30 Nov St. Francis F.C. Set for London Tour
St. Francis F.C. youth sides are set to go on to on a tour of London and play a host of top London sides. The trip, arranged in conjunction with DB Sports Tours, will see St. Francis F.C. Under-13 and Under-15 teams travel to London for the trip of a lifetime.
Both sides currently compete in Ireland’s leading youth league, the DDSL Premier Division, while the Under-15 side are also back-to-back All Ireland Champions for 2013 and 2014.
Firstly, both sides will get to soak up the atmosphere and experience the facilities at championship side Brighton Hove & Albion’s academy. Brighton’s brand new £35m development was recently awarded the category 1 status, the highest ranking under the Premier League’s Elite Players Performance Plan (EPPP).
The award gives Albion’s youth setup the same recognition as clubs such as Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City, therefore the St. Francis F.C. players will be playing among the finest academy facilities in England.
Firstly on the Saturday morning of the trip both the Under-13 and Under-15 sides will play Fulham FC. Fulham are known as one of the finest clubs for youth development in England in the past 5 years, with the set-up being headed by Huw Jennings, the man behind the development of players such as Theo Walcott and Gareth Bale at Southampton. Currently DB Sports Tours represent two of Fulham’s finest youth talents, Ireland’s under-19 captain Noe Baba and Irish International Anthony Dolan.
Following the two games on Saturday morning the players will head to Reading vs. Middlesbrough as guests of honour for the midday Championship kick off. The action won’t end there for the lads, with another set of games planned for the following day.
On Sunday both the Under-13 and the Under-15 sides will get to test their wits against Brighton’s boys. Again DB Sports Tours represents another Irish top prospect Daniel Mandroui who put pen to paper for the seagulls last month.
For more information on how the lads get on, keep an eye on the blog here.