Category: The Academy

U16 Triumph tops a busy weekend for Johnstown FC

It was a busy weekend for Johnstown FC, starting with both our U16 Boys and U14 girls in cup final action up in the MDL on Saturday. On Sunday it was great to see the Peoples Park buzzing with activity with our Academy again in situ honing their skills in the heart of their community.


On Saturday first up we had our U14 girls coming up against our local rivals Parkvilla in the Colm Duffy Cup Final. This game handed us the template for the day in store for the Johnstown FC teams. It was an extremely tight affair with both Navan teams locked together after full time. Being a lovely day for football spectators were treated to extra time, but yet again both teams were in-separable after additional time with the game finishing 4 – 4. The game would be decided from the spot. Alas, it wasn’t to be for Johnstown FC Girls as it finished 4 – 2 after penalties. The Girls and their coaches can hold their heads high after a valiant effort on the day and great football being played throughout the year.


In our second game of interest, the U16s came through a hard found battle against Kingscourt in the John Harte Cup final. Again the game was tight afair in the regulation 90″, with Kingscourt finishing the game with 10 men and the sides level at 0 – 0. Into extra time we went with Johnstown striking the first blow with a great effort going in off the underside of the crossbar. The Kingscourt team were resilient even with the numbers disadvantage and levelled the game before the first half was up in extra time. After over 100 minutes of football, the sides were inseparable. This group of lads showed their huge fighting spirit and kicked on after the break going 2-1 and then 3-1 up. They are a credit to the club themselves and their families after the turbulent year they’ve had. There were some lovely words shared after the final whistle mentioning their teammate Mikey Leddy. Congrats to the lads and the coaches on this well-deserved win. Some pictures and highlights below…


On Sunday we had a great turn out with nearly 30 kids in attendance for our Academy training at noon. It great to see the little ones enjoying themselves playing football with Johnstown. It is also great to see our coaches giving their time and effort but we are always looking for another pair of hands so if you are interested please get in touch with the page and we will start you off on your coaching journey.

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We hope to see an even bigger number of kids in the park at 12 next Sunday. Until then…


Football is coming Home

Johnstown Fc is delighted to announce that we will be returning to the people’s park to train some of the underage teams.

It has been a long time coming and we would like to thank Alan Lawes and JPP for all their hard work in getting this lined up.

This coming Sunday we will have our Academy training in the park from 12PM. It will be great to see the kids of Johnstown playing in their own community. If you are passing by come and show your support.

End of Season Presentation

On Saturday we had our End of Season presentation to the Johnstown players from u-7 to u-11.

Thanks to our 1st team manager Christy Kavanagh for presenting medals to all the players.

To Sinead, Caroline, Audrey and Sandra Anderson for all the help on the day

Big thanks to M.C for the day Eoin Sheridan and Adrian Finnegan for the photos and sorting out the medals for the kids, and to Walterstown for providing the hall.

Also to the managers whose work in the rain and cold sometimes goes unnoticed, but not by the club.

Thanks to everyone for all the help along the way

The club is looking forward to next year and providing football to all the players in the teams below and any new players who want to join our football family.

Some Photos below of the Teams and Coaches

Johnstown FC are delighted to announce our new training and coach education partner EI Sports.

Post from EI Sports today:

Having met with the club we could see the passion the committee had to take the club forward from a Player Development & Coach Development perspective.

We will now be launching a New Club Academy program in the coming months to support Player development for ages 7 to 13. Having seen the growth in our own Academy program on Wednesdays in Navan with players from Johnstown FC and having had players on our trips over the past 2 years it is great to be bringing the program now directly into the club.

Further Developing the Club Nursery program to expand from 2011s to 2014s Boys & Girls.

Launch a new Coach Education Mentorship Program starting next week which will see a Coach the Coach program , supporting coaches with Session planning, new session ideas and enhancing the development opportunities for all the players in the club. This will include our very successful Junior Coach Mentorship program which will be launched shortly also.

We wish to Thank the Committee & Chairman Kevin for partnering up with us and we look forward to supporting the club in its Development Goals.

Johnstown Academy

Our Academy for Under 7s and younger is back this Sunday from 11am till Midday in the MDL Grounds.  All welcome to this fun and safe way to start learning all about the beautiful game.

  • Shin Guards Must be worn
  • No Glasses
  • Runners or Astor Runners only (No Steel studs)
  • Dress Warm
  • Mammy and Daddy must stay whilst The Academy is on
  • Subs are three Euro per session.

This is the time to start your young player on their soccer journey!


Our Academy continues tomorrow in Walterstown and  is open for all young players from 5-6 looking to start playing football.  New members are more then welcome to attend on Saturday in Walterstown at  10am.


Johnstown Bake Off

Johnstown Bake Off


Cake sale this Saturday please bring some bakes and try some too!!



Following on from our Bake off last year we are all set to do it. On Saturday the 18th of October we will be having a cake and bake sale in the MDL for all to enjoy with a cup of coffee and a game.

Firstly we need your help so get your Mary Berry on and Bake! Yes you heard me Bake, we need you to bake cakes, buns, cupcakes, cheese cakes what ever you like and then bring them down to the MDL on the 18th.

Of course the real fun part you get to taste the bake so for a nominal fee you can buy your own cake or someone else’s and enjoy it whilst you watch your game and don’t forget if you still feel peckish at half time you can come back for more!

So Saturday the 18th of October Bake, Bring and Buy Cake.

Fixtures 26/28th of September

Coaching Leagues

This week sees the return of the Coaching League games in the MDL and St Pats.

The Coaching League is non competitive and where our younger players learn all about the basics of the game.  We would like to remind everyone that attends the Coaching League of the following:

  • We encourage positive comments to the children but instruction should only come from their coach.   Please support your coach and cheer your children on.
  • This year there will be referees at all Coaching League games.  This referees are there to insure the rules on how small sided games should be played are adhered too  We ask that all Parents and Managers set a good example and do not question the Referee’s decision.  Also if the safety rules are not adhered too the referee must ask the player to leave the pitch.
  • All Players must wear shin guards.
  • Any player who needs glasses must not wear them on the pitch and they must wear protective Sports Goggles.
  • Photography or Videotaping is not allowed by anyone on the side lines.  The clubs can send their PROs as they are guardi vetted and they must introduce them selves to both managers and referees prior to taking photos
  • No league tables are recorded and scores are not recorded as they as this league is about learning.

Full set of rules for this league is available on the NECSL site here
Of Course the most important thing for us to say is welcome back to all our young players and enjoy the games !


Help Needed

We need coaches to help with our Academy.  Every year we bring in young players to teach them all about the game  but we can not do that with out your help.  Now is your chance to give back to your community and club we need Coaches so if you can spare an hour every sunday morning to help the kids please get in touch and we will be glad to take you on board.

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With all that said we have a full schedule of games on this weekend and here they all are


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