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Blues host Irish guests

Posted: Mon 08 Jul 2013
Author: Andy Walker
Brookfield Celtic

Jonathan Spector, Lee Clark and Colin Doyle meet Brookfield Celtic youngsters.

Image by: Roy Smiljanic

Blues welcomed a local junior football team to their pre-season training camp earlier today (Monday).

Brookfield Celtic FC, from an estate in the Dublin suburb of Tallaght, were invited to witness Lee Clark and his management team put his squad through their paces at the club's Carton House base.

Alongside members of Blues' Irish supporters club, the youngsters watched the players train and then grabbed a chance for autographs and pictures with their favourite stars.

The opportunity came about as a result of Brokkfield Celtic coach, Reggie O'Connor, making contact with the club when he realised Blues would be paying a visit to his part of the world during their pre-season training schedule.

Reggie, a Bluenose originally from Quinton who moved to Dublin in 1999, wanted to treat some of his club's top performing stars and Blues officials were more than happy to accommodate the youngsters.

Brookfield, who run sides from U7s to U16s level as well as two senior teams and a women's side, were also set to hold a presentation during the half-time interval of Blues' fixture at Shamrock Rovers.

After the visit, Reggie told "All our coaches were asked to put forward those players who had done particularly well across the course of the season and we were delighted to be able to bring them down to watch Blues train.

"It was a great chance to show these young lads how the professionals do it properly. After we go away from here, we'll ask the lads: 'what did you see at Carton House?' and they'll be able to reflect on the coaching methods they witnessed and how the players responded to those instructions.

"We'd like to thank the club for making this possible."