The role of the Education & Training Boards in our Player Development courses

ETBs are statutory education authorities which have responsibility for education and training, youth work and a range of other statutory functions. ETBs manage and operate second-level schools, further education colleges, pilot community national schools and a range of adult and further education centres delivering education and training programmes. The FAI has cooperated with a number of ETB Training centres around the country to deliver the renowned Player Development and Sports Development and Coaching training courses. The FAI-ETB Player Development training courses are funded via the ETBs and are part supported by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning.

Our current ETB partners include: Dublin & Dun Laoghaire ETB, Cork ETB, Limerick & Clare ETB, Mayo, Sligo & Leitrim ETB, Wexford & Waterford ETB and Louth Meath ETB . 
These courses have produced over a hundred top class professional players for the League of Ireland in recent years as well as providing a solid foundation for hundreds of other people to enter employment in the sport & leisure industry or progress to sports degree courses at Institutes of Technology at various locations nationwide.

Dublin & Dun Laoghaire ETB training centres


The Baldoyle, Loughlinstown and Tallaght Training Centres form part of the Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board (DDLETB) which serves the three County areas of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal and South Dublin.

The Training Centres offer a wide range of day and night courses for unemployed clients across a number of locations in the DDLETB area. Courses are not only delivered in the Training Centres but are also delivered in local areas making it easier for people to access training. 

As an example, the courses provided in cooperation with the Football Association of Ireland are delivered in centres with state of the art facilities conducive to a great football training and education experience. 

These football courses are located in Cabra, Clondalkin, Irishtown and Tallaght. The course in Cabra is delivered in cooperation with the Baldoyle training centre while the course in Irishtown, Clondalkin and Tallaght are delivered in cooperation with the Loughlinstown and Tallaght training centres. 

The Cabra, Irishtown and Clondalkin venues are Player Development Courses while the Tallaght Venue is a Coach Development Course. For more information on these training centres.

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The Irishtown Stadium facility in Dublin which hosts one of the three Dublin based FAI-ETB Player Development courses


John Paul Park, Cabra which hosts the FAI-ETB Player Development course


The Cork Training Centre in Bishopstown, Cork is under the remit of Cork Education and Training Board (CETB) which is funded by Solas to provide further education and training to meet the needs of the local economy.

The Cork training centre works with the FAI to deliver the Player Development training courses in Blarney (QQI Level 4) and Carrigaline (QQI Level 5) . For more on courses provided by the Cork training centre.

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The Mayo Sligo & Leitrim ETB cooperates with the FAI to deliver a Player Development training course at Milebush Park, Castlebar. 

The course has produced many top class players most notably Daryl Horgan who made his full Republic of Ireland senior debut against Iceland at the Aviva stadium in March 2017.

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Milebush Park, Castlebar, Mayo which hosts the FAI-ETB Player Development course.


The Limerick & Clare ETB

The Player Development course in Limerick is delivered with the cooperation of the Limerick Training centre in Raheen, Limerick. The course is based at the LCETB Further Education and Training Centre, KiIlmallock Rd, Limerick.


For more information on other courses delivered by the Limerick training centre.


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 The FAI-ETB Player Development course in Dundalk is funded by the Louth & Meath Education & Training Board and is situated at the magnificent facilities of DKIT Sport (Dundalk Institute of Technology).

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The FAI-ETB Player Development Course in Waterford is supported by the Waterford & Wexford Education & Training Board and enjoys the use of the fantastic facilities at the Waterford I. T. Arena.


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