Shamrock Rovers and Lucan United F.C. link up to pave the way for future stars of the League of Ireland.
Shamrock Rovers and Lucan United F.C. have entered a partnership which sees both clubs working together to give children from the Lucan area and further afield a pathway to professional football in this country.
It is another exciting partnership at underage level following on from previous announcements of Shamrock Rovers partnerships with Corduff F.C. and Kildare District Underage League as the club implements its stated commitment of giving players every opportunity to fulfil their true potential.
Speaking on behalf of Shamrock Rovers, Shane Robinson (Academy Director) said:
“This is an exciting partnership for Shamrock Rovers. Over the last two years we have been slowly growing the relationship and this is the next step for both. Lucan United is a forward thinking club with some great people behind it. Our existing partnerships with Corduff and the KDUL are already proving to be very beneficial for both sides. We have a unique games programme in place with both and look forward to adding Lucan United to the programme.
Lucan United have close to 800 players playing for the club in the Dublin District Schoolboy League (31 teams), Leinster Senior League (2 teams) and the Metropolitan Girls League (9 teams) along with an over 35’s team.
The close proximity of Lucan to Tallaght and the population of the every expanding South Dublin area makes this a good move for both clubs. It provides a pathway in and out of both clubs and we believe that we can make each other stronger and stronger by being able to provide appropriate levels of football for all kids. We will continue to compete which each other on the pitch and help each other off it.
We are all looking forward to working with the people of Lucan United and welcome them to the Football Club.”
Keith Hyland, Chairman of Lucan United, said:
“Lucan United is delighted to announce a working partnership with Shamrock Rovers FC, Ireland’s most successful football club. This partnership will provide Lucan United with access to additional coaching expertise from SRFC coaches, further developing the strong coaching ethos of Lucan United and also provide support for our coaching initiative in local schools. It is an opportunity for both clubs to further grow and present a pathway for elite players at all age groups right through to the SSE Premier Division. This is an exciting development for Lucan United and we look forward to working closely with the team at Shamrock Rovers in the coming season.”