There are over 16,000 girls and women currently playing soccer in Ireland at various different levels – and this number is increasing every year. You could be part of this growing number!
The FAI in conjunction with the Leitrim County Development Board, through the Goal for Peace Project, are working together to help coach and develop girls soccer in Leitrim and we need involvement from all sections of the communities. Through the IFI funded Goal for Peace programme, it has become evident that girls, whilst very interested in soccer, do not have ready access to developing on their skills and becoming part of a club.The rules are simple, the game is fun and how good a player you could be will depend on how much you practice. But remember, one session with a qualified coach will put you on the right track!
Soccer not only gives you the buzz of playing competitive sport, but it’s a great chance to make new friends and a fun way of keeping fit as part of a healthy lifestyle.
“For younger girls who don’t feel like leaping straight into a competitive league, there will be lots of other things going on in Leitrim over the coming months” stated Damon Kearney, Leitrim County Council/FAI Community Soccer Officer adding that “activities will include Summer Soccer camps in four locations across the county or indeed after schools clubs in different parts of the county”
The girls’ only training sessions cater for 7-12 year olds with the aim of increasing the number of girls playing football and to improve their skills in a fun, structured and a safe coaching environment. As the sessions will be girls only, it will give the participants an opportunity to participate amongst their peers. The coaches at the sessions are FAI accredited, referenced and Garda vetted. The sessions will be free.
“The Goal for Peace programme aims to bring together all community irrespective of whether they are from different religious backgrounds and we have found that soccer is a fun, social way of doing this” stated Stephen Cassidy, Co-ordinator of the Goal for Peace programme.
For those who want to get involved in competitive football competitively or socially, hopefully there will be a progression into a soccer club here in Carrick on Shannon following this programme to allow the girls to continue the opportunity to play.
The first coaching session was held on Friday 8th July in Carrick Community School, Carrick-on-Shannon from 6pm to 7pm and is continung every Friday from 6pm – 7pm. For further information or to book your place, Contact either Damon Kearney on 087 7728173 by email firstname.lastname@example.org or Stephen Cassidy on 071 9650496 or email@example.com