Football for All News update

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Hi All:

Hope all is well & you are building up your ‘Football for All’ teams & more importantly enjoying the concept etc.

Just a brief update:

DDSL/FAI Workshop/Coaching Course:

As you are aware, we held a ‘Workshop’ in Abbotstown on Saturday 11th January 2020. It was organised by Chris McElligott & Gerry Reardon from the FAI & took place both inside & outside & despite the weather, there was a good turnout & it was a great success.

We had a number of excellent speakers who gave great insight on how we should progress etc. We thank Councillor Emma Murphy from the Down Syndrome Centre; Mary Larklin from Knocklion Special Olympics who spoke on ‘Autism’ & another great update from Ricky Treacy (Manager Senior Squad Cerebral Palsy Football Academy)

Great feedback from the coaches/clubs who attended & Emma Murphy has advised that if any clubs need someone to call to their club to speak with coaches/managers/parents, she will be more than happy to attend or ensure someone from the Down Syndrome Centre will attend. So please contact me if this would suit the club. After is a learning process for us all!

DDSL/FAI Mixed Mini World Cup Tournament:

We organised a 2nd Mixed Mini World Cup Tournament in the Postal Club on the 1st February. Again we had 16 mixed teams playing with 80 players from ‘Football for All’ & 80 players from ‘Mainstream’ teams.

The organisation by Tallaght Chairman Alan Merriman & Fixture Sec Laura Ratcliffe couldn’t have gone any better. They did a fantastic job with the pitches...the clubhouse/food etc. Thank you to all their Volunteers who gave up their Saturday to ensure a great day for the players.

Thanks also for the help & assistance from FAI Personal.........Coach Robbie De Courcey; Grassroots Development Manger Gerry Riordan; FAI Football Development Officer Chris McElligott & DDSL Chairman Paddy Dempsey & SSG DDSL Peter Fullerton.

Medals & Cup were presented to all players by previous Minister Katherine Zappone & FF TD John Lahart. We thank them for taking the time out of their busy schedule to attend.

Many photos appear on ; FAI; Tallaght Town ; & Knocklyon United. I am sure there are many other photos on all the clubs Web Sites & all you can see are happy faces. The ‘Mainstream’ players from all the clubs were also a credit to themselves & their clubs in how they played & helped the other players. I can assure you there were many very competitive games with some hard tackles but that’s what makes it ‘Inclusive’ !

Future Plans:

We are now planning to organise another 3 ‘Mixed Mini World Cup Tournaments’ before the end of June.

We have been in contact with Portlaoise who are very eager to get involved & we will be meeting with them next week to discuss the next ‘Mixed Mini World Cup Tournament’ in either April or Portlaoise. TBC.

We also hope to schedule a Tournament in the FAI H/O Abbotstown. We will be speaking with the DDSL/FAI & hope to finalise a date sometime in May.

The 3rd Mixed Mini World Cup Tournament will take place in Knocklyon United on Sat 20th June in Ballycullen...similar to the first Tournament held last year in July.

Lourdes Celtic will now hold their Tournament at the end of Aug/early Sept. TBC

Proposed League:

As you are aware, we were hoping to begin a ‘Provisional League’ at the end of March but from speaking to a number of the newer clubs, they are only starting & building up their ‘Football for All’ players/teams. Their coaches are still going through the training process etc. It makes more sense to allow these clubs to build & have a strong set-up from the beginning.

Therefore it makes more sense to concentrate on having 4 ‘Mixed Mini World Cup Tournaments ‘where all the players will be looking forward to them..... talking about them...bringing their medals into school etc. This will encourage more players to participate. Again there will be plenty of publicity around these Tournaments as can be seen from the last Tournament held in the Postal Club on the 1st Feb 2020.

We will target the ‘Formal League’ to begin in Sept 2020.

In the meantime....we will be in contact with clubs to arrange ‘Friendlies’ etc...when they are ready.


***We are also hoping to meet with the head of Down Syndrome Ire & Autism Ireland where we will be encouraging them to contact & advise all their parents/children of our ongoing developments. In this way we hope to encourage a lot more players to be interested in playing soccer. When we receive the names & location of these players , we can advise them where & who their local ‘ Football for All’ club is.

***Mary Larkin...who is on the’ Football for All’ committee & Gerry Riordan FAI are working on a’Rule Booklet’ which will be similar to the DDSL but also incorporating important issues & guidelines for players from ‘Football for All’. This will require more information on forms to be completed by parents/guardians etc.

***In the meantime, can you update me on how you are getting on attracting new players for ‘Football for All’ & if you would like Down Syndrome Centre to arrange an official to call to your clubs.

I await your replies.

If you need anything, just let me know.

Kind Regards,

Mick Kennedy

Football for All


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13/02/2020 22:28