The FAI, Fingal County Council and their community partner the Pavilions Shopping Centre, Swords have come together to highlight a new healthy eating initiative targeting 1,400 young players.

The players, all aged between seven and twelve will take part in a series of indoor futsal competitions across six venues throughout January.

This year the competitions will be accompanied by the distribution of a comprehensive child-friendly healthy eating guide which will be issued to all coaches, parents and players taking part. This has been designed by neutron company Nutrition Wise and will be accompanied by a nutritional talk for all coaches.

“We are looking forward to kicking off the programme with our coaches when we meet on the 7th January and the action itself starts on the 12th January in six different venues,” said FAI and Fingal Football Development Officer Paul Keogh.

“Fingal boasts a number of excellent indoor facilities which has enabled us to grow the programme year-on-year. Pavilions Swords have been very supportive and the angle of nutrition can only aid players performance on and off the court.”

“Fingal County Council sports department are one of the most innovative sports divisions in the country and their continued support has to be mentioned. The nutritional flyer and healthy eating log will hopefully be a great success and if we can help change habits when child obesity is at an all-time high it would a great result.”

“We are excited to partner with the FAI and Fingal County Council for this Futsal programme taking place across our local community,” added Ian Hunter, centre director of the Swords Pavilions.

“It gives kids a fantastic opportunity to express their Futsal skills in a safe environment.”

“The extra dimension this year of a nutritional element takes this programme a step forward giving the players and their coach’s practical advice in this area while ensuring it is delivered within the enjoyment of the game.”