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Information on local Soccer club

Information on local Soccer club

Below is some information from a local soccer club that some parents might find interesting.

Dear Parent

Welcome back or, if you are new to the club, welcome to Larkview FC. Hopefully the 2018/19 season will be an enjoyable one for your daughter.

Below is information which will be helpful to you:


The club has an Academy and has teams at Under 8 through to Under 14. The Academy will typically accommodate girls from 3 to 4 years of age through to the end of Senior Infants. Thereafter girls are placed in the appropriate age groups and their squads will train and play together. In terms of migration from the Academy to the match squads there is no hard and fast rule and your child can move up earlier, or later, as it suits her development.


All training takes place at Whelan Park, Lower Kimmage Road. The winter evenings and mornings aren’t always clear and dry but cancelling training is very much the exception and we will train in most conditions. You should think about thin warm and waterproof layers for your daughter to help deal with the cold or wet conditions. A water bottle (and some water) is advised. Shin guards are needed for matches and are recommended for training. Put a label or your child’s name on all their clothes – we have a St Vincent de Paul sized haul of unclaimed kit.


The Academy trains from 9.30am to 10.30am every Saturday morning.

Under 8s train from 9.30am to 10.30am every Saturday morning.

Under 9s to Under 13s – train at 6.50pm to 7.50pm on Wednesday evenings and from 9.30am to 10.30am on Saturday mornings

Under 14s – train from 6.30pm on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Arrival ten minutes before the appointed start time is a great help to organising the sessions


For all teams matches are on Sunday mornings. Occasionally matches are scheduled on Sunday afternoons. Coaches will provide details – generally via What’s App

Club Ethos

An issue for girls and football is that it is sometimes viewed by parents and children as a boy’s sport played by a girl. The club aims to promote football as a sport for girls. Our objective is to provide an environment in which your child feels confident and happy learning the sport and improving upon her skills. We aim also to promote and foster the joys and benefits of being part of a team.

A key part of the club philosophy is to ensure players are each treated equally and fairly. In practical terms and until girls get to Under 14, that means giving girls equal playing time in matches and trying to guard against early pigeon-holing of a girl as a defender, forward or goalkeeper. From your point of view as a parent we encourage you to discuss matches not in terms of whether the team won or lost, but in terms of what your child did well or where she is improving.


For Academy girls the annual subscription is €100 per annum.

For those involved with a team, there are costs associated with entering teams in leagues (kits, league subs etc) and the cost is €250 per child. If you have more than one child in the club (girls’ or boys’ section) the second and subsequent children will cost €125 per annum.

For children involved in match-day squads (Under 10s and upwards), there is an additional cost of €3 per girl to pay for the referee at home matches. The obligation to pay the referee’s costs falls to the home team.

We are very conscious that the start of September is a particularly financially draining month for parents and with that in mind we will defer the need to pay until later in the month. Your daughter’s coach will provide payment details in a few weeks. Our aim is that everyone should have paid their annual subscriptions by the end of October.

Please talk to us in confidence if issues arise in respect of affordability or if you need to stagger or defer payment.

Can You Help?

The club welcomes involvement from parents and indeed won’t survive without it. You can help with one-off tasks or more regularly in either a coaching or administrative capacity. IT skills, web design, football coaching, baking and selling cakes – the club has a home for your skill. The club provides coach ed so don’t let no previous experience coaching children deter you.

Contact Details

Can all parents please ensure that your coach has your contact details. Mostly communications are via What’s App and text. If you would also please forward your e-mail address to – there are some very occasional e-mails which are sent to the girls’ section of the club (open days, outings etc)

Academy (2012 +) - Leigh Hamilton – – 087 6875568

Under 8s (2011) – Lia Byrne - – 086 6022994

Under 9s (2010) – Donal Burke - – 087 6352061

Under 10s (2009) – Stephen Crilly - – 087 1210473

Under 11s (2008) – Joe McElwaine - – 087 9974845

Under 12s (2007) – Aidan Phelan - – 085 1077689

Under 13s (2006) – Simon Darcy - - 086 8288042

Under 14s (2005) – Anthony Murphy - – 085 1994124

Many thanks for taking the time to read the letter and advanced thanks for the considerable efforts you will (hopefully) make bringing your footballer to and from during the course of the season.

Yours in football

Larkview FC

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Griffith Barracks Multi-Denominational School,
The Old Guardhouse,
South Circular Road,
Dublin 8
D08 KVY4

01 4547278

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