Ports open door to fresh recruits on coaching team

Portadown Youth under sevens and Ken Duncan (Irish Football Association) at the McDonald's-backed fun day. See next week's edition for more Portadown Youth pictures from the Mid-Ulster Games Development Centre event.
Portadown Youth under sevens and Ken Duncan (Irish Football Association) at the McDonald's-backed fun day. See next week's edition for more Portadown Youth pictures from the Mid-Ulster Games Development Centre event.

Portadown Youth officials have planned a coach recruitment drive for the club’s foundation and youth development phases.

“We provide a structured player pathway from under fives to under 17s to progress through the club on to senior football,” said Aaron McNeill, the head of youth. “E-mail info@amprocoaching.co.uk.”

Loughgall Youth staff have organised open trials for the Academy squads born from 2005 to 2009 and the under 12s.

Sessions for the Academy under sevens to under 11s will run on Monday from 7-8 o’clock, with the under 12s’ Lisburn League panel booked in for Monday, July 27 from 6.30-8 o’clock.

Contact Ernie Smyth on 07853233401.

BOWLS

Portadown B hold top spot in NIBA Division Four thanks to a recent run of back-to-back wins against Holywood.

The town’s junior squad finished in front by 87-63 with six points across the first meeting. The second clash ended in Portadown’s favour with a five-point haul as a five-end run of 27-7 wrapped up the memorable turnaround.

Portadown A came out on top against Dundonald by 70-68 and with five points to mark a ninth win from 11 Division One outings. Portadown sit second in the NIBA standings.

The B players visit Finaghy tomorrow (Saturday).

Portadown A entertain Carrick on Tuesday at the Pleasure Gardens from 7.45.