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 (formerly FAS centres) around the country for over twelve years to deliver the renowned Player Development 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 2014-2020.

Our current ETB partners include: Dublin & Dun Laoghaire ETB, Cork ETB, Limerick & Clare ETB, Mayo, Sligo & Leitrim ETB and the Wexford & Waterford ETB. We are currently in discussion with a number of other ETBs with a view to expanding the programme. 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 centres are located in Cabra, Clondalkin, Irishtown and Lucan. The course in Cabra is delivered in cooperation with the Baldoyle training centre while the course in Irishtown, Clondalkin and Lucan are delivered in cooperation with the Loughlinstown and Tallaght training centres. For more information on these training centres, see


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, Carrigaline and Mahon. For more on courses provided by the Cork training centre, see


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.

Further information


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


FAI-ETB Players with Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane following presentation of awards in 2016


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, see


Limerick FAI-ETB Player Development course Coordinator, Trevor Lovell with students.

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).

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.