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Bermingham’s Balancing Act

UCC Sports Studies Alumni Stephen Birmingham has enjoyed quite a few weeks here on Leeside. From being awarded a Bachelor of Education (BEd) in Sports Studies to guiding Cork City under 19’s to the Enda McGuill Cup, and through the first round of the UEFA Youth League with a win over HJK Helsinki.

Birmingham was awarded the Cork City FC u19s job in May 2015 following a successful spell at Cobh Ramblers’ underage set-up, where he coordinated the Cork City job while studying at University College Cork.

In his maiden season at the Rebel Army Birmingham guided Cork City FC to the Under 19 League title while balancing the final year of his degree and work placement. In his second year at the job, Bermingham closed out his degree while winning the Under 19 Cup at Turners Cross, and creating Irish footballing history, as Cork City knocked out HJK Helsinki in the UEFA Youth League.

With the season now over, Bermingham returns to PE teaching, now looking towards a dream cup tie against AS Roma at Turners Cross, and the 2017 Under 19 National League.