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Wednesday 1 October 2014

On the ball with football for all

Published 13/12/2012 | 09:21

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THE Football for All Programme has now moved its training activities to St. Mary's Secondary School Hall in the town for the winter months.

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They now have a big number of boys availing of the programme which ensures the inclusion of children of all abilities in the football community in Ireland. The programme is sponsored by the NDC and the local and community section n of the Department of the Environment.

The local programme is run under the auspices of Charleville Soccer Club and the coaches are supplied by the club. "We are catering mainly for boys at the moment and would welcome the involvement of girls in the programme," said Co-ordinator Sandy Corrgian.

This follows the involvement of the TY students from St. Mary's School Charleville in the programme earlier this year. The students described the experience as one of the most uplifting of the 2011/12 Transition Year activities for students from St. Mary's Secondary School who teamed up with students from the TY Class of Charleville C.B.S. Secondary to coach students from the Holy Family School attached to St. Joseph's Foundation in Charleville in the programme.

Caoimhe Farrell, a TY student at St. Mary's School, writing of the experience, says that at the beginning of their transition year the class was approached by their soccer trainers, Ms O'Keffe and Ms Wallis to take part in a 'Football for All' programme along with the boys of the TY class at Charleville C.B.S. Secondary School.

"We completed a Kick-Start programme and then we set off to train some of the students from the Holy Family School every Friday morning from 9.30am to 10.30am. At first we were a bit apprehensive and we didn't really know what to expect from the training sessions, but as the weeks went by we grew in confidence and we developed a close bond with the students from the Holy Family School," she said.

"The 'Football for All' was a brilliant experience, we met some truly amazing people and we learned a lot about the students from the Holy Family School, and we even learned a lot about ourselves. It was definitely one of the best experiences of our lives.

We wouldn't have been able to do this without the help and support of our schools, St. Mary's and C.B.S. Charleville and the Holy Family School, Charleville Soccer Club for making it all possible and Nick Harrison from the Football Association of Ireland," she said.

Caoimhe also thanked Conor Nestor from the FAI and Tim Fitzgerald who is chairman of Charleville Soccer Club for providing playing field facilities at their grounds at Moatville, Charleville.

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