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Celtic Soccer Academy and Newbridge Town F.C. will launch their partnership agreement on Monday October 3 2016 in the Clubhouse on Station Road at 7pm.

Celtic Soccer Academy is delighted to announce that they have added Newbridge Town FC to their ever growing International Club Partnership Programme.  This long term partnership with Newbridge Town FC will involve the sharing of club methodologies, coach education, coaching camps and it will also present Newbridge Town FC with the opportunity to visit Glasgow, Scotland to experience what life is like for an academy player at Celtic Football Club. Newbridge Town FC will also have the chance to send their coaches to Celtic Football Club to attend the renowned International Coaches Convention in Glasgow and receive a behind the scenes look at how Celtic develops young players to reach their potential.

Newbridge Town FC boasts a membership of over 600 children and their hard work and dedication within the area of Newbridge was a major factor in the Celtic Soccer Academy choosing them as their newest club partner.


‘This is a very exciting opportunity for everyone involved with Newbridge Town FC. We have dedicated a lot of time over the last fifty years in making this club one of the biggest in Ireland. But, more importantly, we have sought at every chance to provide the members with the best chance to experience great training and coaching facilities and this partnership with Celtic Soccer Academy will improve the standard of coaching at our club even further.’

Jimmy Dowling, Chairman of Newbridge Town FC

Celtic FC’s International Soccer Academy Manager Tony Massie added: ‘We are delighted to add Newbridge Town FC to our International Club Partnership Programme and it again emphasises our commitment to building relationships across the globe. Newbridge Town FC is a very ambitious and progressive club and we are looking forward to a long and prosperous partnership with them.’

Celtic Football Club

Celtic Football Club is one of the biggest and best-supported teams in the world. Wearing their iconic green and white hoops, Celtic are instantly recognisable when they play and are renowned for playing attractive football, their passionate fans and their many successes on the field of play.

They are currently champions of Scotland and regularly compete in the UEFA Champions League, where they recorded one of their most famous victories by defeating FC Barcelona 2-1 at Celtic Park in 2012. Celtic are previous winners of the competition when in 1967 they became the first British team to be crowned Champions of Europe.

Founded in 1887, the club was formed as a means to alleviate poverty in the East End of Glasgow. The club now boasts 40,000 season ticket holders and millions of fans worldwide. Its stadium, which is also known as “Paradise”, has a capacity of 60,506, making it the second largest club stadium in the UK. The club remains true to its charitable roots via the outstanding work of the Celtic FC Foundation which aids local charities and global appeals.

Through the Celtic Soccer Academy the club has many official partner clubs across the globe, taking the ethos of talent development, fair play and social interaction through sport into many communities worldwide, teaching kids how to play “The Celtic Way”.



Newbridge Town Football Club

Newbridge Town F.C. was founded in 1969 when a group of boys, under the guidance of Joe Barry and Tony Hannigan, from the Newbridge Youth Club decided they wanted to form a soccer team. The new Club entered the Counties Division 2, finishing fourth and winning the Counties Cup in their first season. In succeeding years they won Division 2 and Division 1 and progressed to the Leinster Junior League where they quickly established themselves against such renowned clubs as Cherry Orchard, Home Farm, Wayside Celtic etc. They moved relentlessly up through the Divisions and into the Leinster  Senior League and won the Senior Division in the 1998/1999 season. The first team were promoted last season and at present play in the LSL Senior 1 Sunday under manager Paul Perth and their ambition is to return to the very top flight in the coming seasons.

Over the forty seven years of it’s existence, Newbridge Town F.C. has produced numerous top class players, including internationals such as Tom Shaw and  Alan Gough, while constantly upgrading their facilities with the support of the local community and loyal sponsors. From lowly beginnings in Ryans Field the club now boast three full sized grass pitches (one floodlit), a full sized floodlight Astro, 3 floodlit small sized Astros, a clubhouse with indoor gymns, meeting rooms, bar and dressing rooms befitting a club of it’s size. For the 2016/2017 season there are over thirty teams representing Newbridge Town in the Leinster Senior League, D.D.S.L., Combined Counties League and K.D.U.L., divided among all age groups from Under 10 to adults, including three girls underage teams. Newbridge Town also runs both a boys and girls Academy for children aged 4 – 8 years old, where they learn skills in a non-competative envoirnment, with nearly 300 registered to date.

Newbridge Town F.C. are delighted to enter into this partnership with Celtic F.C. as it will assist the club with it’s long-term objectives of ensuring standards are constantly rising within the club regarding the exposure of coaches and managers to the best practices and instruction, which in turn leads to more skilful and technically proficient players.


Contact Information

Tony Massie, Celtic FC International Soccer Academy Manager. Email tmassie@celticfc.co.uk

Jimmy Dowling (Chairman). Email jimmydowling6@gmail.com

Antoinette Thorpe (Secretary). Email Anntoinette195234@outlook.com

Gary O’Carroll (Schoolboy Secretary). Email garyocarrollntfc@gmail.com

Leo Dunne (Academy Director). Email leodunne50@hotmail.com


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