Temple United seek coaches as young players return to soccer training

Temple United seek coaches as young players return to soccer training
Temple United won the second of their five AUL intermediate titles when they defeated Dunbar Celtic 3-1 in the final game of the 1991/92 campaign. The club is working hard underage to rebuild towards glory again. Picture: Billy Lyons

TEMPLE UNITED secretary Josephine Morrissey is concerned her club may lose a couple of its schoolboys' league teams next season due to a lack of coaches.

The North Cork side has seen a couple of managers move on since the conclusion of the last campaign and Morrissey admits they are having trouble finding replacements.

“We had an U12 and an U13 manager at the club last year but they have now moved on,” she said. "For the moment, we are after losing two teams. We still have nine or 10 players from each team so we are hoping that at the very least if we mixed the two, we would get a team one way or another.

“But we just have to wait and see if we can get a manager, there’s no parent at the moment really that wants to get involved.

“Hopefully, someone will take charge, that’s aim anyway rather than losing those players from the club, we would like to keep them here.” 

Castleview's Luke Hurley crashes the ball to the Temple United net despite the efforts of James Jones in 2019. Picture: David Keane.
Castleview's Luke Hurley crashes the ball to the Temple United net despite the efforts of James Jones in 2019. Picture: David Keane.

United’s U10s and U11s returned to training last week following approval from the FAI and the club was keen to wish all the other teams on Leeside well as they look to the future.

“From everyone here at Temple, we just want to wish all the other clubs well at this difficult time,” she enthused.

“For us, we were glad to go back training, we went back there last week but it was just with the U10s and the U11s from our schoolboys as well as the senior side.

“It was fantastic, absolutely fantastic and the kids had a ball.

“They were delighted the get back out on the pitch and just play football again, they had no intention of going home at the end either.

“We just made the training session the bare hour just because we were only starting off and we didn’t want too many up there at once.

“There were no parents allowed, they are obviously allowed to drop them but there were no parents allowed to stay.

“There were no issues from them either, it was actually some of them that rang us to see could they come back playing.

“I would say that the kids were just so fed up from playing the PlayStation, being stuck at home and all that, a lot of them here love their soccer so they really had a ball coming back.

“We just had to sanitise the place, we had text all the kids to make sure they brought their own water bottles with their name on it and their own sanitizer as well just in case although we did provide it as well.

“Everyone of them followed those guidelines so it went well, it went according to plan.”

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