By David O’Connor
THE FAI are set to embark on a football for all drive in Galway city, according to the Association’s newly appointed youth development officer.
Emer Flatley told Galway Pulse that she intends to start initiatives that focus on inclusivity.
“There has been such a long period of inactivity that it’s essential opportunities are available for everyone and my job is to make sure that that happens,” said Flatley.
Flatley is planning to liaise with clubs, schools and others involved in football, while also running programmes directed at increasing engagement among disadvantaged groups.
“For some who have never played football before, it will be an opportunity to try a new sport with friends,” she said.
The FAI created a variety of online content to help kids and players connect with football during the lock- downs. Home skill video sessions advised players on how to practice at home, while the Spar FAI Skillzone worked alongside teachers to bring football fun to subjects such as English, Irish and Maths.
Flatley highlighted the importance of recreation and inclusion for young people who experienced a shortage of leisure resources over the past year.
“After the effects of the Covid-19 lockdown, I feel like it’s an important time to engage with all members in the community and to provide opportunities to get out there and get active again,” she added.
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