RTÉ and Celtic FC team up to offer one lucky player a place at Celtic’s prestigious Youth Academy!
Football’s Next Star will make its debut this October on RTÉ Two. Presented by Westlife’s Nicky Byrne, Football’s Next Star will feature 10 young Irish footballers who will battle it out for one coveted place at Celtic’s prestigious Youth Academy!
Nicky Byrne, who was signed by Leeds United when he was sixteen, is a die hard Celtic fan and football fanatic making him the ideal host for Football’s Next Star!
Commenting on the show, Football’s Next Star presenter Nicky Byrne, said:
“Football’s Next Star is a huge opportunity for every young Irish soccer fan to achieve his dream of playing professional football. I had an absolutely amazing experience shooting the series which was my first ever TV project and I’m very proud to say we really did unearth a true gem in our winner.
So many players in Ireland are missed out on by pro clubs in the UK. Football’s Next Star gives these young Irish lads the opportunity to showcase their talents and also gives Celtic FC the chance to see what their scouts had previously missed out on!”
Football’s Next Star will commence on Friday, 5 October on RTÉ Two at 5pm and the opening episode will feature the Irish football trials which were held earlier this year. Tune in to meet the hundreds of passionate young footballers vying for a place in the next round.
Between 40 and 50 contestants will be shortlisted from the open trials and they will go on to participate in the next stage of the competition which will be held at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium, where Celtic’s legendary manager Neil Lennon and the Celtic FC coaching team will make the final selection of ten talented young players.
These ten hopefuls will then move to Glasgow to try and impress the world renowned Celtic Academy coaches with a series of intense training sessions and a sliding scale of tough football fixtures, where they’ll have to play to keep their place on the team.
They will eat, sleep and breathe football and get a real taste of what it is like to be a professional footballer… It won’t be easy though! Only one boy can win a place at the Celtic Youth Academy, so every week one contestant is sent back home. The pressure will be on for top-notch performances!
Throughout the competition the boys will have the opportunity to win rewards, including master classes with some of football’s biggest stars and a trip abroad to play top foreign teams, as our youngsters get a real taste of what the life of a real professional footballers must be like.
Tune into Football’s Next Star every Friday at 5pm on RTÉ Two from 5 October to 23 November 2012