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  • Northside East

Football course for students launched on the Northside 

Friday, 22nd November, 2019 6:00pm
Football course for students launched on the Northside 

Pictured are the young footballers on the Transition Year Football Development Course with some of the people involved in the programme and council staff.

Football course for students launched on the Northside 

Pictured are the young footballers on the Transition Year Football Development Course with some of the people involved in the programme and council staff.

FINGAL County Council and the Football Association of Ireland have launched the fourth year of a course which gives participants an opportunity to meet their educational requirements while developing football skills.

The 2019-20 Transition Year Football Development Course was officially launched by Mayor of Fingal Cllr Eoghan O’Brien and Fingal County Council chief executive AnnMarie Farrelly, in the company of former Republic of Ireland senior international Andy Reid and under 19s international team manager Tom Mohan at Corduff Community Centre.

Over the course of the 2019-20 school year, the 25 Transition Year students participating in the programme will mix academic subjects such as Maths and English with a range of football 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.

Course co-ordinator, and co-funded FAI Development Officer with Fingal County Council, Denis Hyland, said: “Participants from the
last three programmes were given the opportunity to immerse themselves in football
for a year while also meeting their educational needs.

“Following its success, the programme will be delivered for a fourth year. It 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.”

The programme is being jointly delivered by Fingal County Council’s Sports Office and the Football Association of Ireland with assistance from Empower Blanchardstown.

The course is run with the support of Empower Blanchardstown and Sport Ireland. These previous courses were extermely well-attended and recorded an impresssive average attendance rate of 95 percent throughout  the school year.

Marion Brown, Principal Sports Officer with Fingal County Council, said the success of this project 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 by Fingal County Council’s Sports Office and the FAI will deliver another beneficial course for the programme’s participants,” said Ms Brown.

Mayor of Fingal Cllr Eoghan O’Brien praised the programme.

“Education and sport are both demanding and important to young people,” he said. “I’m delighted to see the implementation of a programme that allows participants to pursue their passion without sacrificing their educational opportunities.”

Ms Farrelly said the programme has shown the benefits that can be reaped when there is investment put into the young people of Fingal. Not only are they developing the skills to balance sport with education, they are given the opportunity to engage with the community through weekly work experience which, as we have seen, contributes positively to their overall personal development,” she said.

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