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Our 2024 Signings So Far

Weeks after the 2023 season has come to an end, preparations for the 2024 season are already underway. Here is a brief review on all of our current squad’s to date:

Senior Men’s Players

Jamar Campion-Hinds

Ruben Candal

Aaron Connolly

Oisin Duffy

Dean Ebbe

German Fuentes Rodriguez

Dylan Gavin

Dylan Hand

Jarlath Jones

Shane Forbes

Jamal Ibrahim

Divine Izekor

Matthew Leal

Peter McGregor

Daniel McKenna

Enda Minogue

Carl Mujaguzi

Amardo Oakley

Gabriel Padilla

Roscoe Rubinstein

Gideon Tetteh

Brian Torre

Noah Van Geenen

Senior Women’s Players

Kellie Brennan

Shauna Brennan

Kerryanne Brown

Abby Carchio 

Madison Gibson

Antea Guvo

Katie Keane

Gillian Keenan

Casey Howe

Amy Mahon

Aoife Murphy-O’Connor

Roisin Molloy

Mary Philips

Isabel Ryan

Laurie Ryan

Jenaya Robertson

Jesi Rossman

Kayleigh Shine

Chloe Singleton

Kate Slevin

We will be making a couple more signings and re-signings in the coming weeks in the build-up to the new season, so make sure to keep an eye out on our website and social media channels!

Season tickets for next season can be purchased by clicking here.

LOITV season passes can be purchased by clicking here.

Women’s President’s Cup Details Confirmed

The 2024 Women’s President’s Cup has been confirmed to take place between Athlone Town and Peamount United at Athlone Town Stadium on Saturday, March 2nd, kicking off at 5pm.

The game will see last season’s SSE Airtricity Women’s Premier Division Champions Peamount United take on the 2023 Sports Direct Women’s FAI Cup Winners Athlone Town.

Tickets are now available via separate links for Athlone Town fans and Peamount United fans.

2024 President’s Cup
Athlone Town v Peamount United
Saturday, March 2nd
Athlone Town Stadium
Kick-off: 5pm

New Youth Training Academy Launched

Athlone Town AFC is proud to announce the expansion of its Youth Academy, introducing a comprehensive training and competition program for young football enthusiasts aged 6 to 14 years, set to commence in the coming weeks.

The Athlone Town AFC Training Academy is a ground-breaking initiative designed to nurture the future stars of the beautiful game, providing a platform for young talents to develop their skills, technique, and tactical prowess while fostering a deep passion for football.

The Athlone Town AFC Training Academy comprises two distinct programs tailored to the specific needs and age groups of young players:

  • The Junior Academy – Catering to players aged 6 to 10, this program lays the foundation for budding football stars, instilling essential skills and techniques from an early age.
  • The Pre-Academy – Aimed at players aged 11 to 14, this program offers a more advanced training curriculum to refine their abilities and prepare them for the challenges of competitive football.

For more information, click here.

Aspiring players can choose between full-time and part-time options to accommodate their schedules and ambitions:

  • Full-time – The Club Teams program, spanning 10 months, immerses players in a dedicated football environment, providing extensive training and development opportunities.
  • Part-time – The Clinics and Camps program, running for 1 month, offers players the flexibility to enhance their skills during specific periods of the year.

For more information, click here.

The Athlone Town AFC Training Academy distinguishes itself with a comprehensive set of features:

  • Technical Training: A focus on skill, creativity, and technique enhancement.
  • Tactical Training: Spatial awareness and game intelligence development.
  • Speed, Strength, and Agility Training: Targeting quickness, reaction abilities, and injury prevention.
  • Professional Coaching: Expert coaches and mentors dedicated to guiding player development.
  • Holistic Approach: Emphasis on life skills such as respect, discipline, teamwork, commitment, and hard work.
  • Competitive Opportunities: Participation in regional leagues, as well as national and international tournaments.
  • Limited Class Sizes: To ensure personalized attention and coaching excellence, each class accommodates a maximum of 30 players.

The Athlone Town Stadium Complex, situated in Athlone, Co. Westmeath, will serve as the vibrant hub for this innovative academy, providing world-class facilities and a conducive learning environment.

To signify your interest in embarking on a path towards footballing excellence, click here. If you have any queries, please contact us at admin@athlonetownafc.ie

Powered by Valeo Futbol, the Athlone Town AFC Training Academy represents a significant milestone in the development of young football talent in the Midlands and beyond. We look forward to nurturing the next generation of football stars and shaping a brighter future for the beautiful game.

Pre-Season Friendlies Confirmed

We are happy to announce that our Men’s Senior team will welcome League of Ireland Premier Division opposition to the Athlone Town Stadium in two pre-season friendlies next month as we look forward to the 2024 season.

On Saturday 13th January 2024 at 3pm, we will host St. Patrick’s Athletic, while on Saturday 27th January 2024 at 6pm, we will host Shelbourne FC.

In our first outing of 2024, we look forward to welcoming the recently crowned FAI Cup champions, St. Patrick’s Athletic, while Leinster Senior Cup ties against Maynooth University Town and Longford Town will take place either side of our second friendly against Damien Duff’s Shelbourne FC.

The busy start to the year will see us play five fixtures at home and one fixture away in the first four weeks of the season.

Order your 2024 Season Ticket Here

Athlone Town AFC Junior Academy

ELITE PLAYER DEVELOPMENT TRAINING PROGRAMS

The Athlone Town AFC – Elite Player Development (EPD) programs are the most comprehensive training sessions in football. 

They are designed for the ambitious/passionate player whose goals are to, have the most fun, learn, and play the game at the highest level. During multiple weeks/months, students benefit from our holistic, progressive, and full-time Academy training. The ATAFC Junior Academy aims to build well-rounded players utilizing a technical, tactical, physical, and mental training model approach. 


The Athlone Town Junior Academy programs features: 

  • Technical training to improve players’ creativity and technique 
  • Small group Tactical training to improve players’ spatial and game intelligence 
  • Age appropriate Speed, Strength, and Agility training to increase quickness, reaction abilities, and injury prevention
  • Professional coaches to guide players development
  • Very low coach : player ratio to provide focused attention on each player’s development

CLUB TEAM PROGRAM

PRE ACADEMY CLUB TEAM PROGRAM

Ages U9-U14 

The Athlone Town Pre-Academy Club Team is an elite training and competition development program designed specifically for ambitious youth players that aspire to play at the highest level. The Pre-Academy Club Team is an intense preparation program that mirrors all aspects of League of Ireland (LOI) Academy teams, the coaches, the training, competition, etc. 

Its focus is purely on individual player development and getting them ready for excellence in top flight youth football. As full-time club members, players will train 1 or 2 times per week, compete in local/ regional league games on the weekend and attend several national and international tournaments over the course of the season.

Highlights

  • Focus on individual player development (skill, technique, game intelligence, etc.)
  • Professional coaches (Local and International)
  • Athlone Town AFC Senior Professional Players as coaches and mentors
  • Progressive weekly training sessions
  • Participation in regional/national leagues 
  • Participation in national and international tournaments 

Teams/Age Groups

Boys & Girls

U9, U10, U11, U12, U13, U14 Reserves


Team Tryouts

Saturday, January 12th, 2024 

Athlone Town Stadium, Lissywollen, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, N37 P7D7

REGISTER FOR TRYOUTS HERE


Team Training Days and Times

Age GroupTimeDays
TRAINING
U9 & U105pm – 6pmMondays + Wednesdays
U11 & U125pm – 6pmMondays + Wednesdays
U13 & U145pm – 6.15pmTuesdays + Thursdays
LEAGUE GAMES
EDP (U9 & U10)9am – 10amSundays
EDP (U11 & U12)10am – 11.30amSundays
EDP (U10 & U14)11:30am – 1pmSundays

Cost

DetailsCost (Per Week)
1 Training Session (Per Week)€20
1 Training + 1 Game (Per Week)€25
2 Training Sessions (Only)€25
2 Training Sessions + 1 Game€30
1 Game (Per Week)€20

REGISTER FOR TRYOUTS HERE


SKILL CLINICS

Minions

Ages 4-7 

Fun! Fun! and even more Fun! is the foundation of this program. The Minions Program is designed to challenge and improve player’s skills and physical abilities. Each week’s activities are varied and include lots of fun games created explicitly for young players. They will learn all the basic skills: dribbling, ball control, passing and receiving in an unstructured way. Each activity has been designed to develop coordination, physical skills, and social interaction. 

REGISTER HERE


Mini-Champions 

Ages 7-10 

The Jr. Academy Mini Champions Program is an advanced, moderately intensive, yet fun program designed specifically to improve a player’s individual skill, technique, and tactical awareness while fostering a love of the game. 

The focus of each athlete is to improve his or her skill, and creativity and become more confident and comfortable with the ball. Players train once or twice per week and in each training session, athletes are guided through fun and challenging workouts that are combined with homework to maximize improvement and ultimately help them become more creative, efficient, and effective players. 

REGISTER HERE


Mini Champions – Advanced 

Ages 8-10 

The Advanced Academy builds on the Mini-Champions program with a more intense focus on developing technique skills and tactical intelligence. This program meets twice per week with one session devoted almost exclusively to skill development and technical training and the other, focused on game, playing and putting into practice what was learned during the mid-week training session. 

An integral aspect of the Advanced Academy is a weekly small-sided tournament consisting of older players. The game is much faster and it is designed to get younger players to play quicker and develop some confidence on the ball while playing against/with bigger faster and stronger players 

REGISTER HERE


BEAST 

Ages 10-14 

Designed for Academy players who want the experience of being in a club environment and training with club players, the BEAST training program is an elite-level training package that encompasses focused speed, agility, strength training and advanced technical and tactical concepts. Over the course of the season, Academy players participate in club training and are fully immersed in the environment. 

The BEAST training program is built on improving Strength (mental and physical) and Speed (technical, tactical, mental and physical speed). All sessions are designed to make players stronger, faster, more explosive while aggressively focused on improving each player’s skill, technique and tactical understanding. 

REGISTER HERE


Cost

DetailsCost (Per Week)
1 Training Session (Per Week)€20
1 Training + 1 Game (Per Week)€30
2 Training Sessions (Only)€30
2 Training Sessions + 1 Game€40
1 Game (Per Week)€20

Training Days and Times

Age GroupTimeDays
TRAINING
Minions (5-7yrs)5pm – 6pmMondays + Wednesdays
Mini-Champs (7-10yrs)5pm – 6pmMondays + Wednesdays
BEAST (10-12yrs)5pm – 6.15pmTuesdays + Thursdays
BEAST (12-14 yrs)5pm – 6.15pmTuesdays + Thursdays
LEAGUE GAMES
ATAFC Minion League (5-7yrs)9am – 10amSaturdays
ATAFC Mini Champions League(7-10yrs)10am – 11.30pmSaturdays
ATAFC Champions League (10-14yrs)11.30am – 1pmSaturdays

Start Date

February 2024


Location

Athlone Town Stadium, Lissywollen, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, N37 P7D7

Kerryanne Brown signs for Athlone Town AFC

We are absolutely delighted to confirm that Kerryanne Brown has joined Athlone Town A.F.C.

At 20 years of age, Kerryanne has already made her mark with over 70 appearances in the NI Premiership and has proudly represented the Republic of Ireland at U16 and U17 levels. Her talent and professionalism promise to bring a new dimension to our team.

As we look forward to the season ahead, we’re excited to add Kerryanne to the already impressive squad of players we have assembled ahead of the 2024 season.

Manager Ciaran Kilduff has said, “It’s great to have Kerry join our team, and she is exactly the type of player and person I want at our club. She is an exciting prospect for Irish football and I’m looking forward to getting to work with her and the squad in the coming weeks”

Welcome, Kerryanne! Your future is bright at Athlone Town, and we’re delighted to be part of your journey.


Season Tickets are now on sale for the 2024 season. Season Tickets include entry to All Home Games for Men, Women, and underage for Athlone Town AFC.

Purchase your Season Ticket before Christmas and save €30 with the Early Bird rate!

Ruban Candal signs for Athlone Town AFC

Athlone Town AFC is thrilled to announce the signing of the highly-talented Portuguese international player, Ruban Candal.

The 20-year-old dynamo, who primarily operates as a left winger and attacking midfielder, brings with him an impressive resume, having developed his skills at the esteemed FC Porto and represented the Portuguese National Team at various youth levels.

Ruban Candal’s journey to Athlone Town AFC has been nothing short of remarkable. Hailing from the renowned Portuguese football powerhouse, FC Porto, Candal honed his skills within their youth ranks, making significant contributions at U15, U17, and U19 levels. His participation in the UEFA Youth Champions League served as a testament to his exceptional abilities and potential.

Notably, Candal has also proudly donned the Portuguese National Team jersey, showcasing his talent on the international stage at U15, U17, and U19 levels. His inclusion in the national setup further underscores his status as a rising star in the football world.

Athlone Town AFC, in collaboration with the Valeo International Academy, an elite global football training organization, demonstrated its commitment to nurturing young and ambitious talent. The club’s recent success, making it to the playoffs this past season for the first time in years, has laid the foundation for a promising future.

Speaking about the signing of Ruban Candal, Athlone Town AFC’s Director of Football, Dario Castelo, said, “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Ruban to the Athlone Town family. His pedigree, having come through the ranks of FC Porto and represented his country at multiple youth levels, speaks volumes about his abilities. We believe he will be a crucial addition to our squad and contribute significantly to our continued growth and success.”

Ruban Candal himself expressed his excitement, saying, “I am thrilled to embark on this new chapter in my career with Athlone Town AFC. I’ve heard great things about the club’s ambition and commitment to developing young talents. I can’t wait to contribute to the team’s success and make the fans proud.”

The signing of Ruban Candal marks an exciting milestone for Athlone Town AFC as they look forward to building on their recent achievements and cultivating a bright future for Irish football.

Season Tickets are now on sale for the 2024 season. Season Tickets include entry to All Home Games for Men, Women, and underage for Athlone Town AFC.

Purchase your Season Ticket before Christmas and save €30 with the Early Bird rate!

Athlone Town AFC players selected on Women’s TOTY

The Athlone Town women’s team ended the season on a high following the dramatic victory in the FAI Women’s Cup last month, adding to their President’s Cup win at the start of the year.

During the recent PFA Ireland Awards for 2023, Dana Scheriff and her American counterpart Madison Gibson were named on the Women’s Premier Division Team of the Year.

Gibson recently committed to re-signing for the upcoming season, providing a significant boost to The Town’s plans for the 2024 campaign.

In the 2023 SSE Airtricity Women’s Premier Division Awards held at the end of last month, Scheriff not only secured her place on the Team of the Year but also claimed the prestigious Golden Boot award as the league’s top scorer.

Dana Scheriff picks up TOTY & Golden Boot at LOIW Awards

It was a year to remember for Dana Scheriff scored a brace at this year’s end of season awards. In just her second season at The Town, she earned herself a place in the Women’s Premier Division Team of the Year and won the league’s Golden Boot award.

Dana’s last minute equaliser in the final League game of the season against Shamrock Rovers that ended in a 4-4 draw saw her reach the 13-goal mark to beat the Hoops’ Áine O’Gorman as the season’s top scorer.

The American native was also on the scoresheet in the FAI Women’s Cup Final that helped send The Town on their way to their first ever FAI Women’s Cup and first FAI Cup for the club in 99 years.

Having spent most of her debut season out injured, Scheriff certainly made her mark this year and her key goals won’t be forgotten. Both Dana and the club will look back on 2023 as a year of great success!

ATAFC’S Mary Philips named LOI Academy WU17 Player of the Year

Congratulations to Athlone Town AFC’s u17 Women’s player Mary Philips who was named the League of Ireland’s Women’s under 17 Player of the Year. Here she is collecting her award at last month’s highest ever attended FAI Cup men’s final at the Aviva Stadium.

Mary had a great year with the u17 women’s team and played a key role in helping The Town reach the WU17 League of Ireland Cup Final. The Portlaoise native also made her senior debut this year in a 2-1 win over Wexford Youths at Athlone Town Stadium on November 4th, and was on the bench for The Town’s FAI Women’s Cup Final win over Shelbourne.

Philips also represented Ireland this year at u19 level, earning herself 3 caps for her country.

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