Former Cobh Ramblers manager Stephen Henderson has been named as the new head of youth development with First Division side Shelbourne.
Speaking to the Shelbourne website, Henderson said, “After talking with Dave O’Connor and some of the people involved in the academy, it was clear for me to see that Shels are pushing in an exciting direction at senior and academy levels. To be part of that process is exciting and I am very grateful to the club for affording me this opportunity. Our job at the academy is to ensure we give the young players every opportunity to reach their potential through structured training sessions, lots of encouragement and really good information. There are some great coaches at the club and I’m really looking forward to working with them and the players closely over the coming season.”
Shelbourne FC Chief Executive Officer Dave O’Connor added:
“We are delighted to have someone of Stephen’s calibre and experience join our academy structure. He has a wealth of experience and knowledge and has a proven track record of working with and developing young players.
Stephen’s role is to give support, direction and lend of all his vast experience to all our academy coaches and players. We are very lucky at Shelbourne to have a first class academy structure that provides an elite pathway through each of the underage National League, right through to our First Team. However, we are also unique and very lucky to also have a thriving community academy structure which enables us to develop players of all levels and abilities. Stephen will be tasked with overseeing the growth and development of this whole structure.
His passion for working with young players is infectious and I know he will immerse himself in this role immediately. I am really looking forward to working with him. With the recent restructuring of the underage schoolboy leagues, Stephens initial goals will be focusing on the pre-season scheduling for the Club’s DDSL teams, as well as monitoring the progress of each of the Club’s National League teams.”