FAI Launches Africa Project

A new aspect of the FAI’s Football For All programme was launched yesterday which will see the Association help amputee football players in Tanzania with coaching, equipment and more.

Two members of staff will travel out to Africa this weekend as part of a partnership with the European Amputee Football Federation. They will be working alongside the Tanzanian Paralympics Committee and the ICRC Moveability Foundation.

The FAI will be providing support to the project in a number of different areas including coaching, education, administration and governance and in supplying kit and equipment.

“The FAI’s Football For All Programme is expanding every year,” said John Delaney speaking at the launch.

“This year we have seen the formation of the Irish Amputee Football Association National League.”

“While the game grows from strength to strength at home, we are delighted to help the EAFF grow the game in Africa, and we look forward to seeing the work done in Tanzania.”

Project Leader Simon Baker said the help of the FAI has proven invaluable.

“John Delaney and the FAI have really bought into the project,” added Project Leader Simon Baker.

“Their Logistics Partner DHL have helped us get all of the equipment to Tanzania. The Association are documenting the trip to show how Projects like this can work in the future. It’s been excellent”.

The FAI’s Partner in support of Football for All is Tetrarch Hospitality, operators of a range of hotel properties including Mount Juliet, the Marker Hotel and Citywest.

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