FAI link with CRC on PDP1 Coaching Courses

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FAI link with CRC on PDP1 Coaching Courses

Stella Maris FC is known as the home of some of Ireland's most famous international players, but the club's Dublin Port Stadium is now helping youngsters begin their coaching journey.
26th Feb 2020

Service users from Dublin's Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) visit the North Dublin venue every week, as they take part in the PDP1 Course, the first step on the coaching ladder in Ireland.

FAI Development Officer Tommy Carberry organises the course, with the help of Dublin City Sport and Wellbeing Partnership.

"I've been working with a group from the CRC on a Football For All programme for the last 18 months", Carberry told FAI TV.

"We came up with the idea of having a PDP1 course. Your normal PDP1 is run on a one-day basis for eight hours. We're doing this course over five days. Each day we're doing a little bit in the classroom, and then some time on the pitch."

"For our footballers, the FAI is everything, from Ireland matches through to League football", the CRC's Ian O'Callaghan revealed.

"For our guys to step onto the pitch, play football and get exercise, but to get accredited with the PDP1 is a massive achievement for them."

"We wanted to get the guys to the next level", John Sweeney from Dublin City Sport and Wellbeing Partnership told FAI TV.

"This gives them an opportunity now to get to an accreditation, so they can deliver their skills and now coach other people aswell through the PDP1."

Martin Browne is one of almost 20 participants on the course. He told FAI TV that it has been very worthwhile.

"The best part is learning new stuff that I didn't know and didn't try. I'm getting to learn new stuff that I want to accomplish."

Under the tutelage of Carberry, the PDP1 Graduations will take place in the Spring, with the CRC service users beginning their coaching journey.