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Ever since starting an academy for girls in 2001, it has always been a dream of mine to see an academy for girls football run by girls.

Well here we are in 2021 and the dream has come to fruition not only have we got one of our Senior Ladies running our girls academy on Saturday mornings in Shankill but through sheer hard work Aoibh Hall has stepped it up another level. The club has invested in Aoibh over the years and now their investment is paying dividends.

Aoibh has achieved so much in such a short time, and it is purely down to her own efforts that she is now being recognized as an up and coming coach among her peers


Well done to Shankill FC for recognising the potential not just in Aoibh but in many of the fine young people within the club. With this ethos anything is possible.

Now that we are drawing towards the end of the year, it's time to reflect on how the past year has gone and what progress we have made. Despite 2020 being such a tough one you might be excused for thinking very little progress had been made. Strange as it may seem, this was a year I've seen one of my most ambitious goals achieved. It has long been a dream of mine to see an academy for females run by females. These past few weeks I have worked alongside 5 females who are responsible for the smooth running of academy. Lisa and Amanda oversee the safety of the children on arrival and departure, The Covid Ladies. Aoibh, Cassie and Orlaith ensure the children enjoy themselves while learning their skills. We are small and take it nice and softly, nothing rushed. Out of small acorns, big trees grow as I was gently reminded while watching several players from both sides play in the Womens FAI Cup on Saturday. Our young girls will be taught the same way, with the advantage of having female coaches and mentors. A special thanks to all who have helped with the safe and smooth running of academy. A special mention must go to Barry Hall who has for years now worked hard both on and off the pitch for the benefit of ladies football, not just in Shankill but in the wider community.


2001 players have a lot in common with our present-day youngsters. Both sets of players like encouragement, and fun. They all want to learn and improve and by nature are competitive. Now we know how the player thinks we should be able to adopt our training programme to suit.


Tony Poutch

Academy Director

MOBILE 086 - 1502447


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