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05 Aug 2018 : Linnets welcome Ellen Johnston into backroom team
RUNCORN Linnets are pleased to welcome into our backroom team massage therapist Ellen Johnston.
Ellen will assist our head sport rehabilitator Gemma Mooney in player conditioning and recovery.
Ellen holds a Level 3 qualification in sports massage therapy and only recently returned from studying in the United States.
She has now started her own business offering full postural consultation and deep tissue massages.
It's good to have you on board, Ellen and we hope you enjoy your time with Runcorn Linnets.
04 Aug 2018 : Runcorn lose to Witton Albion 0-3
Runcorn lost to Witton Albion in the Pre-season warm-up at The Millbank Linnets Stadium with a score of 0-3. Witton Albion scored in the 38th minute. Witton Albion increased their lead in the 47th minute. 88 mins:Witton awarded a penalty. Witton Albion extended their lead in the 89th minute from the spot.
03 Aug 2018 : Runcorn Linnets enrol for Northern Premier League Football Academy
Runcorn Linnets FC are the fifth new club to join the Northern Premier League Football Academy this year in preparation for a September 2019 start.
The newly-promoted EVO-STIK League outfit feel it's the right time and next step to try to host such an initiative with the league's Concept and Development Football Programme being the perfect vehicle.
Linnets' recently-appointed chairman, Mike Bignall said: "Runcorn has always been a football town and we have some great schools with fantastic sporting backgrounds. Being able to offer a Further Education pathway to local students as well as members of our junior teams is amazing for both us and our town. "The students can also progress on to a degree course which again is providing our youngsters with a fantastic opportunity."
Mike added: "It's not just the Level 3 course on offer but also a level 2 course.
"We are excited to see if we can complete the next stage of our infrastructure."
The Runcorn Linnets FC Academy is a full-time course as an alternative to college. Students will study for a BTEC in Sport Level 3 (Diploma and Extended Diploma available, which is the equivalent to two/three A Levels) or an NVQ Level 2 in Sport for those students who haven't obtained the GCSE grades to qualify for the BTEC.
The course will be delivered by a tutor in the mornings with a UEFA qualified coach conducting afternoon football training for the students.
The coach will also manage a Runcorn Linnets Academy team on Wednesday afternoons against NPLFA sides from fellow EVO-STIK League clubs such as Leek Town, Belper Town, Micklover Sports and Witton Albion.
The Northern Premier League is the official name of what is through sponsorship known as the EVO-STIK League.
All NPLFA games take place at the main grounds of all clubs involved and are filmed for analysis with a weekly highlights show being broadcast every Friday on www.youtube.com/NPLFA.
The NPL Football Academy has been a huge success on and off the pitch.
More than 600 students have enrolled in total since its launch. Many have progressed to university, scholarships in the US, the NPLFA's own sports degree course or employment.
As of May 2018, almost 50 players have progressed to their respective first teams with four students entering the professional game.
An NPLFA spokesperson said: "We are thrilled Runcorn Linnets have joined. We have enrolled five new clubs for the 2019-2020 season and we have one club left to enrol (which will be announced shortly) and this will complete our intake of clubs.
"The recent demand has been staggering but shows we are trying to set up, run and develop a programme at all our clubs in the right way.
"The Linnets have a real commitment to developing youth which should encourage local youngsters to join the programme.
"From a club's point of view, it costs nothing either financially or in time to see if we can establish such a programme at their football club. As with every club, we will be working hard to try and create a successful programme."
By being a part of Runcorn Linnets FC, there are genuine pathways to play for the first team and with the football programme being held Monday to Friday, students will still be able to play for their local junior sides at the weekend.
Recruitment will begin in September 2018 for a September 2019 start but interested Year 10/11 students can pre-register at www.nplfa.co.uk or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
There is a maximum of twenty places available for the Runcorn Linnets Academy with trials to be arranged in October 2018, December 2018, February 2019, April 2019 and May 2019.
01 Aug 2018 : Ronnie returns to the Runcorn ranks
Runcorn Linnets have signed defensive midfieldman Ronnie McCarthy for a second time.
Like striker Kurt Sherlock, he is a familiar figure to return to the club after featuring throughout the Linnets' 2018-19 pre-season as a trialist.
A holding player, Ronnie can also operate in central defence.
The 24-year-old is noted for his commitment and endeavour, having initially joined the Linnets in August 2016 on dual registration with Skelmersdale United, our now EVO-STIK League Division One West rivals.
Ronnie made his first debut off the bench in the Linnets' maiden competitive win under Michael Ellison's management - a 4-1 home victory over Irlam in The Hallmark Security League Premier Division.
The player's first spell in the Yellow & Green saw 23 appearances, including 20 starts, in 2016-17 season with two goals.
Ronnie has also previously played for Vikings FC (now Widnes FC) and scored one of the goals in their maiden victory in North West Counties League football - a 5-1 win at Northwich Flixton Villa in August 2013.
Since leaving Linnets, Ronnie has played for Burscough but he has since had a spell out of the game because of a cruciate ligament injury.
Pictured - Ronnie McCarthy signs for Linnets club secretary, Tracy Measor (Photo by James Eastup).
01 Aug 2018 : Teenage defender Declan Gallagher puts pen to paper after successful trial
Promising teenager Declan Gallagher has been drafted in by Runcorn Linnets to increase their defensive options.
Declan impressed during a pre-season trial spell, which has seen him pitched against opposition including National League North clubs.
A tall and confident centre back, the 19-year-old's last club was Vauxhall Motors, who were Cheshire Amateur Cup runners-up in 2017-18.
They also finished second behind South Liverpool in West Cheshire League Division One.
Prior to that, Declan was as a youth player on the books of Mersey Royal and Skelmersdale United.
His performances led to him gaining representative honours with Liverpool County FA's Under 18s team.
It was with the LCFA that Declan, who also spent time as a youngster with Wigan Athletic, completed a hat-trick of National Cup titles - after similar success with Liverpool Schoolboys Under 15s and his school's U16s side.
Linnets boss Michael Ellison said: "Declan is a young player with great potential."
Pictured - Linnets club secretary Tracy Measor completes the signing of Declan Gallagher. Photo by James Eastup.
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