Students graduate from unique TY course
The 25 participants of Ireland's only Football and Fitness Course for Transition Year students graduated at the Fingal County Council Civic Offices in Blanchardstown where they received certificates in front of an audience of parents and teachers.
The course was established by the FAI and Fingal County Council with support from Empower.
The course provides the young students with the opportunity to meet their educational requirements while developing a whole range of football skills and also gaining a full ITEC Fitness Instructor's qualification from Litton Lane Training.
This football centred education initiative was run in Corduff Sports Centre over the course of the 2017-18 academic year with all students getting permission from their respective schools to attend.
Mayor of Fingal, Councillor Mary McCamley, Fingal County Council Chief Executive, Paul Reid, Donal Conway, FAI Vice President and Ireland, U21 Team Manager Noel King, attended the event along with representatives from Empower, and elected members of Fingal County Council.
Noel King spoke to the graduates about the unique opportunity that they had been given.
He encouraged them to follow their dreams and said that the skills they had gained will stand to them in all walks of life including whatever sport or sporting role they may decide to pursue in the future.
Denis Hyland, an FAI-Fingal County Council Football Development Officer and Course Coordinator, stated: 'The course allows Transition Year Students to live in a proper sporting environment for a year while also meeting their educational needs.