Graduate Cotter earns move to Ipswich Town
Barry Cotter (pictured above) from Ennis came to the FAI ETB Player Development Course as a 16-year-old. Having left mainstream education at Junior Certificate level, Barry took part in initial trials and assessments in June 2015 and completed the course in July 2016. During his time with the programme, Barry achieved a QQI Level 5 in Sports and Recreation and continued his development on the training pitch. He was signed on a professional contract with Limerick FC and was part of the team that reached the 2017 FAI Cup semi-final.
Cotter's eye-catching displays in defence for the Shannonsiders alerted clubs in England and following a trial period in January 2018, he signed for Ipswich Town FC under the management of former Irish international captain Mick McCarthy. Barry joins former trainees to have signed professional contracts; Jason Hughes formerly of Limerick FC, Gary Shanahan of Galway United, Glasgow’s Savannah McCarthy and recently Joel Coustrain of Shamrock Rovers.
The FAI Player Development Course in Limerick, formerly FAI/FAS, is helmed by Trevor Lovell and had been running out of the Kilmallock Road Education Centre, formerly St Enda’s Community School, for the last nine years. A full-time 40-week programme, its target market is young men and women from across the region who wish to complete a QQI Level 5 in Sport and Recreation while training as footballers under the eye of UEFA A Licence coaches. The course is supported by Limerick Regeneration and has some of the highest progression stats in the Midwest region, graduates moving on to further education and full time employment.