With over 300 kids enrolled, Carrick Rangers FC takes great pride in its Academy set up, providing local boys and girls, aged 5 right up to 18, the opportunity to keep active and play football.
The Academy set-up has over 70 coaches across 14 age groups, and has recently undergone a restructure to create 4 new roles, known as Head of Phases, with each coach managing a specific age group;
Discovery Phase (U7-U9)
Skill Acquisition Phase (U10-U12)
Game Training Phase (U13-U15)
Performance Phase (NIFL U16-U18)
Each Head of Phase position is responsible for identifying talent that is ready to move up a playing level, as well as mentoring and assisting other coaches.
In addition to this, a separate working committee has been created, this group will oversee the running of the Academy, reducing the administration time coaches were previously responsible for and ultimately providing our young players with more time to work on their skills and enjoy the game.
Speaking about the restructuring, Interim Head of Academy, John McAllister said,
“We are delighted to have made the appointments of our Heads of Phase as part of our restructuring project which began last year. We are excited by the interest in the roles and the candidates we were able to select who each bring wide ranging qualities and fresh ideas.
We believe that the heads of phase will help us to provide the best environment for players to develop and enjoy their football. There are a number of other exciting aspects of the restructure still to come and we look forward to implementing these over the coming months including coach education and curriculum.
I would like to place on record my sincere thanks to our Academy who have worked very hard to help put this in place, we have much to look forward to this upcoming year.”
In addition, Carrick Rangers First Team Manager, Niall Currie added, “It is important for our Club that we are in a position to bring through our own young talent, we have already given a number of young players that have developed in the Academy an opportunity at First Team level and we understand the importance of continuing to do that to encourage their development.
The work our Academy coaches put in is invaluable, and I look forward to seeing the young players at Carrick Rangers Football Club continue to grow under their guidance.”