Bohemian’s announce new strategic partnership with St. Kevin’s Football Club

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The Gypsies outlined the new agreement with St. Kevin’s on Saturday. 

Bohemian's have announced a new strategic partnership with St Kevin’s FC. In a statement on the club’s website, the partnership will cover the U-13, and U-14 League of Ireland boys teams. 

Bohs state they want to “establish an in-depth shared strategic football oversight group that will ensure comprehensive player and coach development in Ireland’s best footballing facilities and environment. 

“Bohemian FC will continue to strengthen and develop both our core youth teams and community-based football structures for hundreds of boys and girls from across the city, while simultaneously expanding our club affiliate model with like-minded Dublin clubs”.

The Gypsies and St. Kevin’s were linked in an exclusive partnership previously but ended that agreement in 2022 when Bohemians wanted to reshape their underage structure and build relationships with other clubs in a wider affiliate model. 

St Kevin’s have produced some of Ireland’s finest footballers such as Liam Brady, Damien Duff, and Evan Ferguson most recently. Bohemian’s have benefitted from the link up in the past with players like Ross Tierney, Dawson Devoy and current midfielder James McManus all becoming first team players at the club. 

Bohemian’s Director of Football Pat Fenlon on the new agreement said, “This new agreement builds upon a long-standing relationship between Bohs and St Kevin’s, and will serve the ambitions and needs of both clubs well.

“St Kevin’s have a proven track record of developing young talent as Bohs fans will know from the quality players that came to the club over the past number of years from Kevin’s.

“We want the very best of players to come through that academy system, and there have been huge strides within our own youth structures at Bohemians as well to ensure that there are now several avenues available for players, both boys and girls.

“The addition of Ray Scully as Small Sided Games Coordinator last year has built on and complemented the work done by the Youth Committee and existing coaching structures at the club, and I feel that their efforts will really bear fruit in the coming seasons, with talented boys and girls coming through the system.

“As well as bringing through players from St Kevin’s and our own club structures, we will also continue to work closely with our affiliate clubs, so that the best young players across the city have a clear route to progress to academy level football.

“The future pathway through our academy to the first teams, both men’s and women’s, will be greatly enhanced by our plans to further develop the already excellent facilities at the Oscar Traynor Centre.

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