Summer Soccer Schools launched

SummerSoccerSchools.jpg Summer Soccer Schools launched

Records were broken by the Sports FAI Summer Soccer Schools last year with more kids involved than ever before. And this summer promises to be just as popular!
5th May 2017

The fun-filled camps are a fantastic way to introduce children to football and help them develop their skills. It is why Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill remains an ambassador and was on hand at Aviva Stadium today to officially launch this year's programme.

The Sports FAI Summer Soccer Schools is the FAI's largest grassroots programme and one of the most important as it encourages children's involvement in sport, in a fun and friendly environment. Now in its 21st year, the summer camps had over 30,000 children from all around the country taking part last year - which was a new record with an increase of almost 5,000 children on the previous year!

Camps are priced at €65, with discounts available for siblings and multiple camp bookings, and aimed at children aged between 6 and 14 to football. The week-long camps come with a high standard of coaching and care delivered by Garda vetted FAI qualified coaches which is what sets them apart from other sports' summer camps. They begin on July 3 and run right through to August 25 (Monday-Friday 10:30am to 3pm).

Speaking at today's launch, Ireland manager O'Neill said: "It is a great privilege to support these camps, which are superbly run by FAI coaches and allow the children to enjoy the game and make new friends. We are always on the look-out for the next Irish star player, so hopefully the star of the future can develop their skills on these camps while enjoying themselves."

Leonard Brassal, Managing Director of Sports Direct Ireland said: "We have partnered with the FAI to grow awareness and participation of the camps for the last three years and during that time it's been amazing to see the growth.

"Last year the camps smashed through their targets with nearly an additional 5,000 children taking part. For us, as a business, our football category continues to grow in line with the camps as parents see the value and quality we offer across clothing, footwear and accessories. 30,000 kids outside playing sport during the summer time is a big achievement for everyone involved."

All camp participants receive a new fully branded Sports FAI Summer Soccer Schools kit, football, backpack and certificate. All attendees will also receive 20% off all Sports Direct clothing, footwear and accessories in store.

For the last three years, the FAI and SportsDirect have used their partnership to raise funds for Temple Street Children's Hospital as their charity partner. Thousands has already been raised for the charity which will continue throughout 2018.

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