U19 | First steps to return with UK U19s and goalkeeping camp

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U19 | First steps to return with UK U19s and goalkeeping camp

Republic of Ireland Under-19s Head Coach Tom Mohan will oversee a three-day training camp in England as he begins preparations for the UEFA European Championship qualifiers this autumn.
14th May 2021

As part of training at Loughborough University, Leicestershire, eight goalkeepers will be involved in a goalkeeping camp as the coaching staff work closely with the next generation of international No 1s.

Mohan will assess 36 overseas-based players from Monday, May 17 to Wednesday, May 19 as he identifies options for future squads.

The Head Coach can now look ahead to the campaign to qualify for the 2022 UEFA Under-19 European Championships with games to come against Bulgaria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Montenegro.

Mohan said: “It’s just great to be back and great to be looking ahead. These are the first steps for preparing for our qualifiers later this year and it will be good to have the players together with us.

“It’s an opportunity for them [the players] to stake a claim to be in future international squads and for us it’s an opportunity to see their ability, their personality and the traits required to play international football.

“It has been a difficult 12 months but now we’re back and getting our early player identification underway.”

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Ireland U-21 Manager Jim Crawford will also join Mohan and his staff at their Leicestershire base next week.

As part of the camp, a selection of Ireland’s underage goalkeepers will meet up for specialised training. Ireland U-21 Goalkeeping Coach Rene Gilmartin will oversee that training over the three days.

Gilmartin said: “The overall aim is for us to get more contact time with our goalkeepers and give the players an experience of the standards required in international football.  

“It’s the first step for some of the players on our shortlist to come into an international environment and understand what is required at international level.

“It’s something all the Ireland goalkeeping coaches have spoken about and got behind and moving forward these goalkeeping camps will be scheduled throughout the season both in Ireland and the UK.

“It’s clear now, with the likes of Gavin Bazunu, Caoimhin Kelleher and Mark Travers being around the senior team, there’s a pathway from underage football into full international football and these camps are designed to help that.  This will help our goalkeepers build a support network among themselves and the coaches.

"The motivation for us is for Ireland to be known as a nation that produces world class goalkeepers.”