The National Dairy Council Football For All Programme
This programme has as its central aim the delivery of football opportunities to people who may not ordinarily get a chance to play the â€˜beautiful gameâ€™. The Football Association was the first Sports Governing Body in Ireland to appoint a National Coordinator with this remit and the programme has been a huge success. Many agencies and groups recognise how football can contribute to the quality of life to so many thousands of Irish people.
The National Dairy Council recently announced an exciting new partnership with the FAI which will bring a renewed focus to the Football For All Programme.
Pictured at the recent launch of the partnership is Jackie Cahill, Chairman of The National Dairy Council, Giovanni Trapattoni, Republic of Ireland Manager, Marco Tardelli, and players involved in FFA.
Jackie Cahill said that the NDC is delighted to be involved in such a worthwhile programme which promotes inclusion and provides all players with the opportunity to become part of a team. The NDC hopes that by lending support to this worthy initiative, more individuals will become involved, furthering the potential for the programme to reach out to those who may benefit, not only from physical exercise but regular social interaction.
FAI CEO John Delaney commenting on the new partnership said we are delighted to have the National Dairy Council as an official partner of our Football For All programme. The NDC very much work within the communities of Ireland and together we can continue to break down barriers to ensure the inclusion of players with disabilities in our football community. The FAI does hope this new partnership with the NDC will be a success in 2012 and look forward to possible future years of partnership.
The FAI now has two full-time Development officers with responsibility for facilitating a clear pathway to cater for players with various disabilities.
The Football for All programme is made up of players from all groups and sporting bodies that cater for people with a disability who want to play football. At the moment we have 3,500 players participating in all of our programmes.
The FAI recognises that some people or communities start from a disadvantaged position and may need assistance from the Association to access all opportunities that exist in football.