School boys and girls soccer plays vital part in our Success.
New Ross Celtic have long been regarded as one of the finest nurseries for young soccer talent in the southeast of Ireland. As far back as the 1980s players of the calibre of Paul Cashin and Joe Brazil, amongst others, graced League of Ireland pitches the length and breadth of the country having honed their skills in the Celtic colours as young boys. In recent years Greg Bolger has starred for firstly UCD and currently Dundalk in the Airtricity League.
While always recognised for producing fine players, from 2005 the club seemed to step onto another level with the quality of players being produced. Last year alone the club could boast Jonathan St Ledger and Alan Rhodes on the National Emerging Talent Programme while Eoin Rhodes, Ryan Delaney and Donncha O'Connor were part of the Regional Emerging Talent Programme. Add to this the fact that the club had up to 17 players regularly appearing on Wexford teams and it comes as no surprise to find that Celtic annexed League and Cup doubles at under 14 and under 16 level. In fact while the New Ross Celtic seniors were busy bagging four Wexford League titles in a row and reaching an FAI Junior Cup Semi Final, the schoolboy section was even busier claiming an incredible 19 trophies since 2005.
In the summer of 2011 the club "lost" five of it's younger stars to League of Ireland sides as Alan Rhodes and Ethan Butler signed for Waterford United, Ben Duffy and Aaron Kinsella signed for Wexford Youths and Jonathan St Ledger signed for St Patrick's Athletic. Whereas a lot of clubs would begrudge losing future stars of this calibre, New Ross Celtic has always sought the best for it's players and prefer to regard it as a great source of pride to see it's young players move on to greater things comforted by the quality of players following on behind like Conor Purcell, who was recently called for trials for the Regional Emerging Talent Programme, along with the aforementioned Eoin Rhodes, Donncha O'Connor and Ryan Delaney. Celtic also supplied Jack Foran for the Regional under 15 trial while Sean Duffy, Jack Gaynord and Dylan Wickham were invited to the under 14 Regional trials.
Not content with the quality of this conveyor belt of talent, the club has decided to set up a Scool of Excellence with the intention of improving the technical ability of boys and girls aged 6 to 12 years in the area in a fun environment. This School of Excellence is set up with the intention of producing not alone the stars of tomorrow but raising the standard of every child who attends, catering not alone for the elite of New Ross and it's environs but also recognising that a general raising of standards amongst all it's participants can only be good for soccer in the area as a whole. The School takes place every saturday on Celtic's Astro Turf pitches and operates in tandem with the Primary School initiative which started in April 2011 in three local schools and proved a huge success with teachers and pupils alike, who all agreed that the quality of coaching provided by the club was unmatched by other groups.