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IFA would be on to a sure thing if they could build a new training complex at Shaw's Bridge

Gareth McAuley


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The Northern Ireland team train at Windsor Park.

The Northern Ireland team train at Windsor Park.

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The Northern Ireland team train at Windsor Park.

For the last seven days, as a residential student at an Irish FA run coaching course in south Belfast, I've been heavily immersed in a packed programme to obtain my A Licence.

It's been an intense week of workshops, presentations, practical displays on the pitch and information overload as I, along with my fellow classmates, start a year long process to achieve the coaching qualification which I require to hopefully further my career in the game.

The Irish FA base their course at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Shaw's Bridge and then we use the pitches at The Dub for the practical demonstrations.