WITH a place in Glasgow Celtic’s youth academy up for grabs, hundreds of Limerick teenagers are expected to turn up in UL this weekend for trials.
The popular TV show ‘Football’s Next Star’ comes to Limerick this weekend when the RTE cameras will pitch up in UL to film the trials on Saturday and Sunday.
The competition is open to 16 and 17-year-old boys, born between January 1, 1995, March 3, 1996. Limerick and Dublin are the two cities where the trials are hosted, and with a very strong schoolboy league in Limerick, the standard is expected to be extremely high. Young players from surrounding counties are also expected to make the trip in search of a chance of a lifetime.
Members of the Celtic coaching team will run their eye over the talent and up to 50 players from the trials in Dublin and Limerick will be chosen to go on to the next stage of the competition which will be held at the Aviva Stadium. From there, Celtic will choose a group of ten players to travel to Glasgow for a month of intensive training. Out of that ten, Celtic will then give a contract to one.
Throughout the competition the players will have the opportunity to win spot prizes, including master classes with some of football’s biggest stars and a trip abroad to play top foreign teams.
Westlife star Nicky Byrne has been confirmed as the host of the show which will air this autumn. Byrne, who was signed by Leeds Utd when he was 16, is a die hard Celtic fan.
“It’s an amazing opportunity for one lad to get to be part of Celtic FC,” says Byrne. “It’s a club that is steeped in history and has such strong ties to Ireland. Some of the big names in Irish football have played for Celtic FC in recent years – Neil Lennon who obviously manages the team now, Roy Keane and Robbie Keane to name but a few.”
Jamie Redknapp fronted the show on Sky1 where a contract at Inter Milan was up for grabs. Four young Irish teenagers made the final ten but none of them secured the contract.
Any young players interested in attending must register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01 8894970.
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