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ETB/FAI Full-time Youth Development Soccer Courses

Local Training Initiatives

The FAI in partnership with a number of Education and Training Boards throughout the country and supported by the European Social Fund are operating Local Training Initiatives that provide a unique blend of educational and football development for talented young footballers.

The renowned programme enables participants who are interested in developing a potential career in football or the sports and leisure industry as well as their level of education enhancing their job opportunities.

Former trainees that have participated in the course have benefitted greatly with over 100 players from all eight courses countrywide appearing in their respective first teams at the start of the 2016 Airtricity League of Ireland season.

A number of students have done particularly well in the recent past with many players progressing to represent Ireland at U18, U19 and U21 level. Recent trainees including Enda Stevens, Kevin Long, Matt Doherty, Ian McLoughlin, Jay O'Shea, Christopher Forrester have gone on to join English clubs while other trainees have taken up football scholarships in the U.S.

An attractive feature of the programme is the emphasis placed on the educational development of the trainees. The education programme co-ordinates and delivers this aspect of the programme which consists of theory and practical sessions in the areas of health, fitness, business and computers.

Students are prepared for a FETAC Level 5 qualification (Leaving Cert equivalent) in Sport, Recreation & Exercise studies and if a certain standard of performance is achieved during this phase students then prepare for the internationally renowned and recognised, ITEC Gym Instructors Diploma.

Trainees who meet the required level of points in FETAC 5 are eligible through CAO to apply to the Institutes of Technology countrywide. A number of trainees have, over the years gone on to attend the Football and Business degree course at Carlow IT.

The qualifications attained on the programme allow students to secure full or part time employment in the fitness and leisure industries, pool lifeguard, personal training or work as fitness consultants and coaches with football teams. The football aspects of the programme are looked after by FAI qualified coaches, all coaches are UEFA 'A' qualified, some with Pro-Licence.

There are a maximum of two hours of football activities per day, which is expert and progressive and the player development programme is supplemented by a fitness programme that is equivalent to full time training.

The course participants will also take part in Kick Start 1 & 2 coaching courses, the first steps on the FAI coaching ladder

Registrations for the 2016/17 courses can be made by contacting FAI course co-ordinators below. Further information is on the FAI website under Take Part/Programmes. Registrations will open in June from Intreo offices (formerly FAS and Social Protection centres)

Programme Type Education Standard Venue Co-ordinator Contact Details
Player Development LTI FETAC Level 5 Clondalkin, Dublin Harry Kenny harry.kenny@fai.ie 086 0437764
Player Development LTI FETAC Level 5 Cabra, Dublin Harry McCue harry.mccue@fai.ie 086 6097544
Player Development LTI FETAC Level 5 Irishtown, Dublin Gerry Davis gerry.davis@fai,ie 087 2830470
Player Development LTI FETAC Level 5 Limerick Trevor Lovell trevor.lovell@fai.ie 087 2398718
Player Development LTI FETAC Level 5 Castlebar, Mayo Leo Tierney leo.tierney@fai.ie 087 6816442
Player Development LTI FETAC Level 5 Carrigaline, Cork Mick Conroy 086 8030149
Player Development LTI FETAC Level 4 Blarney, Cork Ray Claffey ray.claffey@fai.ie 086 0434515
Player Development LTI FETAC Level 5 Ringmahon, Cork Billy Woods billy.woods@fai.ie 086 6025509