Grants of up to €200,000 can be applied for by clubs

Grants of up to €200,000 can be applied for by clubs FOR the first time, applications for the Sports Capital programme including supporting documentation will only be accepted online. Applications by post or email will not be accepted and will be returned.

Prior to making an application, there is a need for clubs to register with the Department of Sport's Online Sports Capital Register (OSCAR) in advance of 5pm on Friday, February 7. Failure to register your club in advance of this date will prevent your club from applying in this round of the programme.

For more information in relation to registering your club with the Department visit:

The maximum grant available for local clubs in this round of the programme is €200,000.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday, February 28.

Coach Education

THE FAI has introduced a new, easy to use, on-line booking system for all introductory Coach Education courses, including Kick Start 1 and 2, Goalkeeping Intro, Senior Intro, 4v4 and 7v7 Workshops, Strength and Conditioning Workshops and the Youth Cert Course. If you are interested in getting on the coaching ladder at Kick Start 1 level or are already on the ladder and want to further your career please visit to book your place.

It is important to point out that this is the only way to book a course place, participants must book in advance.

Child Welfare Workshops

CLUBS who want to host a Child Welfare Workshop (forthcoming legislation will make it compulsory for all volunteers working with children under 18 to have completed this Workshop and be Garda Vetted) should contact Geraldine Nagle on 087 612 3512 who will liaise with me regarding dates.

The ideal number for the Workshop is 16 to 20 Participants but an absolute minimum of 12 participants is required in order for the Workshop to go ahead, cost is €10 with the club supplying the venue. I have tutored 30 of these Workshops to date all over the country and am happy to facilitate any club who can get the numbers in their own venue.

Summer Soccer Schools

THE FAI's Summer Soccer schools are an excellent player recruitment tool and revenue generator for clubs. They also allow clubs to maintain engagement with young players and parents through the summer with a high standard of coaching and focus on skill development. Clubs / leagues or associations interested in hosting a Summer Soccer School in 2014 should start planning now and are invited to submit an expression of interest in writing to

The camps aim to provide children between the ages of 6 and 14 the opportunity to attend a week-long (mainstream and Team Camps) or two day (Goalkeeper) football-oriented summer camp over the holiday period. Camps cater for players of all levels of ability and experience.

There are three types of camp that a venue can run; Mainstream Camps, Goalkeeper Camps or Team Camps (clubs looking to host a Team Camp can contact FAI Development Officer Darren Aherne directly on 086 048 9019.

Please visit or email for further information.


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