New FAI programme aims to develop street soccer skills

Published 03/06/2014 | 05:32

Michael Pender, FAI/Fingal County Council Development Officer, with Jonathan Walters, David Forde and Ian Hunter, Director of the Swords Pavilions Shopping Centre.

A NEW skills programme aimed at recreating street soccer in a safe environment has been launched in Fingal.

Co-ordinated by the FAI, in conjunction with Fingal County Council, the new initiative allows particpants to recreate games many adults would have played in their youth, such as head and volleys, three and in, World Cup and the like.

The informal set up of the programme is also its key to its success where the kids can alter the rules of the games and coaches act more in a supervisory role.

Having already delivered the program in Skerries, Lusk and Swords it is now planned for further venues throughout Fingal.

Commenting on the programme's success to date Paul Keogh FAI/Fingal County Council officer said: 'The essence of this program is to create a safe environment where boys and girls can develop their skills in a way we all would have done over the years.

'If you talk to any player who achieved their potential they often refer back to the times they practiced on the street and the likes of David Forde and Jonathan Walters were no different. The feedback from the participants to date has been phenomenal, it's a format that is fun and all inclusive, and kids love it.'

Swords Pavilions centre director Ian Hunter said: 'We at Swords Pavilions are delighted to support this exciting program. We support sport in the community in various ways and our continued partnership with the FAI is one example of this.

'This particular program encompasses exactly what we should want for our youth. We are also delighted to be hosting an FAI/FCC street skillz day in the Swords Pavilions ground itself later on in the year where those that have practised'

Fingal Independent

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