A club is always about more than the pitches and the teams and the FAI has advanced its recognition of club development with the launch of the FAI Club Mark One Star Award.
Set up in early 2018, the FAI Club Mark has seen over 40 clubs earn the Entry Level award with an additional near 300 clubs in the process of reaching the standard.
Six pilot clubs who previously earned the Entry Level award moved on to the One Star Level, and are now seen as FAI Development Centres.
The first six grassroots clubs to earn the FAI Club Mark One Star Award are Callan United AFC in Kilkenny, Colemanstown United FC in Galway, Midleton FC in Cork, Mulroy Soccer Academy in Donegal, Newlands/Castle Park FC in Dublin and Park Rangers AFC in Waterford.
In order to reach this level each of the participating clubs need to demonstrate their efforts in six key areas
- A high standard of Coach Education
- Good coaching structures
- Player development and coaching pathway
- Achieved the standards set by our Player Development Working Group
- Have an ongoing relationship with an FAI Coaching Mentor
- Have high standards of governance, management, and administration
“We need to provide a framework for clubs to help themselves become stronger. The stronger they become, the stronger the overall game is”, said FAI Head of Grassroots Ger McDermott.
“A lot of the focus is on off-the-field activity – good structures and good governance, and ensuring they are run properly.”
“The FAI Club Mark is the foundation of a growing number of resources being created to support the growth and development of grassroots clubs”, added FAI Club Support Officer Vincent Foley.
“The One Star Player Development Centre is the second step on the Club Mark journey. I would like to thank the pilot clubs for engaging in the pilot process to design this level, their continued engagement, patience and hard work is greatly appreciated.”