FAI appoint new Development Officer for Sligo
The Football Association of Ireland has appointed Ryan Casey as Sligo s new Development Officer. In the interim Ryan will also be covering County Leitrim until the imminent appointment of a development officer solely for the county.Ryan Casey has a rich background in grassroots, professional and International football which will greatly help him in his new role.Ryan spent eight years at Swansea City returning to play League of Ireland football with St. Patrick s Athletic, Cork City and Galway United while also playing for the Melbourne Knights in Australia. He has also enjoyed a successful Internat
Ryan has undergone a number of coaching programmes and has received the UEFA B Certificate. He has put this to good use in coaching teams at Salthill Devon FC in Galway and the Melbourne Knights in Australia.
Ryan Casey said: I am absolutely delighted with my new position as FAI Development Officer and am really looking forward to getting stuck into the job. Niall Harrison has done a fantastic job up until now so I hope to maintain what he has achieved while putting my own twist on things. I know that football is so important to the people of Sligo so it s great to get so much support in the community. I am particularly looking forward to working on the emerging talent programme, developing women s football and the coach education programme.
The position involves ensuring that the FAI achieves its core objectives in Sligo by: Ensuring the quality delivery of the FAI s Development Programmes, The Promotion of †social inclusion through Football, The delivery of active soccer development programmes to target communities†Ryan replaces Niall Harrison who has been promoted to National Co-ordinator for the FAI Emerging Talent Programme. Niall Harrison said: I wish Ryan the very best of luck in his new position and I have no doubt that he will do a fantastic job. His experience in football to date ensures that he is more than qualified for the role.
Packie Bonner, FAI Technical Director, said: Ryan is the perfect man for the job. He is 100 per cent committed to promoting football in Ireland and will help the Association achieve its many objectives for improving football in Sligo.