Killeigh Schoolboys/Girls earn FAI Club Mark
Since its foundation in 1992, the club has grown into one of the largest clubs in the Midlands School Boys/Girls League, but have remained through to their founding ethos of delivering football for all, regardless of ability. This ethos is reinforced by one of the clubs founding members, Frank McEvoy, who still serves as Honorary President and continues to welcome all kids starting out in their footballing journey in the clubs Cubs Academy.
This year Killeigh School Boys/Girls Club fielded 21 teams in competitive and non-competitive games with 342 registered players, ranging in age from 7 to under 18, plus 30 players aged 4, 5 & 6 in their Cubs Academy. Girls soccer is extremely vibrant in the area, with the club heavily involved in the 20x20 campaign and having previously held the very popular Aviva Soccer Sisters Easter Camps. This year the club are proud to say that they have over 120 registered girls within the club, all looking to emulate former player Emily Corbett who recently made her Ireland U17 debut v Iceland. The club looks forward to nurturing and growing the women’s game in the region and to hopefully see more female players fulfil their dreams of representing their country.
The recent growth of the club have also seen the introduction of senior teams for men and women, ensuring that all players can continue to play football in their locality once the outgrow the junior ranks. This has resulted in the club having to purchase and develop a new facility in the locality as the club continues to outgrow its much loved current home.
Like most sporting organisations, the club is run on an entirely voluntary basis a could not be a success without the large support of volunteers, coaches, parents, and the thousands of players that have contributed over our 28 year history. This achievement of the Club Mark is recognition of all their hard work and dedication. The club is also indebted to the kindness and support of local businesses who have always been very supportive of the clubs efforts and continue to support our journey through these difficult times.
The FAI Club Mark is an award for grassroots clubs based on best practice in the governance, management and administration of a football club.
Clubs start their journey at Entry Level and can progress onto the One Star Award. Each step challenges the club to implement policies and procedures in line with best practice.
The FAI Club Mark is free and optional for clubs and aims to:
• Improve the management of clubs ‘off the field’
• Establish and promote best practice
• Empower and support clubs
• Recognise and reward clubs for achieving high standards
• Increase a club’s capacity to operate effectively and grow football in communities throughout Ireland.
If your club is interested in learning more about the FAI Club Mark please complete this short Registration Form