Warrenpoint Town Football Club is delighted to announce Aaron McNeill as Academy manager. Aaron has a vast amount of experience working with teams such as Swansea City, Nottingham Forest and Port Vale. Aaron also runs his own coaching program AM Pro coaching. A great addition to Warrenpoint Town FC.
Aaron provides us with an update from the academy which includes academy players which have made their debut for the first team.
Aaron states, “We are very proud of 9 senior first team debuts from our academy to the 1st team this season with our youngest Irish Premier League debut ever at a tender 15 years of age.
“A key objective of the academy is to develop players that have the potential to make the transition from academy to first team football. Personally, it has been brilliant to see several academy players flourish within the first team environment, it gives everyone confidence, the players, staff and community that the process we are implementing at the academy is developing.
“Our academy players understand the step up to the first team is massive but equally they are keen to embrace the challenge. For young players it shows there is a clear pathway here to the first team. If you are prepared to work hard, have the right attitude and patience, then when the opportunity arises, you need to be ready to step up and grasp it with both hands.
“With several academy players currently involved with the first team panel this has provided additional opportunities for many of our U16s & U18s who have stepped up and challenged themselves regularly at U18 and U20s football, at the highest level of the Northern Ireland Football League (NIFL).
“I am aware the immediate results of games in the short-term can be affected, due to the volume of players playing up at any given time with variables in age, maturity, physicality and game management skills. However, I believe the long-term benefits of players embracing these challenges outweigh the short-term, as our players will grow and develop from these experiences which will support their development and preparations as they aim to make the transition into senior football.”
First team debuts from the academy 2019/2020
Ben Mullan, Kris Cowan, Ryan O’Kane, Carian McCann, Mark Byrne, Lorcan Murnaghan, Jason Sloan, Matty Taylor and Ethan Copes.
Aaron McNeill – Academy Manager Warrenpoint Town FC
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