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FAI Summer Soccer Schools

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Barry Gleeson is here to talk about the National Irish Bank FAI Summer Soccer Schools
Barry Gleeson, FAI National coordinator of the Summer Soccer

Schools programme:

FAI Summer Soccer School Programme. The schools are a great way for children to have fun and encourage their participation skills, as well as being a good health incentive. If a child wants to take up soccer and join a club, then the scheme helps them in trying to find a soccer club and general encouragement.

. Largest FAI grassroots football programme in Ireland
. Open to boys and girls aged 7-15
. Week long coaching programme July 6th & August 28th annually
. Focus in on fun, enjoyment, making friends and improving skills
. Child will gain in self esteem, feel part of group and hopefully join a local club as a result if he /she is not a member already.i.e. Summer Camps are a great launch pad into football and sport for children.

. 290 camps in 2009 over 25'000 children expected to attend.
. Camps As Gaeilge will take place in Counties Donegal, Galway and Kerry. There will also be five "Football For All" camps with Down Syndrome Ireland and St Joseph's School for Deaf Children. 30 FAI Summer Soccer Schools in RAPID areas
. Female participation hugely important over 15% girls expected to attend

What do they get for participating?
. Full unique Umbro Kit including jersey, shorts and socks
. Ball
. Backpack
. Certificate of Participation
. 22 hour coaching programme

Cost to participate
. € 99 for all mainstream camps
. € 70 for goalkeeper camps
. € 50 for Campai as Gaeilge

Safety is paramount
. FAI Summer Soccer School Programme is leading the way in the Health & Safety in Summer Camps in Ireland. .How?
. All Coaches are FAI Accredited. Min Kick Start 1.
. All Coaches are Garda Vetted. FAI first NGB to roll this out on their Summer Camp Programme
. All Head Coaches are Medically trained by FAI Healthcare Partner Hibernian Healthcare. All are Irish Heart Foundation Certified.
. Goalpost Safety
. All Local Host Venues and equipment are rigorously checked for risk analysis by local FAI Regional Development Officers.

Key messages

. Social Inclusion
. Football for All
. Nutrition
. Hydrations
. Fun for All

How to book on?

. By far the fastest and easiest way to book is online at or by calling 1890 653 653.
. You can also book by post and brochures/postal application forms are available at all host clubs or by calling 1890 653 653.

When should I book?
. This is an extremely popular programme and therefore places book out very quickly
. 90% of camps will be 100% full well in advance of the start date
. Participants cannot book on the first day.they must book in advance. FAI strongly advises people to book early to avoid disappointment.