About Us

We are a well-established youth football club offering a high standard of football coaching for approximately 250 local young people between the ages of 5 and 17.

Our players generally progress to the NIFL Irish Premier League club Ballymena United and a number of Youth Academy graduates have progressed to represent the club at first team level.

Our Mini Soccer School focuses on skills development and emphasises the importance of players having fun while learning basic football skills at our centres on a Saturday afternoon at Ballymena Showgrounds.

At these young age groups our teams also play 5, 7 and 9 a-side format against local teams in Ballymena as well as taking part in other Small Sided Games centres throughout Northern Ireland including weekly games in Ballymena, Lisburn and Coleraine every weekend.

From the age of Under 12 to Under 15 our teams represent the club in the National League which is the premier competition for youth football in Northern Ireland. The league has member clubs from all over Northern Ireland with our teams regularly competing in all six counties throughout the season.

We also have development teams at the Under 12, Under 13, Under 14 and Under 17 age groups which represent the club in the Lisburn and Castlereagh Junior Invitational Football League and the Harry Gregg Foundation Youth League.

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