Nippers Academy

Formed in 1992, Malahide United Nippers Academy is the starting block for young children – both boys and girls. Its purpose is to introduce our future stars to the game of football through a fun, safe and enjoyable environment. The idea is to awaken an interest in football at an early age with importance being placed on fun and participation not to mention fair play. At present we have 140 nippers between the ages of 5 and 7.

nippers-academyBecause of the huge interest in joining Malahide United Nippers Academy a waiting list has been put in place. Looking after such a number of children is no easy task and this is only possible with the help and dedication from our volunteers on the Nippers Committee.

The format for the nippers is a fun warm-up, followed by fun drills and finishes with some fun small sided matches.

To encourage the children, ‘Player of the Morning’ trophies are distributed to certain children in each age group, in recognition of their efforts and improvement. Its works out that all the children end up winning the ‘Player of the Morning’ trophy at some time over the season! The progress of the children during the year is unbelievable.
The nippers train every Saturday (in most weather conditions!)on the all weather pitch in Gannon Park signing in at 10.15am and kicking off at 10.30am – 12.30pm beginning in mid September through until early May excluding a 4-6 week winter break and bank holiday weekends.

How to Join
Click here to complete the online Nippers Application Form.


Any current members renewing their membership must register via the icon PAY YOUR REGISTRATION ONLINE NOW.

We have put together answers to FAQ’s about the academy and the application process.   Please take the time to read through before emailing the club with any enquiries.

The Nippers Academy administration and coaching team are all volunteers. It takes a lot of time and effort to manage and coordinate and because of this we will only be in the position to contact successful applicants before the start of  any season.   We will not be in a position to guarantee a reply to enquiries about the waitlist. 

Completion of the Nippers Form does NOT imply admission to the club.

Online applications may be submitted after a child has turned 4 years of age.

Any Online applications submitted for a child that has not turned 4 will not be held.

Children start at the Nippers Academy in the September of the year they turn five years of age (Jan-Dec).

The Academy is a three year academy with three age groups U6, U7 and *U8 (*U8 league teams and the full time U8 academy squad are under the Nippers section of the club).

The Nippers Academy and leagues are based on the year of birth so it is of utmost importance that the correct date of birth is entered.

Copy of passport/birth certificate may be requested in accordance with league policies.

New places will be offered out from mid August right up until the season starts which is mid September. New places will not be offered out before mid August.

Please note applications are held on a waitlist if numbers are oversubscribed. 

If you have submitted an online application and you are not offered a place i.e. have not heard from the club before the start of an eligible season please note there is no need to reapply.   

Attendance is monitored at the academy and places are offered out to the waitlist throughout the season if and when they become available. 

In order for prospective eligible applicants to be considered for a place at the Academy for the start of any season we would strongly encourage all  applications to be submitted online before the 31st of July.  Applications received after this date will be taken but  may miss out on a being offered a place for the start of the upcoming season.  Club fees and the registration process will always be advised to successful applicants once a place has been offered.  

If you have any further enquiries Email: (note this email is NOT checked daily)

Getting involved with the nippers can also prove to be a great starting point for any parent wishing to get involved in coaching and are always welcome. Managing and/or coaching a team will bring many personal rewards and spending your Saturday or Sunday morning with your child during their match can only be good for you – as a parent. The club arranges FAI coaching courses for new and existing managers and run ‘coach the coach’ sessions throughout the season.

If managing or coaching a team is not what you want, there are many more ways for you to volunteer your services and to get involved.