Ciaran Duffy Appointed Belvo Academy Development Coach

(23 May 2017)

By Jamie Moore














The Executive Committee of Belvedere FC are pleased to announce the appointment of Ciaran Duffy as our Academy Development Coach.

Ciaran (above) brings a wealth of first-hand knowledge and experience to the position having coach in our Academy for the last five years.

He will be fully responsible for all coaching and development activities within our academy

We wish Ciaran every success in his new post.

Ciaran has been speaking to about his new role.












Pic: Ciaran and our other academy coaches and former Belvo players Sean Kavanagh and John O'Sullivan, who are now professional footballers in England.

Giving Back

“I look forward to Saturday morning all week as I love seeing the kids having fun and gaining skills that will stand to them in life as well as on the football pitch. I played for the club myself and always wanted to give something back for the brilliant experiences I enjoyed while getting top quality coaching.” 

“We’ve grown the academy from around 20 kids per week in 2012 to over 70 per week now with players aged from four to eight playing every week. We extended the academy to two time slots to deal with the higher numbers greater numbers. 2016 was a defining year for us when we passed on both a Saturday and Sunday team into u8 football at the one time.”

So what will Ciaran do in his new role?

“It is really about providing a quality structure that meets the needs of an increasing number of young players for quality, modern coaching that is consistent with Belvo's history but adapts to a constantly changing football environment.”

“Our aim is to populate our U8 teams with players already ingrained in Belvo's culture who have good fundamentals and are hungry to learn and play ‘The Belvo Way.’ We also want to source and support quality coaches through the academy who move on with our U8 teams, knowing the players attributes and understanding the type of players we are trying to develop.”












Duffy says fun and enjoyment are the two main keys.

“It's crucial for us that the players enjoy their football experience but we also want to challenge them to fulfil their own potential. There are significant resources and planning required to do all of that in a consistent way, year after year, but the club's executive believe it's crucial for the health and continued success of the club.”

Helping our young players to become as comfortable as possible on the ball, as early as possible in their young careers in a crucial aspect of the academy.

“A lot of our coaching focuses on encouraging players to be comfortable on the ball and learn to dribble like the old street footballers such as Wes Hoolahan. We use a lot of 1v1 and 2v2 games to expose players to dribbling from day one. We feel players who are individually competent on the ball can be better coached in passing at a slightly older stage.”

“With changes in society, there's no doubt kids get less free-play than ever before. As a parent of a nine and seven year old myself, I take any opportunity I can to have an informal kick around with my kids and I think parents can be a big influence encouraging kids to have additional contact time with the ball during the week. The players do get "homework" which is simply a range of skills manipulating the ball than can be done in any setting during the week.”












With the change of the DDSL schoolboy calendar season to ‘summer soccer’, our academy season has also changed, as Ciaran explains.

“The academy has been very busy since we adjusted to the single calendar season in February. We often have more than 70 kids attending on a Saturday even after 15 players progressed onto an additional U8 team who left us in February. In terms of playing football, kids don't really care what time of year it is and because we use astro facilities, it doesn't have much of an impact on us but the nice weather helps. We will continue through a decent portion of the July to August DDSL summer break and take a break from mid-July to mid-August.   

The Belvo Academy takes place every Saturday morning in the Clontarf Astro Complex between 9.30am and 12 noon.

Times vary depending on the age of our players between four and eight.

For more info, if your child would like to join, or if you would like to coach, contact Ciaran on 087 236 83 84.


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