The Bohemians will end their current relationship with Dublin schoolboy band St Kevin’s Boys and seek new partners to add to their underage structure.
t Kevin’s, which has helped produce generations of international stars such as Liam Brady, Damien Duff, Jeff Hendrick and Robbie Brady, entered into an official partnership with Bohs in 2018, in a program overseen by the technical director of FAI Ruud Dokter who controversially wanted school clubs to enter into partnerships with League of Ireland sides, despite decades of tension and hostility between senior and minor matches
With Bohs adopting the name and club colors of St Kevin in their academy, the partnership grew and players like Dawson Devoy, Ross Tierney and Evan Ferguson moved from Kevin’s to the Bohs first team along with other moves United Kingdom.
But Bohs have now decided to expand their network in Dublin and, although they say they hope to retain a link with Kevin’s, they will seek to have affiliated clubs from next year as Dublin rivals St Patrick’s Athletic and Shamrock Rovers already have links in place with a number of schoolboy setups.
Bohs said: “This restructuring will see bohemians re-engage with clubs across Dublin and form new relationships with others”.
Academy director Craig Sexton said: “This is an exciting time for youth football in Ireland and at Bohemians.
“National Minors Leagues have evolved and grown tremendously, and Bohemians is committed to providing the highest performing minors environment that allows all players to reach their full potential.
“Our exclusive partnership with St Kevin’s has served both clubs well. By working together, it has seen many talented young players progress from academy sides to the Bohemians first team and beyond.
“We have had great successes in player development over the past few years, and that clear path from youth football to our first team is now well established, and is now a very tangible and accessible target for young aspiring footballers.
“We strongly believe that a new affiliate club model will only build on this, and we hope St Kevin’s will be part of it.
“Now is the time to refine our structures and move from an exclusive agreement between two clubs to a broader membership model which broadens our base to work with clubs across Dublin and beyond to attract the best young people. players in our academy.”