Monthly Archives: April 2017

Trials are continuing – register with us now!

The process of selecting players to represent County Down at this year’s SuperCupNI is now underway, but there’s still time for players to register for trials.

County Down will again be entering two teams into the world’s most prestigious youth football tournament, formerly known as the Milk Cup, which is taking place this year between 23rd-28th July.

If a player has already attended a trial, there is no need to register again and you will contacted at the end of the trials process.

See here for details:

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Former Down star Jack progressing at West Brom

A week spent at the SuperCupNI has become a rite of passage for so many of Northern Ireland’s best players.

21 of Michael O’Neill’s Euro 2016 squad at one time played at the prestigious youth tournament. Locally, Danske Bank Premiership regulars Andrew Waterworth, Steven Gordon and Jamie Mulgrew are all alumni of County Down.

2015 Junior team player Jack Chambers is the latest to be forging a successful path, as he looks towards the end of his first season at West Bromwich Albion.

The Banbridge lad enjoyed two SuperCups with County Down, first taking part in 2014, playing a year above his age group, and then coming back the following season to captain our Junior side and cap off a superb tournament by winning the Bertie Peacock Award – the prize given to the best County player at the tournament.

We caught up with Jack earlier this week to find out how he’s found his first year of professional football, just as he was about to join in with a first team training session.

“My first year at West Brom has been great,” Jack told us, “From being on the bench for the first half of the season and feeling frustrated, to being a regular starter in the 18s and playing for the 23s, as well as training with the first team on a couple of occasions.

“Overall it’s went well, although with only being a young 16 year old, I’ve had to work on the physical side of my game more so than ever, which has held me back at times.

“On the whole, I really couldn’t complain about how my first year has gone though. I can’t wait to finish it on a high and move onto next season.”

Jack’s success is thanks in no small part to all of those whose have supported and encouraged him over a number of years. His appearances at the SuperCupNI were made possible by the generous backing of the County Down sponsors, without whom we would not be able to give our boys this platform to showcase their talents.

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We need your help for summer 2017

The prestigious SuperCupNI is back for another year and County Down is sending two teams to represent us at this year’s tournament. With your help, we’re out to make it our best year yet!

As a County team we start from scratch every year, with a new team to assemble and no direct funding. We must fund trials and training costs, kit & equipment purchase and accommodation for tournament week.

36 boys need your help this summer. Sponsorship is key to our success and we offer a range of packages.

See here for the full information

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Trials still open & other important information

We held our first trials of 2017 on Sunday 9th April at Londonderry Park and would like to thank all the boys and their parents for their attendance. There will be further trials held over the coming weeks with the whole process lasting a maximum of five weeks.

Registration for trials is still open for boys in the Junior (2000s) and Premier (2002s) age groups. Please read the information in the link below for how to register:

Once you have registered, one of our trials co-ordinators will be in touch to invite you to a specific trial – there is no need to follow up on your submission and there is no need to attend a second trial, unless you are asked to do so.

Once all registered players have been trialled, a pool of players will be selected to take part in a final trial, training session or combination of both. From this pool of players, a final squad of 18 per age group will be selected to represent County Down at this year’s SuperCupNI.

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Trials get underway

The first day of the 2017 trials is now behind us, as our mangers and coaches ran their eye over our first group of boys on Sunday.

Potential Junior and Premier players for this year’s tournament enjoyed the sunshine of Londonderry Park as they looked to show they have what it takes to be a part of Team County Down this summer.

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