Success for FAI Aviva Soccer Sisters in Limerick
Six clubs participated in total, three from the Limerick County League, (Cappamore Celtic, Murroe FC & Herbertstown AFC) and three clubs from Limerick Desmond League, (Abbeyfeale United, Broadford United and Newcastle West Rovers). The Soccer Sisters Club Programme is aimed at girls aged 7-12 years old.
The programme ran for six weeks with the help of an FAI staff member and two volunteers from the host club. The FAI supported the volunteers with a PDP 1 or PDP 2 as a token for lending their support during the first six weeks and then they will continue the programme for another six weeks without FAI staff present. The host club also received a bag of weighted footballs, cones and bibs to help support the programme. At the end of the programme all registered participants received a special FAI Soccer Sisters t-shirt.
The programme was run on a separate night to the clubs regular training night. The girls received coaching sessions from a different coach than they are used to, learned new skills and participated in small sided games. Clubs are encouraged to continue the Soccer Sisters Club Programme and hopefully transform it into their girls’ academy.
The club programme was timed so that the participants would feed into one of the five available FAI Aviva Soccer Sisters Easter camps around Co. Limerick and then hopefully participate in the FAI Summer Soccer Schools.
There is a FIFA Live Your Goals event also scheduled for May in Co. Limerick, which will be held at Broadford United, one of the venues of the FAI Aviva Soccer Sisters Club Programmes. It is at this event where girls football is celebrated and advertised, all participants and volunteers are encouraged to attend.
Out of the 236 girls who participated in this programme across the six clubs, 41 girls were not members of the host clubs. During this programme the girls made new friends and are now all members of their host clubs.
At the end of March, 90 complimentary tickets for the girls U19 International games in the markets field in Limerick were distributed between the six soccer sisters clubs.
“The FAI Aviva Soccer Sisters Club Programme in Broadford has a great turn out with almost 70 girls from 7-12 years old. There are some new faces of girls who are currently not playing soccer with any clubs. They all really enjoyed it, especially the dry evenings! It re-vitalised our coaches to be coaching older or younger age groups than they are familiar developing themselves as coaches in the process. The programme also revitalised players by having different coaches, a different voice on a different night. It was a great experience for some of our newer and younger coaches. It was good for our club and players to have the support of the FAI and our local FAI development officer Barry McGann to help to run the programme.” – Joan Croke, Broadford United’s PRO and girls coach.
“The FAI Soccer Sisters Club Programme is great, sometimes the girls are a bit intimidated in mixed camps but here they are very comfortable when it’s just girls. FAI Soccer Sisters encouraged new players to try soccer for the first time which was great for Murroe FC. The programme allowed girls to learn new skills and have fun with friends at the same time. The Soccer Sisters coaches learned new practices and games to help enhance their football sessions.” – Sarah Fitzgerald, Murroe FC U12 girls coach
“The Abbeyfeale United FAI Soccer Sisters Club Programme was a great success with the help of our local FAI coaches. The girls had a lot of fun, enjoyment and really loved the atmosphere it generated. Of course they also learned new skills which they took back to their club level soccer.” – Kathleen Broderick, Abbeyfeale United Secretary and girls coach