Giovanni Trapattoni launches FAI/Fingal County Council in conjunction with Swords Pavilions grassroots initiative – “The Road to Poland”February 20, 2012 ADMIN 0
Abbotstown, FAI headquarters saw Giovanni giving the thumbs up to a community partnership between the FAI/Fingal County Council and Swords Pavilions. This grassroots initiative has been a fantastic success to date with 3 afterschool coaching programmes set up in Balbriggan, 4 more planned for Swords and a unique “Road to Poland” 4v4 Tournament play competition.
One lucky winner from this competition will be a mascot in the Aviva stadium for the last home friendly, Republic of Ireland v Bosnia, on May 26th before the team sets off for Poland and EURO 2012. Under the guidance of FAI/Fingal County Council development officers Paul Keogh and Michael Pender the partnership with Swords Pavilions has meant close to 500+ boys and girls in primary school will have EURO 2012 brought a little closer to them.
Commenting on the initiative, FAI Head of Grassroots Liam McGroarty said “With UEFA EURO 2012 on the horizon the FAI are delighted to announce this as one of many grassroots initiatives aimed at growing participation in the game. Football plays an important role in many people’s lives and hopefully this will bring this summer’s event closer to the hundreds of boys and girls that will no doubt be taking part in this initiative. We are delighted Swords Pavilions have come on board as a community partner and we look forward to the excitement of Poland and the build up through programmes such as these.”
“We are delighted to be a FAI Community Partner supporting their grassroots skills programme. Both the After Schools Skills programme and Road to Poland 4v4 Skills programme are great initiatives that provide an opportunity for kids to get involved in sport and learn new skills. We see this partnership as a key element of our involvement in our local community’ said Ian Hunter Centre Director at Swords Pavilions
Marion Brown, Principal Sports Development Officer, Fingal County Council, “Fingal County Council’s Sports Office and the FAI have a fantastic relationship and this programme is another example of how both organisations working together, are affecting young people in a positive way at grassroots level by involving them in a game that encourages fun, participation and physical activity.”
For further details and a list of schools and venues involved please contact either Paul Keogh 086-0444435 or Michael Pender 087-1273258.