Academy Overview

About the Academy
At Dalkey United our youngest age groups participate in the club’s “Academy”. The Academy provides a fun and friendly environment to allow young children the freedom, time and confidence to build football skills and develop a love of the sport. Our volunteer coaches will encourage and support your child so that they have fun, make friends and become enthusiastic young footballers. The focus of training for our 2017 and 2016 children is fun ball-based games to develop their coordination and build their skills. As children progress, our 2015 and 2014 groups continue to focus on skill development and play small-sided matches. Dalkey United children do not play in inter-club leagues until the age of 8 (i.e. 2013 children in the 2021-22 season), so that they have plenty of time to learn the game without any sense of “competitive” pressure.

Academy age groups
The Academy is organised in groups based on the year in which children are born. For the 2021-22 season, our youngest age group is children born in 2017. Academy age groups are also available for children born in 2016 2015 and 2014. Children born in 2017 will be welcome to join the Academy from autumn 2021 provided they are 4 years old.

Training location and times
Academy training takes place on Saturday mornings on the astro pitch at Castlepark School sports centre. Training commences for the season on Saturday, September 4th. Coaches will confirm breaks for Halloween, Christmas and Easter in advance of these holidays. The 2021-22 season will conclude at the end of May 2022. Training times will be confirmed but are likely to be:

Age group Training time @ Castlepark

  • 2014 children 10:00 – 11:00
  • 2015 children 09:00 – 10:00
  • 2016 children 09:00 – 09:45
  • 2017 children 10:00 – 10:45

Please make every effort to have your child at training a few minutes BEFORE their training session starts. It is highly disruptive for coaches when children arrive at training late.

Joining the Academy
If your child would like to give the Academy a try,  please contact the relevant age group contact in advance of attending your first training session so that they know you will be at training. Children are welcome to join at any point in the year.

Age group Contact Phone

  • 2014 children Oran MacLaverty 087 759 0037
  • 2015 children Oran MacLaverty 087 759 0037
  • 2016 children Conor Keating 087 759 0037
  • 2017 children Oran MacLaverty 087 790 0037

In order to participate, you will need to register your child in order to support the running of the club, provide training locations and equipment and to ensure that your child is fully insured. We ask you to officially register your child via the “easypayments” tab BEFORE your child commences in September. If your child does not enjoy the sessions and wishes to cease DUAFC will gladly offer you a full refund. The fee for new children joining in autumn 2021 for the 2021-22 season is €180. This fee covers football training from September 2021 to May 2022.

Register here: Dalkey United 2021/2022 Academy Registration.

Coaches share pertinent information related to the Academy with parents via Whatsapp groups. Please contact your child’s age group coach directly and they will add you to the appropriate group. Castlepark is an all-weather pitch so we play in almost all conditions. Please assume that training goes ahead every week unless you hear differently from a coach via Whatsapp.

Clothing and footwear
Dalkey United Academy training shirts will be provided for those children who have registered on the website by mid-autumn. These will be handed out at training. Please note that it is not essential that your child wears their club shirt to training. A pair of shin pads is essential to avoid bumps and bruises. It is not necessary for your child to wear “proper” football boots – runners are perfectly OK. If your child does want to get football boots, please buy boots with flat “pimpled” soles – i.e. not studs or blades. Studs
/ blades are not allowed on the Castlepark astroturf and can be the cause of accidental injuries. During the winter months, please ensure that your child is well wrapped up – hats and gloves are often essential. Children should wear proper wet gear on rainy days. Lots of lost property accumulates through the year. Items found will be photographed and circulated via
Whatsapp. Please ensure that your child’s name is labelled on hats, coats, water bottles etc.

Bathroom breaks
Please ensure that your child has gone to the bathroom prior to football training. There are bathrooms in the Castlepark sports centre, adjacent to the pitch. Coaches cannot bring children to the bathroom.

PLEASE get involved!
Dalkey United is a volunteer-based, community club. It is essential that new parents get involved each year, particularly as coaches. Coaching requires no prior experience or football knowledge; all we require is that new coaches get Garda vetting. Mothers are particularly welcome. We have a straightforward coaching plan that is easy to pick up; all you need to bring is a good sense of humour and a little patience! Trust us, coaching is far more rewarding than standing on the sidelines and it is much warmer on the pitch when winter comes! Please contact any of our coaches if you would like to get involved.

If you are not in a position to get involved this season, we ask parents of our younger age groups (particularly parents of 2017 and 2016 children) to remain pitch-side during Academy training sessions, in case their child needs the bathroom at any point or gets a bang from a ball!

We hope that your child has a fantastic experience with Dalkey United this season. Don’t hesitate to contact the coaches with any queries or questions that you may have.

The Dalkey Utd Academy Coaching Team