Garda Diversion Project Challenge Match Takes Place
Both groups are part of Garda Diversion Projects and have played football within their ‘Youth Club’ throughout the year. As the groups come to the end of their time within the ‘clubs’ as most turn 18, there was a discussion held around having a challenge match between them. To make it impactful local Gardai also took part in the game as it would be a way to allow them to build a relationship with the young people and allow the young people to see the guards in a more positive light.
In total, 35 teenage boys took part as well as eight members of An Garda Siochana from Ronanstown. The game drew a huge crowd with the mood throughout being nothing but positive. Ronanstown Youth Service put a wonderful spread of food on for the everyone which was greatly appreciated by players and supporters.
As this was the first of its kind the FAI certainly feel it is something we could do annually to end the groups’ Garda Diversion Projects. Seeing the young people engage with the Gardai in a very social environment was brilliant and allowed all involved an opportunity learn about each other.