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Irish FA to bolster junior clubs

By Stuart McKinley

Published 11/03/2011

The Irish Football Association is undertaking a new initiative that will encompass every club in Northern Ireland outside of the senior game.

The governing body is reaching out to clubs from the top of the Championship, who have ambitions to share a stage with the big boy, right down to the many boys clubs with players as young as five years old dotted around villages across the country.

An Education and Development programme is being undertaken, with the aim of improving administration and the general running of the game at all levels.

A consultation process will begin within the next two weeks, in order to gain input from the various stakeholders at all levels to see what the governing body can do to make the jobs of volunteers who are responsible for running clubs much easier.

IFA Board Member Conrad Kirkwood, who will head the group that will introduce the programme, said: “This is the first time the Irish FA has reached out to volunteers across football who are the lifeblood of so many clubs.

“ The new course will offer them the opportunity to develop the volunteer administrators in their clubs and signpost them to support which is available.”

Anyone interested in attending an initial meeting on Thursday March 24 at the Ballymena Showgrounds can contact Craig Stanfield at the IFA on 02890669458.

Belfast Telegraph

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