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Late Night FAI Leagues set to kick off

Friday night sees the start of a new Friday Night Late Night Soccer League Balbriggan. Open to boys and girls aged 13-15 and 16-19, the games will take place at the all-weather pitch in Glebe North from 9pm to 11pm and the League will run for 6-8 weeks.

The Late Night League (LNL) is the brainchild of the Football Association of Ireland, and follows from a successful pilot scheme in Ballymun.

The League is run in conjunction with local authorities, youth groups and Community Garda policing units, and aims to provide a safe, fun and healthy social alternative to teenagers for Friday nights. The FAI LNL will run across Dublin and it is intended to have a Dublin Finals night in April.

The LNL is fully supported by Community Garda policing units who are working with FAI Community Development officers to ensure the programme is a success

. Speaking about the initiative, Inspector in charge of Community Policing at Balbriggan Garda Station, Declan Yeates said "Balbriggan Gardai willingly support this community based initiative and encourage all young people to engage in outdoor sporting activities" Paul Keogh FAI/Fingal County Council Development officer added "The joint partnership between Fingal County Council's sports division and the FAI and the local community Gardai in Balbriggan has meant this programme has come to fruition. The benefits of such a programme are obvious to all and will hopefully give the youth of Fingal something to look forward to on a Fridayent

For further information on the Late Night League initiative, or any football programmes, please contact your local FAI Development Officer: Balbriggan/Skerries & Area -- Paul Keogh T: 086 044 4435 E: paul.keogh@fai.ieSwords & Area -- Mick Pender T: 087 127 3258 E: mickpender@fai.ieDublin 15 & Area -- Martin Doyle T: 086 770 0772 E: martin.doyle@fai.ieHowth/Malahide/Baldoyle & Area -- Denis Hyland T: 087 127 3242 E: denis.hyland@fai.ie