More Than A Club links with Trinity Access Programme
Carina O’Brien and Shane Fox were invited to the Trinity Access Programme in Trinity College to speak to students from five different Community Colleges from across Dublin.
The objective of the workshop was to engage students around the meaning of Truth, how to be Youth Leaders and how to promote Social Inclusion and Active Citizenship as well as the many pathways to forge Careers in the Football industry.
They shared a platform with survivors of the Miami Showband Massacre, who are currently highlighting their story ahead of the launch of a Netflix documentary which will available to over 500 million people in March 2019.
Carina and Shane spoke about the various career opportunities in football and the journey they took to get involved in the industry; demonstrating that playing football and becoming a footballer is only one of many ways to work in football. They used the More Than A Club project and their community work with Bohemian FC to showcase how inclusive and adaptable football is when working with many different people.
The More Than A Club pilot project features a cooperation between the FAI and SSE Airtricity League clubs, Bohemian FC and Cork City FC, and is designed to develop community focussed social enterprises aligned with both clubs delivering valuable social programmes centred on health, education and social inclusion. A parallel initiative is also running in Wales featuring two Welsh semi-professional clubs, Conwy Borough FC and Haverfordwest County FC. The pilot project is supported by the Ireland Wales European Territorial Co-Operation programme, which is helping to strengthen collaboration between Ireland and Wales to address common economic and social challenges.
Of particular interest to attendees at the Trinity event was the “Run the Club” Transition Year (TY) programme which Carina and Shane have been running in Luttrelstown Community College in recent months. For many students present in the room, Trinity College is seen as an elusive place but linking in with the TAP programme and events such as this challenges that perception and makes the college more accessible to them.
As a result of this collaboration with the TAP programme, MTAC staff will also be bringing all 48 of the TY students from Luttrellstown Communty College in for a full day workshop next month in Trinity college where they will have an opportunity to use the sports centre facilities and experience campus life. This will demonstrate the link between the Run the Club programme which they are currently engaged in and where exposure to this innovative programme can take them.
Further information on this project can be found at www.morethanaclub.ie