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UCD AFC visit the Shanganagh Summer Project

UCD AFC first team members visited the Shanganagh Summer Project in Shankill last Wendesday. thumb_web8

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UCD Roll Out Anti Racism Message in Schools

Our Lady's Grove Goatstown "Show Racism the Red Card!"
UCD academey director and assistant manager Martin Russell and his team have been busy visiting local schools and are rolling out the anti racism message to children. Since the new school term started the football in the community team have been out to St. Olaf's National School Dundrum, Our Lady's Boys School Ballinteer, Our Lady's National School Milltown, St. Killians Clonskeagh, and Our Lady's Grove Goatstown.
St. Olaf's National School "Show Racism the Red Card!"
All schools received specialist football training from Martin and first team UCD player Shane Duggan. Sessions include close ball control, dribbling, passing, shooting and mini games, all conducted in a fun and enjoyable atmosphere.
St. Olaf's National School
Also included inthe day's activities at St. Olaf's Schools was a 20 minute video from leading irish sports stars outlining their anti racism message and encouraging inclusion between all ethnic groups. A short discussion was then held where children were invited to offer their opinions on the issue.

If your in the South Dublin area and would like Martin and his team to visit your school please send him an email at:
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Mount Merrion Boys FC Academy Open Day!

On May 10th the Football in the Community team visited Mount Merrion FC for a fun filled ‘UCD AFC Open Day’, providing soccer coaching and games for all the academy kids! The team, headed by first team coach Martin Russell, boasted a number of our best players including strikers Timmy Purcell and Paul Byrne, midfielders Patrick McWalter, Greg Bolger, Ronan Finn, Brian King, Anthony Doyle and John Reilly and long time UCD defender Alan McNally. Proud Young Footballer Enjoys His Day! Martin and his team spent the day coaching all the vital footballing skills including passing, dribbling and finishing. As well as this, fun small-sided games between the young academy players were enjoyed by all. Skills sessions! At the end of the day all the academy players were given free ‘Junior Blues Packs’ including pens, key rings, posters. The UCD players then made themselves available for autographs with plenty of posters being signed! Autograph Hunters! UCD AFC would like to thank Mount Merrion FC and their young coaches who assisted in the smooth running of the day and wish all members continued success in the future. The whole gang!
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UCD Soccer Skills team visit Hollypark and Kill O' The Grange schools

Over the week of April 14th the UCD coaching team visited Hollypark and Kill O The Grange Schools in Dublin. These visits were a continuation of UCD Football Clubs soccer skills in schools programme and were a great success. UCD Coach Martin Russell was assisted by first team player Greg Bolger to deliver a skills based coaching session to young soccer enthusiasts from Hollypark. Dribbling and close control were amongst the skills worked on, while fun and enjoyment was had by all during the session. Later in the week Martin visited Kill O The Grange with first team player Ian Bermingham. Once again the emphasis was on dribbling and close contact with the ball. Each young student is provided with their own ball during the session which is a massive help. The coaching sessions are delivered in an entertaining and enjoyable fashion, with all students keenly involved, regardless of their ability. All young students were invited to become Official Junior Blues and we look forward to seeing them at upcoming UCD matches at Belfield Bowl! For further information, and to get your school involved please contact Martin Russell via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Over the week of April 14th the UCD coaching team visited Hollypark and Kill O The Grange Schools in Dublin. These visits were a continuation of UCD Football Clubs soccer skills in schools programme and were a great success. UCD Coach Martin Russell was assisted by first team player Greg Bolger to deliver a skills based coaching session to young soccer enthusiasts from Hollypark. Dribbling and close control were amongst the skills worked on, while fun and enjoyment was had by all during the session. Later in the week Martin visited Kill O The Grange with first team player Ian Bermingham. Once again the emphasis was on dribbling and close contact with the ball. Each young student is provided with their own ball during the session which is a massive help. The coaching sessions are delivered in an entertaining and enjoyable fashion, with all students keenly involved, regardless of their ability. All young students were invited to become Official Junior Blues and we look forward to seeing them at upcoming UCD matches at Belfield Bowl! For further information, and to get your school involved please contact Martin Russell via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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