Panthers on the prowl for new talent

by Stephen Findlater

THE South Dublin Panthers American Football Academy, for boys and girls born in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006, resumes training this week in Tymon Park following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions. 

The Panthers, one of Ireland’s premier American Football clubs, are seeking to add to their crop of young athletes participating in this exciting sport.
Qualified Coaches from Ireland, Europe and the United States attend to the Panthers teams which range from the academy level, through non-contact flag football, to the senior adult team. 

In 2019, the club’s academy reached the national semi-finals with the seniors going a step further and head coach Steve McDonnell told the Dublin Gazette he is hoping to build on that success.  

“We really believe in developing young athletes here and we have seen the benefits of that. 

“Our Academy players have gone on to represent Ireland in American Football and have played for the senior team as we competed for the Shamrock Bowl.  

“It’s one of the elements of this club that sets us apart I believe, our focus on developing young players. We have one of the best academy set ups in the country and we’re only just beginning to see the benefits of that now.” 

Training resumes on May 8 in Tymon Park. Contact the Panthers on Instagram, Facebook or their website to find out more. 

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