As we head into the final month of the school year we would like to bring your attention to four resources that the FAI have developed over the past few months that teachers and parents may find useful for June and into July and August.
The FAI have just wrapped up on Week 7 of our FAI Homeskills videos. Every weekday at 11am on the FAI Grassroots Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages, a new skill is introduced by their Ambassadors, current and former Republic of Ireland Internationals, with a demonstration of the skill by our FAI Development Officers, and current Domestic and International players.
Each day, the Association invite viewers to submit their own video of performing the skill for a chance to win a FAI Goodie Bag. The library of all 35 skills is available on YouTube: FAI Homeskills. This may be a good initiative to implement for Active Schools Weeks to give the kids ideas - all they need is a ball and a small area of space.
FAI Guide to Healthy Eating
The FAI recently re-launched our Healthy Eating Guide in conjunction with SPAR to encourage parents and kids who are at home to eat healthy and learn some new dishes that are favourites of our Men’s and Women’s Senior International players. There are twenty recipes in total and the FAI put up three new recipes each week, there are eleven up on the website to date. Teachers can let parents know that all recipes can be found here: FAI Healthy Eating Guide
No Barriers At Home
In February the FAI launched the No Barriers programme, a joint initiative with London to promote UEFA EURO 2020 and teach children about players who have overcome barriers in their lives.
There are twelve inspirational stories, one from each of the host cities of UEFA EURO 2020. They've created all videos and resources in both English and Irish for schools to use. It may be useful for 2nd – 6th class over the next month because the FAI / Big Ideas Org. have updated the programme to make it accessible for children at home and we are encouraging them to upload their work, it’s also a fun way of keeping up their Irish by listening to the videos. Here is the students page: Student Resources. Here is the information on the programme: No Barriers At Home
We Will Draw
The FAI also have created some fun colouring pages of current Republic of Ireland Senior Internationals for kids, teachers may want to send this as an additional resource to parents also: #WeWillDraw
Hopefully these resources will be useful for teachers, and the kids take great enjoyment for engaging in the activities. Please tag FAI Grassroots and FAI Schools on social media if your School is taking on any of these initiatives.