New Academy Facebook page HERE
We extend our best wishes to Lisburn Distillery’s Reece Kane ahead of next week’s Milk Cup. Reece, who has recently returned from a second extended trial at Dundee United FC, has been selected for the County Down Premier Squad. County Down will kick-off their campaign with a game against County Antrim on Monday before playing Partick Thistle on Tuesday and the CBF (Craig Bellamy Foundation) from Sierra Leone on Wednesday, with the CBF Squad later heading to Ballyskeagh on Monday 4th August to play an LDFC Academy XI.
Reece was also in goal for the Whites on Tuesday evening’s friendly victory over East Belfast FC and last weekend against Barn United.
Good luck Reece!
You Better Get This Party Started
At our recent registration day Academy Chairman Ged Irwin announced plans to start a ‘Social Committee’ to organise events for academy players, family and friends.
The events will be separate from fundraising such as our annual sponsored walk and
for end of season trips. It’s an opportunity for those who meet regularly on training nights or along the sidelines on a Saturday morning to enjoy each other’s company away from football and have some fun. We have a fantastic social club at our ground to hold events:
It could be a quiz, an 80’s Disco, A Halloween Ball, Bingo, A Tribute Act……Everyone will have their own ideas!
If you’d be interested in helping out in anyway send us a message on our Facebook Page, contact us through the website or speak to a committee member.
Lisburn Distillery Academy will hold a Child Protection and Player Welfare Course for all staff in September at Ballyskeagh (Date TBC) in conjunction with the Irish Football Association.
LDFC Director Ashley Wragg has highlighted that “The training in September will be the third course we have ran since we formed the Academy. It’s best practice to hold it every three years which just goes to show how time flies from when we started off with only a couple of teams. Staff are required to update their CP training every three years and all of our staff (coaching and committee members) also have to complete a POCVA (Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults)
training and a police background check so they can work with young players”
Over a hundred players will take part in the LDFC Mini Soccer Festival on Saturday 2nd August as part of the clubs Family Fun Day & Health Fair. It’s our biggest ever community event and we’ll be releasing more details about everything happening on the day very soon.However we are delighted to confirm that guest teams from Dromara Village FC, Shankill Juniors, Celtic Boys, Andersonstown Celtic, Hillsborough Boys and Glentoran will be taking part in the event along with our very own Wee Whites. Our thanks to Simon Wragg & Academy Chairman Ged Irwin who have both organised the Mini Soccer Festival. There will be tea, coffee, sandwiches and plenty of refreshments on sale from 11am in our own ‘Ballyskeagh Café’ when the action kicks off so players family and friends are more than welcome to come and spend the day with us.
Remember that Sunday 20th July is our annual Registration Day ahead of the 2014/15 season.
All players are required to attend and there will also be an opportunity to order training gear (if needed) with sample sizes and items to try on.
Times are as follows:
11.00am: Under 8s, 9s & 10s
12.15pm: Under 11s, 13s & 14s
1.30pm: Under 15s, 16s, 17s & Youth Team (Under 19s)
Registration Day is a very important part of the summer as we need all players to complete
and update their contact details, medical forms and photo consent forms. Academy Chairman Ged Irwin
will also talk through the Players Charter & Parents Charter for everyone. It’s also a chance to have a chat with committee members
and our coaching staff. There will also be registration taking place for the Lisburn Junior Invitational League & NIBFA.
Please ensure you attend as it is very time consuming chasing up paperwork once the season begins and eats into time we’d like to be organising the fun stuff!
sponsored walk by committe members
3 members of the Lisburn Distillery’s Academy Committee (Simon Wragg, Ged Irwin and David Irwin) are undertaking a mammoth sponsored walk on behalf of the Academy and Mayors Charity, Marie Curie on Saturday 9th August 2014. The 3 members will walk a massive 16 miles across Belfast and finish at New Grosvenor stadium in time for the 1st game of the season. Their task will begin at Breda Park home of Knockbreda and they will walk to Harland and Wolff’s, Tillysburn Park. After a short stop their next port of call will be Dundela’s, Wilgar Park for some more photos. Their penultimate stop on their journey will be to local rivals and close neighbors Donegal Celtic and their ground Donegal Celtic Park. It’s then just a short journey up to New Grosvenor in time to see the kickoff of the 2014/15 season against Knockbreda where the epic walk commenced. We hope you will all support the guys on their quest to help the academy and mayors charity.
More info will follow shortly.
Lisburn Distillery Academy wish to thank Sport Lisburn for supporting our Mini-Soccer Festival which takes place on Saturday 2nd August as part of the club’s Fun Day & Health Fair at New Grosvenor Stadium, Ballyskeagh.
Sport Lisburn have supported the event by awarding a small grant which will mean all players and teams taking part in the festival will receive medals to mark the occasion. Over a hundred players will be involved on the day and a full list of visiting teams will be confirmed soon.
Visit from Sierra Leone (Craig Bellamy Foundation)
Lisburn Distillery is delighted to announce some very special guests from the Craig Bellamy Foundation from Sierra Leone in Western Africa.
An LDFC Academy XI will take on a team from Sierra Leone's only professional football Academy as part of their trip to Northern Ireland for this summer's Milk Cup.
The game takes place at New Grosvenor Stadium, Ballyskeagh on Monday 4th August kicking off at 6.45pm and we hope to see a big crowd to welcome our guests who have taken time out of a very busy schedule to take part in this special game.
Our thanks also to Johnny McKinstry who is manager of the Sierra Leone national team and also head of the Craig Bellamy Foundation's Academy Programme. Johnny, from Lisburn, is a lifelong friend of Lisburn Distillery FC and has worked with Simon Wragg to organise the game.
Sam Allen and Richard Evans will take charge of the LDFC team as part of their new role as running the clubs Youth Team (Under 19s) in next seasons Irish League Section A.
Family fun day at Ballyskeagh
On Saturday 2nd August, Lisburn Distillery FC is holding a fun day at New Grosvenor Stadium, Ballyskeagh. There will be plenty happening on the day and we want to see as many of our Academy players, family and friends supporting the event. For this reason there will be no training or friendly games organised on this date for Academy teams.
However we are holding a mini-soccer tournament as part of the Fun Day for our Under 8s, 9s, 10s & 11s. We’ll have more details confirmed over the next few days but remember to put it in your diary, IPad or your phone or why not just write it down and stick it on your fridge? See you there.
REGISTRATION DAY AND TRAINING GEAR FITTING
This season’s Academy Registration Day and fitting for any new training gear Academy players require will take place on Sunday 20th July.
Times are as follows
11.00am under 8s, 9s and 10s
12.15pm under 11s, 13s and 14
1.30pm under 15s, 16s, 17s and Youth team.
Fitting for new training gear along with registration for Lisburn League, NIBFA Cup and all club Charters will be completed on the day.
Open training session
Lisburn Distillery is recruiting boys born 2007 for their new under 8 team. There is an open training session at Laurelhill grass pitches on Saturday 28th June between 10-11:30am.
Any queries please contact mini-soccer co-ordinator Simon Wragg on 07747379372.