KRIS Lindsay – the former Portadown defender – has been appointed to the role of County Armagh Excellence Programme co-ordinator.
Lindsay has arranged a series of trial sessions in the area to help select 18-strong representative squads for boys born in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001.
Alfie Wylie, the Irish Football Association’s high performance manager, will oversee the process and coaching staff on board include Pat McGibbon and Chris Wright.
“The whole point of the programme is to establish select squads of promising players we can then focus on with specialist coaching,” said Lindsay. “This is my first year in the role but I am excited to get going and the signs so far have been encouraging.
“Trials at Craigavon Leisure Centre and the Lurgan Town Arena 3G pitch have been really positive so far.
“We have more planned before making the decision to cut everything to the final 18.
“Those groups will train each week plus play games against other Centre teams.”
Dates for trial sessions are as follows:
2001: Sunday, September 16 (Lurgan Town Arena, 12-1.30); Monday, September 17 (Craigavon Leisure Centre, 6-7.30).
2000: Sunday, September 16 (Lurgan Town Arena, 1.30-3 o’clock): Monday, September 17 (Craigavon Leisure Centre, 7.30-9 o’clock).
1999: Tuesday, September 18 (Lurgan Town Arena, 6-7.30); Sunday, September 23 (Lurgan Town Arena, 1.30-3 o’clock).
1998: Tuesday, September 18 (Lurgan Town Arena, 6-7.30); Sunday, September 23 (Lurgan Town Arena, 12-1.30).
Any clubs interested in putting players forward for trials should contact Kris Lindsay on 07876594838 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org in advance.
Players should bring trainers and moulded studs, plus shin guards and appropriate clothing.