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  • Northside East

Head of Youth Development to set out his vision for Shels

Monday, 22nd January, 2018 10:00am
Head of Youth Development to set out his vision for Shels

Conor Mitchell’s appointment at Shels has been widely welcomed. PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA

Head of Youth Development to set out his vision for Shels

Conor Mitchell’s appointment at Shels has been widely welcomed. PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA

SHELBOURNE Football Club has announced the appointment of Conor Mitchell as Head of Youth Development.

Conor was Director of Football at Ballyoulster United AFC from 2013 until the summer of 2017, and also spent two years with the FAI/DDSL Emerging Talent Programme as U13 head coach.

He joined Shelbourne as manager of its National League U15 side in 2017. During his time with Shels, he has earned a reputation as a professional and committed individual with a desire to take the Youth Academy in the right direction. 

Shelbourne had advertised the Head of Youth Development position in late December and Conor was appointed earlier this month following a selection process. He takes up his new role with immediate effect.

The club said a large number of applications for the position had been received and it was grateful to everyone who took the time to apply.

A spokesperson for Shelbourne FC said Conor Mitchell now has the task of setting out a vision for its Youth Academy and working with the coaching staff and club personnel towards achieving it.

Shelbourne FC chairman, Joe Casey, said: “This is a key appointment for us as we look to develop our Academy. With the arrival of the underage National Leagues, it’s imperative that we have strong links between our Academy and the senior club.”

Mr Casey added: “I believe Conor shares that goal and has earned the respect of the people he has worked with at the club since joining us. I have no doubt that he will be a positive force within the Academy and the club as a whole.”

Speaking after his appointment, Conor Mitchell said he was honoured and privileged to be taking up the position. 

“Shelbourne FC is a fantastic club with a great history in the League of Ireland,” he stated. “The Academy will continue to develop elite players and provide a pathway for these players all the way to the first team. I’m excited about the future of the Academy and what lies ahead and I can’t wait to get started.”

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