5 Dec, 14:49
The Ireland Under-19 squad to face Australia Schools at Ravenhill on Saturday week (December 14) has been announced.
The five-year plan is already evident with floodlighting for two pitches currently under construction and a fully equipped gym already in place.
Kevin West, the recent Terenure College coach, has been recruited to manage the club's Under-21 structure and will be working closely with director of rugby James Ferris and assisted by manager Dave Bradshaw and backs coach Jono Sheahan.
International players Geordan Murphy, Frankie Sheahan and Lewis Moody will all be running coaching clinics for specialist positions and set-piece play over the season.
There will also be a big emphasis on the social side with an Under-21 Blitz tournament outside of Dublin in November and a trip overseas towards the latter part of the season to play an academy equivalent in either England or France.
Players in Leinster have the option to switch clubs up until Christmas so this is an added enticement for them to turn up for a couple of sessions and see if they enjoy it.
Any player interested in joining the club can visit www.monkstownfc.ie or contact James Ferris on 087-9353402 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monkstown will be hosting an open evening in the coming weeks to elaborate on the progressive plans for the academy and all new players are welcome to attend.
Full details will be posted on the Monkstown FC website.