Featuring former Man. Utd. & Rep. of
Ireland U21 International, KEVIN GROGAN.
Join Kevin as he passes on some of the training tips and
techniques that he learned on the Man. Utd. training ground
alongside David Beckham, Roy Keane, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes
He was also an outstanding youth soccer player and
was on the U-16 European Championship-winning Republic of
Ireland team. Kevin currently holds a UEFA B coaching license.
Back to Premier League Clinics.
Sir Alex welcomes Kevin to Old Trafford in 1998
PHILOSOPHY | CAREER
"All the participants at the clinics
will be showed how the top professionals train each day and
just how professional those players have to be when it comes
to training. This is particularly true of the basic drills
that require high level of concentration and relentless patience
to master the different arts of soccer. Passing, dribbling,
volleying, heading, turning, shooting will all be coached.
Often, its not whats being coached it is how it
is being coached. It is also the attitude of a player that
frequently determines their long term success in soccer. The
best are the best for a reason. They practice the simple things
harder then anyone else and they master those exact things
better then anyone in the world. Soccer can be a simple game
Premier Soccer Clinics will teach the basics in a unique,
professional environment that will maximize the players' potential.
Its about technical ability, attitude and the desire to be
the best! We install this into our players to help them on
the road to becoming better soccer players."
A uniquely talented youth player, Grogan was signed by Sir
Alex Ferguson for Manchester United in 1998 just before playing
a major role on the Ireland Under 16 team, on their way to
becoming European Champions in Scotland. Grogan played a pivotal
role in the success of the Irish team.
Sir Alex Ferguson rated the young Irish man extremely highly
and Grogan was likened to a young David Beckham within the
Irish media. Grogan progressed through the ranks of Manchester
United and established himself as first team prospect. Training
with the likes of David Beckham and Ryan Giggs, Grogan was
almost ready to make the breakthrough.
A series of injuries stopped Kevin from making the breakthrough
expected and in the summer of 2001 he left Man Utd. He decided
to combine football with studying and joined Eircom League
Premier Division side UCD and enrolled on a Diploma course
in Sports management. After a long battle with his injury
it seemed his football career would be revived when he joined
Millwall in 2003.
Later that year he was told by Millwall doctors that his
body could not take the strains of professional football after
a series of operations and injections. The Pelvic injuries
had taken too much out of him. He returned home disappointed
but finished his college course and for a while worked with
Cork City FC in a marketing role before becoming a football
In July 2006, Grogan decided to make one last attempt to
resurrect his career. He went to Belgium to undergo major
surgery and intense functional rehab for eight months in Antwerp.
He has treated by one of Europes top surgeons, Geert
Declercq and top rehab therapists, Lieven Maesscalck. Their
clientele includes Impenza, Shevchenko and Maldini amongst
Kevin signed for St Patricks Athletic in Dublin in
a bid to gain match fitness before returning to England. Unfortunately
his efforts were in vain when his injury returned and he finally
had to retire from full time professional football. Sir Alex
Ferguson has said that it was one of his own personal disappointments
to see Kevin retire.
In June 2007 he was appointed Director of Football at his
first club Belvedere FC and also set up his own successful
Academy for the elite young players of Dublin.
He was capped four times by the Republic of Ireland Under