Fingal develop FAI football program

by Stephen Findlater

FINGAL County Council and the FAI of Ireland have launched the second year of the Transition Year Football Development Course which gives participants an opportunity to meet their educational requirements while developing football skills.
The programme was officially launched by former Republic of Ireland senior international Keith Andrews, Mayor of Fingal Cllr Mary McCamley and Fingal County Council’s Chief Executive Paul Reid, and FAI Vice President Donal Conway at Corduff Community Centre today.
Over the course of the 2017-18 school year, the 26 Transition Year students participating will mix academic subjects like maths and English with Kick Start 1 and 2 coaching courses and modules in fitness instruction, media skills and personal development as well football training and strength and conditioning work.
In addition, the participants will undertake an ITEC Fitness Instructors Course delivered by Litton Lane Fitness Training. They will also return to their local primary school one day a week to work with teachers in the delivery of physical education and gain valuable work experience.
“The second year of the programme is designed to allow the students to commit to the development of their football skills as well as engaging with their communities without compromising their education,” said course co-ordinator, and co-funded FAI Development Officer with Fingal County Council, Denis Hyland
The Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Mary McCamley, praised the programme: “Fingal County Council’s partnership with the FAI has proven hugely beneficial to our residents.
“Education and sport are both demanding and important to young people. ”
The course ran last year in partnership with the support of Blanchardstown Area Partnership and Sport Ireland. It was extermely well-attended and recorded an impressive average attendance rate of 93% throughout the school year.
Marion Brown, Principal Sports Officer with Fingal County Council said: “The success of this project’s first year has attracted a lot of positive attention from other local authorities who would also be hugely interested in delivering it to students in their area.
“I’m confident that the work, preparation and experience brought to this project will deliver another beneficial course for the programme’s participants.”

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