The FAI has added Maldron Hotels to its portfolio of partners with the 14 strong chain of hotels named on Friday as the official partner of soccer’s Emerging Talent programme.
The initial deal will be for three years and will include the funding of coaching programmes, training of young players and kit.
The Emerging Talent Programme is the entry point to the FAI’s Elite Player Pathway and brings the best players from 32 schoolboy leagues together for specialised sessions.
With 12 regional centres of excellence around the country, the Programme offers weekly training, detailed coaching and developmental support to players as they start out on their journey along the Elite Player Pathway.
Graduates of the programme have gone on to forge successful careers in the game with 11 players earning caps for the Republic of Ireland men’s senior team.
19 players in the U17 squad currently competing at the UEFA European Championships came through the programme.
“The Emerging Talent Programme has proved to be hugely successful for the development of elite players, so it is fantastic to have the backing of Maldron Hotels for such a worthwhile initiative,” said FAI CEO John Delaney.
“When you consider that over 350 players who have been involved with the Emerging Talent Programme have been capped at underage level for the Republic of Ireland, it shows just how pivotal the programme is in nurturing the stars of tomorrow.”
“We look forward to working closely with Maldron Hotels over the coming years to promote Irish football all around the country and, hopefully, celebrate the emergence of the next Robbie Brady.”
“Maldron Hotels is delighted to sponsor this hugely successful programme for the next three years,” added Maldron Hotels CEO Stephen McNally.
“Young talent needs structure and opportunity to excel and this programme benefits young people from communities all over Ireland, providing wonderful experiences and opportunities to grow and develop their talents.”
Maldron Hotels join Tetrarch Hospitality on the Sponsorship list of the FAI. Tetrarch, a partner of Sport for Business support the Football For All programme and include Citywest, Kilashhee, the Marker and Mount Juliet Hotels in their portfolio.
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