Young Lions Soccer Summer School

The Clara based Young Lions Soccer School is now entering its 3rdyear. The focus of the school is on individual coaching and player development for boys and girls, ranging in age from 5 years to 9 years. The long term plan is to equip players from the Midlands to successfully apply for 3rdlevel Soccer Scholarships and Representative Honours.
The School operates for 10 weeks in the summer in Stanley O’Hara Park Clara, home of Clara Town FC. This programme is open to all-comers’ from Offaly & Westmeath.  In the autumn a 10 week Progression School for 20 players runs indoor in Moate Community Centre and a further 10 week Advance Course also based in Moate Community Centre runs from February annually.
There are 6 Coaches attached to the School, all of whom are progressing through the FAI National Coaching Programme.
The current group is preparing for a chance of a lifetime coaching-trip to the world famous Ajax Soccer Coaching Academy in Amsterdam in May 2015.  The group, 40 in total, made up of players; coaches; parents and grandparents will be in the Dutch capital for 4 days based at the seaside resort of Noordwijk. The players will attend 4 days coaching under the direction of the elite Ajax FC Academy Coaches while at the same time the Clara School’s own coaches will also attend 4 days intensive Ajax Coaching specifically designed for coaches. The tour also includes matches against Amsterdam opposition and an open-top bus tour of the city.