Shamrock Rovers have announced a new club partnership with local schoolboy club Templeogue United that will attempt to improve the player pathway for young players.
It’s the fourth such partnership the League of Ireland club have announced following associations in the past year with Corduff, Lucan United and the Kildare District League.
The FAI has encouraged League of Ireland clubs and schoolboy nurseries to foster links to improve the opportunities for young players to reach elite level at underage and senior.
Templeogue is ideally placed at an equal distance of five kilometres between Rovers’ traditional heartland of Milltown and current home in Tallaght.
United have produced underage internationals past and present including Barry Quinn, who captained Ireland to an Under-18 European Championships title in 1998.
Current Everton trainee Steven Kinsella is a graduate of the club, while former Hoops players Mark Leech and Darragh Kavanagh were also on the books at the Wellington Lane club.
“This is another exciting partnership for Shamrock Rovers,” Hoops academy director Shane Robinson said. Over the last two years we been adding to our partnerships. We already have partnerships with KDUL, Corduff FC and Lucan Utd.
“This partnership is one that brings two clubs in close proximity of each other together. It is important that between all the clubs we provide the appropriate level of competition for the players.
“We see this partnership as being crucial to this plan. Templeogue have a history of producing schoolboy internationals and it is our intention to help them to continue this tradition.
“Already we have a number of former Templeogue Utd players playing in our National League teams and we are looking forward to adding to this list.
“Templeogue Utd has some great people working with the club and we are looking forward to working closely with them.
“Our existing partnerships with Corduff FC, Lucan Utd and the KDUL are already proving to be very beneficial for both sides and we welcome Templeogue Utd to our club.”
Templeogue United secretary John Cannon added: “This partnership will prove to be hugely beneficial to both clubs.
“It will help nurture all of our teams across the club, whatever the standard of football. Over the next number of years, both clubs will work closely together in a coaching and learning capacity.
“Within this link, players from both clubs may at times unite to train together and to enter tournaments with the other affiliates involved.
“This may also result in a possible movement of players between both clubs, providing a great opportunity for our players to reach their maximum potential.”