With summer holidays looming for schools across the country, the FAI today launched the 26th edition of the FAI Summer Soccer Schools programme in partnership with title sponsor Intersport Elverys.

Republic of Ireland players Rianna Jarrett and Chiedozie Ogbene were on hand at Abbotstown for the launch of this year’s edition and to meet with some of the children who will be taking part.

The schools cater for boys and girls aged 6 to 14 in a fun and inclusive environment, with training provided by FAI accredited and Garda vetted coaches.

Last year’s programme saw 31,806 participants take part across 383 camps.

“We are delighted to support the FAI on this very important initiative again this Summer and are very excited to work with Rianna again and now Chiedozie to promote the Summer Soccer Schools,” said Anne-Marie Hanly, Senior Marketing Manager for Intersport Elverys.

“We believe both are great role models for football and inspire children to make time for sport in their daily lives.  This sponsorship further emphasises our position at the heart of sport and that sport is at the heart of every community.”

“The Intersport Elverys FAI Summer Schools programme encourages incredible participation up and down the country, getting young boys and girls active and involved in our game,” added Ger McDermott, the FAI’s Grassroots Director.

“We’ve seen so many success stories which have originated from this fantastic programme and it is brilliant to see the schools return once again this summer. ”

Ireland men’s team star Ogbene said: “I’m fortunate enough to be one of the lucky ones able to play professionally and represent Ireland. It’s a dream come true. I’d like to think that I can hopefully inspire other young people to keep sport in their lives as they grow up.”

“I’m excited to work with Intersport Elverys, who play an important role in promoting sport and active lifestyles. I’ll be working with them throughout the year to convey the benefits of sport, as well as having access to the latest products to support me – both on and off the pitch.”
“I’m delighted to be able to continue to support the Intersport Elverys FAI Summer Soccer Schools this year, added Jarrett.

“It is hugely successful, gets children involved in football but crucially, creates a fun, active environment for young girls and boys to enjoy their football.”



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