This coming weekend will mark a huge occasion in the history of Carrick Rovers AFC and indeed of the town itself with the arrival of renowned Glasgow Celtic FC Football Development Officer Willie McNab to our town to officially launch a Club Partnership Scheme between Carrick Rovers and the Glasgow giants.
Mr McNab will arrive in Carrickmacross on Friday 8th February and will remain with us until Sunday 10th during which time he will engage with Carrick Rovers members and people of the town before officially launching the Glasgow Celtic FC Club Partnership Scheme.
As part of his visit, Mr McNab, who coincidently will be the main speaker at the Football Coaches Association of Ireland conference in the Citywest in March, will visit our own youth academy at Aclint on Saturday morning before taking in a few Carrick Rovers underage games in late morning /early afternoon. He will then deliver a Coach Education session to all our coaches and involving members of our U14 squad before hosting a Question and Answer session on coaching. His busy weekend will continue on Sunday when he will deliver a presentation to club members on "The Celtic Way"- Coaching at the Celtic Youth Academy and his weekend in Carrickmacross will conclude with a presentation on the Glasgow Celtic Soccer Partnership Scheme Ireland which will be open to club members and sponsors etc.
This visit will act as a precursor to the Carrick Rovers/Glasgow Celtic Soccer Skills Camp which will take place in the week Monday March 25th-Friday 29th March when 4 coaches from Celtic FC will spend the week in Carrickmacross providing top class coaching to 12-16 year olds.
It is a huge honour and achievement for Carrick Rovers AFC and for the town of Carrickmacross itself to become associated with the worldwide brand which is Celtic FC and can only be of great benefit to the club and the town. Carrick Rovers are the only club between Dublin and Belfast to become part of the Celtic FC Soccer Partnership Scheme and as such it is hoped that promising players from all over the North East/ North Midlands area will avail of the opportunity to be coached by Celtic FC coaches during the soccer camp during the Easter holidays which in turn would bring people from all over the region into the town.
Glasgow Celtics Irish association needs no introduction, with their roots being traced back to the founding of the club in 1888 by Brother Walfrid from Sligo in order to provide funding for the poverty stricken Irish in Glasgows East end. Celtic, who became the first team from Britain to win the European Cup, in 1967, have maintained that Irish connection to the present day with such players as Packie Bonner, Roy Keane, Robbie Keane, Charlie Tully, Sean Fallon and Aiden McGeady having graced Celtic Park and it is no surprise that they have a huge following in Ireland.
It was to acknowledge this association that the club set up the Celtic FC Soccer Partnership Ireland scheme and it now has around 5 clubs in Ireland in the scheme with Carrick Rovers being the latest addition. Next weekend will bring to fruition a number of months of work behind the scenes in order to bring this scheme to Carrickmacross and ensure that the town is from now on linked with this world famous club.