Back in 2000 Armagh City Football Club realised that as a result of the increased funding pressures and a lack of coaching knowledge and opportunities available in local primary and secondary schools more and more kids were missing out on the opportunity to enjoy football and develop their skills in a welcoming and educational environment.
The lack of development in the Armagh area had meant that over the years kids had to travel out of the city to play with many more being lost to the game altogether. Nowhere in the Armagh area was quality coaching being made available to kids from all sides of the community – regardless of sex or ability – and as a cross community club Armagh City FC felt that it was important that we fill this vacuum and give all children the chance to develop their skills and enjoy the game.
In pursuit of this a youth committee was appointed within the club to address this issue, comprising of Aidan Murphy (club chairman at that time), Nigel Cooke and Geoff Lester (committee members). With assistance from Sean Daly, Gary Cooke and Paul Kelly, training, coaching and competitive teams were initially established at under 16, 15 and 12.
City Youth now have 9 youth teams from under 11 to under 17 playing in the NIBFA National League and Mid-Ulster League, and have previously competed in the Irish Youth League. In addition to this we run a successful mini-soccer school on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings for younger children. This is backed up by under 14 girls team and a very successful Ladies team catering for over 16s.
To ensure that a suitable environment exists in which all young people regardless of sex, religion or ability have the opportunity to develop their skills to the maximum of their ability and interest and enable them to play at the highest possible level.
To ensure that the club becomes the focal point for football in the district by combining the provision of quality coaching with excellent playing and spectator facilities.
- Make football available to all
- Provide opportunities for representative honours and progression to senior football
- Develop links with schools in the district
- Develop links with Armagh City and District Council, IFA and SELB
- Foster cross border links with a club from the Irish Republic