NUI MAYNOOTH / PEAMOUNT UNITED WOMENS LINK UP
Soccer Supremo Barry Prenderville is excited at the formal link up NUI Maynooth have recently established with the Peamount United Womens Soccer set up.
Prenderville the Soccer Development Officer at Maynooth is delighted the university who continue to offer soccer schoolarships to assist girls financial in their third level education at Maynooth can now offer them the opportunity of playing at the highest level in the FAI Womens National League with Peamount United if they so wish.
‘This link up is ideal for us, it should help to strengthen our university sides as it means when we award our soccer scholarships at Maynooth we can then suggest to the girls that while they’ll line out for Maynooth in the mainly midweek Womens Colleges and Universities competitions they might also consider developing their careers further by joining National League side Peamount United’ explained Prenderville.
‘We will also be targeting girls currently in Peamount’s underage sides who might be considering continuing their studies at Maynooth, as Peamount is the obvious place for us to look for talented players with their impressive reputation for producing international players at underage levels plus the fact that its in out catchment area’ continued Prenderville.
The Co Kildare university already have strong ties with Peamount and Sara Lawlor, Julie Condon, Niamh Kenna and Shauna Corrigan are all benefiting from the soccer scholarship scheme at Maynooth.
Robbie Mulligan the newly appointed manager of Peamount’s Womens National League side echos Prenderville’s hopes for the success of this iniatative.
‘At Peamount we see this as a great opportunity first of all for our current underage girls to get on a structured pathway of combining a good third level education at Maynooth while playing a the highest level in womens soccer with Peamount’ said Mulligan.
‘While it also opens up a new stream for Peamount to recruit some of Maynooth’s soccer scholarship students who aim to play top level football and also avail of the excellent facilities available at Greenogue’ added Mulligan.
Mulligan a graduate of DCU joined Peamount after spending over seven years coaching elite female players in California. His main role was director of Coaching and Curriculum with ‘Coast 2 Coast’, a venture that runs healthy active and positive soccer programmes that ensure children increase levels of physical activity, learn new skills and gain an appreciation for healthy eating.
Mulligan has completed the UEFA A Licence with the FAI and he takes over at Peamount from Eileen Gleeson who has moved to UCD Waves after guiding Peamount to the runners up spot in the Womans National League last season three points behind their Dublin rivals Raheny United.