Houghton and St Ledger present Football For All caps

Houghton and St Ledger present Football For All caps

The Football Association of Ireland has awarded international caps to 115 players from 10 international Football for All squads who competed during 2011. Over 500 international caps have been awarded to Football for All international teams since 2006.
14th Dec 2012

The Football Association of Ireland has awarded international caps to 115 players from 10 international Football for All squads who competed during 2011. Over 500 international caps have been awarded to Football for All international teams since 2006.

The men and women who earned these caps had them presented by Sean St Ledger and Ray Houghton in
Dublin's City hall in a ceremony attended by Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin, Clare Byrne, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring, FAI President, Paddy Mc Caul and FAI Chief Executive, John Delaney as well as representatives of the various organisations who worked with the FAI's Football For All programme.

This year's caps included those awarded to the first ever Irish Powerchair team to compete in a FIPFA World Cup as well as the three Special Olympics squads who earned medals in Athens.

The FAI has been operating Football for All programmes for ten years and was the first National Sports Governing body to do so. The programmes have been very successful and today involve over 3,500 players across all programmes nationally.

The Football for All programme has been supported since 2012 by the National Dairy Council and involves close cooperation with disability sports governing bodies and disability organisations across all of Ireland.  Local authorities, including Dublin City Council, are also heavily involved through co-funded development officers who work for the FAI.

The last year has been full of important developments for the FAI's Football for All programme, including the establishment of the Irish Amputee Football Association, the establishment of the Association of Irish Powerchair Football, a first National Football For All festival involving clubs in Tallaght stadium, the setting up of Football for All programmes at community clubs in 20 locations nationwide and the introduction of a descriptive commentary service for visually impaired fans attending international matches.

Republic of Ireland international, Sean St Ledger, who was attending the event for the first time, said:

"I am really happy to be here this evening to help present these international caps. Representing your country is a real honour and the men and women who have played on the FAI's Football for All international teams should be proud of their achievements.  I'd like to congratulate everyone involved in the programme for their work in ensuring that everyone has access to the sport."

To view photos of those who received their caps please click here