Category: NCAFC Soccer Academy

Academy Manager Appointed

Newry City AFC are delighted to welcome Marty McGuigan back to The Showgrounds as our Club Academy Manager. With a history both as a player, coach and scout Marty will bring a strong portfolio to the position, a fact not lost to Manager Darren Mullen. “To have Marty on board is a massive coup for the club. He is a perfect fit for what we are trying to do in terms of attracting the best players and coaches to the club. He was the man who got me involved in coaching and I know he will leave no stone unturned in making sure we have the best possible academy. It’s vital that we always have that local heartbeat in our senior team and I’m sure Marty is the best man to ensure we have a continuous flow of the best local talent. It’s an exciting time for the club with plenty of work going on behind the scenes and having an experienced knowledgeable Academy Manager of this stature adds to that.”

Marty commented “For any club to be successful it’s imperative that the correct structures are in place. The club has already got people on board who are tremendously capable and going forward I will ensure that the correct recruitment at all levels takes place so that Newry City develops as an Academy and as a Football Club with strong links to the local community.”

Cover Photo: Chairman Martin McLoughlin, Manager Darren Mullen, Academy Manager Marty McGuigan & Public Relations Officer Laura Hillen.

NCAFC Academy Manager Position

Newry City AFC are currently looking for a suitably qualified and experienced person to undertake the role of NCAFC Academy Manager. We would welcome the opportunity to speak with individuals who have the passion and drive to work with young people to develop their footballing and life skills.


Minimum IFA Level 1 Qualification

Clear Access NI Check / Child Protection

Desirable attributes:

·       Strong leadership and management skills

·       Previous coaching experience / roles within a youth environment

·        Experience in talent identification and recruitment of players

·        A good level of computer literacy &experience recording and reporting information

·       An understanding of the local youth set up & IFA/NIFL/Mid Ulster rules and regulations

If interested please email Kevin at

NCAFC Academy Manager required

Newry City AFC is currently accepting applications for the position of Academy Manager. This is a voluntary role and will involve coordinating coaching sessions, training, attending games and general administration of the youth academy. It will also involve liaising with the senior coaching staff at the club. Applications are to be emailed to detailing previous experience and relevant coaching qualifications.

Newry U10 trials this Sunday

Newry City U10s are currently on the look out for new players! Trials are being held this Sunday (10th April) from 2pm until 3pm on the back pitch at Newry Showgrounds. (Accessible from Greenbank entrance)

For any more information required, please contact the team manager David Maginnis on 07714259131, thanks.

Newry U15 Colm Murphy talks to the players

Newry aiming to make their mark

Newry City AFC is currently participating in the McDonalds/IFA Foundation Club Mark programme. The aim of this programme is to support the development of clubs and to implement good practice policies and procedures within them. The scheme prepares clubs to successfully work towards the Excellence Mark.

seamus heath
Seamus Heath

Former Newry City coach Seamus Heath, who is now the Newry & Mourne District Grassroots Development officer for the IFA, said of the scheme:

“The McDonald’s foundation club-mark programme provides a clear and structured approach to improving and developing local clubs.

“The value based coaching section demonstrates to the clubs partners, parents and young people that your club is child friendly, safe and will develop all players as footballers and citizens.

“Mentoring of the coaches is providing both confidence and positive coaching to them as they progress on their coaching pathway while developing both themselves and the players.”

And speaking of the progress that Newry City AFC are making as a club, Seamus said:

“Newry have been through a difficult period over the last few years, having gone from an Irish premier league side to closure of their ground and collapse of all their teams. But things are really looking up for them now.

“It’s great to see top local coach and Newry City AFC manager Darren Mullen taking a keen interest in all the club’s programmes with his help, advise and words of wisdom to the clubs future players.

“Newry U15 Coach Colm Murphy, who is on the programme, is your typical volunteer who is the lifeblood of our sport and provides so much to his club. Colm is both a parent, coach and manager to one of the teams. Whilst working all day, miles from home, Colm plans his session, rushes home, collects his son and heads straight to training. Real football people!”

Newry first team manager Darren Mullen told he is delighted with the work Seamus has been doing with the club:

“Seamus has been doing terrific work with our U15s for the past five weeks and they have certainly benefited from his quality coaching sessions. Not only are the lads improving but they are enjoying working with someone of Seamus’ experience. As a former coach at the club, he appreciates what we are trying to do and his help in this initiative is greatly appreciated,” Darren said.

He added, “The other teams within the club will also be taking part in some of his sessions and that can only improve their chances of progressing at the club. It also gives the existing youth coaches the chance to see different types of drills which can only be good for their development.”


Photos of Colm, Darren & Seamus with the Newry City U15 players during the Foundation Club Mark Programme