The FAI has been through a tough month since St Patrick’s weekend but the work of Football’s governing body has continued throughout.
Mick McCarthy was in town yesterday and available to media for the first time since John Delaney’s and his FAI colleague’s appearance in front of the Oireachtas Committee.
He was looking forward not back and referencing with a wry smile that the only impact on his working operation would be if he was told there was no money to pay for the training camp in Portugal planned for next month ahead of the Euro 2020 qualifier in Denmark.
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McCarthy and Irish Women’s Senior Team manager Colin Bell were here to promote the launch of the 2019 Sports Direct FAI Summer Soccer Schools.
The camps are approaching their 25th anniversary and provide the opportunity to introduce children to football and help them to develop their skills in a fun environment.
Since Sports Direct came on board as a partner the camps have gone from strength to strength. 36,000 children took part in over 400 camps in 2018. Advance bookings and the surge in interest for the Aviva Soccer Sisters Schools suggest that this year promises to be bigger again on all fronts.
Each participant will receive a Sports Direct FAI Summer Soccer School kit, football, backpack and certificate, plus a 20 per cent discount in Sports Direct stores when you book your place online.
The camps, which are priced at €70, with discounts available for siblings and multiple camp bookings, are aimed at boys and girls between the ages of 6 to 14.
Each one lasts for a week and will take place across the country starting after the school holidays begin on July 1st.
“We are proud to partner again with the FAI Summer Soccer Schools for the fifth year in a row,” said Leonard Brassel, Managing Director of Sports Direct Ireland.
“It has been an amazing journey to see the growth of the Soccer Schools throughout the country and be part of the commitment to grassroots football.”
“For us as a business, our football category continues to grow in Ireland offering big brands, quality and value across clothing, footwear and accessories.”
Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy hopes to see the children enjoy the camps throughout the summer.
“They will get structured coaching and will be well looked after and safe,” added McCarthy.
“It’s the first start in a pathway, and some of the children playing in the Sports Direct FAI Summer Soccer Schools this summer could end up playing for Ireland in years to come”.