Football For All

FAI – Football For All Club Programme

This programme was initiated to assist and develop Football opportunities for all players with a disability in their local community. The FAI has taken a leading step in the promotion and development of a clear pathway so as to encourage players with a disability to participate in Football.

 

THE MAIN ACTION AREAS ARE:

• Increased Participation through mainstream community clubs

• Player development in a Pan Disability environment

• Funding and PR

• Women’s Football

• Coach Education

• Competition Structures

• Inclusion Workshops

 

The FAI recognises that some people or communities start from a disadvantaged position and may need proactive assistance from the Association to gain access to all opportunities that exist in football.

Everybody regardless of their ability should have the opportunity to access football in their local club ensuring the FAI promotes an ethos of inclusion within the football community. Players will receive their training at local clubs providing regular football, a feeling of belonging to a club, competition, and a safe environment in which to express them. Most of all, players will have a pathway into mainstream teams if they improve to a level capable of competing in mainstream competition and, if not, they will continue to enjoy the game they love with their club. The programme will create opportunities for people with disabilities from 6 - 14 years of age across all disability groups. Its Pan Disability approach will ensure high participation and integration of all disabilities forging new partnerships within the disability community

 

For further information on the programme please contact Oisin Jordan or Nick Harrison details are below or go to:

http://www.fai.ie/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=101445:football-for-all-program&catid=56:football

 

FAI – Football For all International Programme

The football for all programme also supports eight international disability squads

competing at the highest level at European and world competitions. The teams involved are:

•     Special Olympics Ireland

•     Irish Cerebral Palsy Football (Paralympics Football)

•     Irish Deaf Football (Male & Female)

•     Irish Partially Sighted Football

•     Irish FFA Schools

•     Irish Street Leagues

•     Irish Powerchair Football

 

All international players competing in competitive competition each year are recognized by the FAI with an international cap.

 

Players who feel they have the potential and ability to compete at the highest level in disability football should contact Oisín Jordan.

 

For further information in relation to this programme please contact:

 

Football for All National Coordinator         Football For All Club Development Officer

Oisín Jordan                                                    Nick Harrison

Football Association of Ireland                       Football Association of Ireland          

National Sports Campus                                 National Sports Campus

Abbotstown                                                     Abbotstown

Dublin 15                                                         Dublin 15

Email: oisin.jordan@fai.ie                             nick.harrison@fai.ie

Mobile: 086 607 9223                                    086 047 2051