Cork schools in search of sports stars

Ireland U21 manager Noel King takes on Nagle Community College pupils Jordan Reynolds, Jack Walsh, Keelyn Cotter, and Daniel Djomo as the school launched an academy partnership with Cork City FC.

Two Cork schools have signed separate deals with sports groups to produce the next generation of rowing and soccer stars.

Christian Brothers College and Cork Boat Club have signed a joint memorandum of understanding to formalise their long-standing relationship.

It follows the recent decision by the school’s board of management to invest in rowing boats and equipment, and will see the school working more closely with Cork Boat Club to take advantage of its excellent coaching and training facilities.

And Nagle Community College in Mahon has joined forces with Cork City Football Club to launch a football academy which will help identify and develop talented young players in the region.

Principal Ronan McCarthy said the school has produced incredible footballers in the past including Alan Browne and Gearoid Morrissey, both of whom have gone on to play professional football in England.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for our senior cycle students and we are absolutely delighted to partner with Cork City FC on this,” said Mr McCarthy

Noel King, the manager of Ireland under-21 men’s side, who launched the initiative, said it will give senior cycle students a fantastic opportunity to combine education and elite football skills.

“The development of young Irish players is of great importance to the fortunes of the game, both domestically and internationally, and a partnership like this can only serve to give more opportunities to players to develop, both from a football point of view and in terms of their education.”

Meanwhile, the deal between Christians and Cork Boat Club has been endorsed by Rowing Ireland, the national governing body for rowing.

Christians’ principal Larry Jordan said that several past pupils have gone on to row at university level and at the highest levels of rowing both nationally and internationally.

Cork Boat Club captain Karen McCarthy said: “The relationship with Christian Brothers College has been a very positive one and we are delighted to now work more closely with the college to develop deep rowing talent in the coming months and years.”

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