Graham Kane FAI Development Officer in Longford continues to implement soccer programmes locally and the following is his latest progress report.
Primary 5’s schools competition takes place over 3 days, 28th/30th and 4th April for County Finals day. 16 schools are involved with 250-300 children taking part in the competition which leads to the National Finals in the Aviva Stadium in May which is a great incentive for all schools in Ireland to participate in the competition.
Graham has implemented a social inclusion programme in Springlawn after school programme every Wednesday. Also Attic House Youth Group on a Wednesday for teenagers in disadvantaged communities. Also implement programme with Longford Youth Reach programme for both male and female which they have found very beneficial.
The FAA Development Officer in Longford hopes to implement new programmes in the second quarter of 2017
Late Night League Programme
Football For All Programmes in conjunction with Mary Duignan Disability Officer in Longford.
Graham has had very positive meetings about the possibility of establishing the first Football For All Club in Longford which he hopes will be in place by middle of 2017. This is to cater for everyone that wishes to participate in the game. The FFA programme will come under the mainstream structure of the club which is brilliant to have in Longford and gives an opportunity for everyone who may not have had access to a club previously.
To upskill coaches through the FAI Coach Education Pathway implementing coach education courses Graham has implemented a number of Coach Education Courses through Education initiatives such as Longford Youthreach Centre delivering Child Protection Course and also the PDP1 course.
Also with transition year students in Templemichael College Child Protection Course and also PDP1 course to upskill young coaches who maybe have an ambition to coach in future or coach within their local club.
Graham has also implemented a girls school club link programme with Templemichael College. It is a 4 week programme with the aim of the programme to link the girls from the school into their local club.
The FAI have also co-ordinated the Primary 5’s girls competition that started in City Calling Stadium on Tuesday with over 200 girls taking part with the boys competition on this Thursday which will even increase in numbers.
Another great achievement has been the progress of establishing a Football For All Club Programme. There hasn’t been a Football For All Club in Longford over the last couple of months so Graham and May Duignan the Disability Officer in Longford have been interacting with different stakeholders and Oisin Jordan on how we can implement a Football For All club programme under the structure of a mainstream club in Longford.
Once a club is established who will implement the FFA programme under their club’s structure then progress can be made from there and schedule a meeting with the club and the FAI National Co-ordinator Oisin Jordan to discuss in detail what is involved and what people the programme is targeted for.