TOP LA LIGA COACH, LUCAS ALCARAZ, TO DELIVER BELFAST CLINIC
We are very excited that ex Levante Manager, Lucas Alcaraz, will be visiting Belfast to deliver a clinic open to all players & coaches. The clinic will take place at Cregagh Sports Club on Sunday 28 February. The Irish FA will also award 5 CPD credits for coaches in attendance.
Born in Granada, Andalusia, Alcaraz started coaching with Granada CF in 1995 at the age of 29, achieving two top-four finishes in the third disvision in his three-year spell but failing to promote in the playoffs. In the following two seasons he managed in the same category and region, with ALmeria CF and Dos Hermanas CF.
In June 2000, 34-year-old Alcaraz signed for Recreativo de Huelva helping the oldest club in Spain return to La Liga after an absence of 23 years in 2002 behind champions Atletico Madrid and Racing de Santander. Even though Recre returned to the second level immediately, they also managed to reach the final of the Copa del Rey, losing 0–3 to RCD Mallorca.
Alcaraz then moved to Racing Santander before spending the following two seasons in the second division, helping Real Murcia get promoted in 2007. He also enjoyed a spell at Recreativo.
In the 2009 summer Alcaraz signed with another team in his native Andalusia, Cordoba CF (second level), helping the side finish tenth in his first season. In late June 2011, he re-joined Almería – now called Unión Deportiva.
Alcaraz had a short spell in Greece with Aris Thessaloniki FC before returning to his country and Granada, with the club now in the main category.
Lucas Alcaraz was appointed at Levante UD on 21 October 2014, to which he remained until October 2015.
'Tactics in Professional Football...Why Not Kids?' will be Lucas Alcaraz topic he will focus on. The event will take place at Cregagh Sports Club (Orangefield OB FC) on Sunday 28 February from 12-3pm finishing with a Q&A. The event will provide a class room session from 12pm & is open to all coaches. A practical session will then take place on the pitch from 1.30pm (using 2000-2003 players). Orangefield OB FC would also like to invite you to stay in their club house & enjoy the live Sky Sports game with a drink. We thank them for their hospitality.
The morning kicks off with a Spanish Coaching Clinic for 2004-2009's from 10.30-11.30am. The events are open to all players & coaches. You can find out more & confirm your place by contacting Tim Wareing on; 07740120788 or email; email@example.com - already we have English & Dutch coaches booked in! We are very happy that the Irish FA are awarding 5 CPD credits for coaches in attendance. We thank them for their support.
The media & anyone involved in sport can request a meeting with Mr Alcaraz from Friday 26 February to Sunday 28 February. Simply contact Tim for more details. Here is our promotional video for the event - click here.
Please share our post, poster of the event & video on your social media channels and with your club coaches & players. It is not every day we have a top La Liga Manager in Belfast to deliver, educate & network with local players & coaches. Don't miss this opportunity!
FEBRUARY HALF TERM COACHING CLINICS
We're pleased to operate February Half Term Coaching Clinics at Hillsborough Village Centre & the Springfield Star 3G pitch from Monday 15 February to Friday 19 February.
The daily sessions are open to boys & girls aged 5-13 & take place from 10am-1pm. Children just need to turn up with appropriate clothes to suit the weather conditions & football boots / trainers. They should also bring water & a snack.
There is a limit on places so we advise everyone to pre book to secure your place. Springfield Star location is £25 & Hillsborough is £30 per child. Simply contact Tim Wareing on 07740120788 or email.
FRAME FOOTBALL HOPING TO GET OFF TO A FLYER
Local youth football club, TW Braga, are delivering the first Frame Football Section in Northern Ireland. Saturday 23 January will see the first meeting of the Belfast based club. This will take place at Loughside Recreation Centre from 1-2pm.
Frame Football was first launched in England in 2013 and provides the opportunity for children who are unable to walk unaided but do not require a wheelchair to play football. Many of these children use a walker style frame for mobility. These children cannot play in mainstream football because of the safety regulations. Frame Football brings them together to play an adapted game that suits their needs.
The IFA believe in creating opportunities for those with a disability to play the beautiful game. Let Them Play is the strapline of the new Youth Strategy and this Frame Football Programme will enable those children to play the game.
DJ and Let Them Play supporter, Colin Murray, recently raised over £5,000 for the establishment and development of Frame Football in Northern Ireland through the ‘101 Mankini’s’ walk on Boxing Day.
This money will be spent initially on starting a pilot Frame Football club in Belfast in partnership with TW Braga. In particular, it will go towards facilities, coaching fees, promotion within the disability sector and training kit for players.
Irish FA Development Manager for Disability Football, Alan Crooks, is very positive about this new initiative in Northern Ireland. He commented, “Frame Football is a great example of the how ‘Let Them Play’ is having a positive impact on the kids in Northern Ireland. We hope that with the awareness raised and support from Colin Murray that Frame Football will take off in our wee country.”
TW Braga Academy Director, Tim Wareing, added, 'We are so grateful to Colin Murray for his fantastic achievement of raising valuable funds & to everyone who donated. This will insure Frame Football kicks off strong in Northern Ireland. It's a wonderful opportunity to get everyone involved in the game. I would like to thank Richard Seedhouse of Frame Football for letting us get involved with his exciting project that kicked off in Coventry. I've enjoyed visiting & seeing Frame Football in operation at St. George's Park & appreciate the training & support the IFA have given TW Braga. We all can't wait to get kicked off on 23 January!'
It is anticipated that an additional two clubs in Armagh and Coleraine will be in operation by end 2016. Once these clubs are both up and running it will enable organisers to hold matches, competitions and festival days involving the three clubs.
For further information on Frame Football visit: https://www.facebook.com/FrameFootball or contact TW Braga Academy Director Tim Wareing on 07740120788.