FAI Football in the Community Officer – Jamie Wilson

Football Drop-in Sessions

FAI/DCC Football in the Community Officer continues to run football drop-in sessions for girls ages 7+ in the PE Hall, Trinity Comprehensive School throughout the year on Tuesdays from 5pm to 6pm. Approximately 35 girls have attended, averaging 20 girls per week.  Football drop-in sessions for boys ages 7-14 held in the PE Hall, Trinity Comprehensive School throughout the year on Wednesdays from 4pm – 5pm.  Approximately 78 boys have attended, averaging 25 boys per week.  These programmes are funded by Ballymun Regeneration Ltd working in conjunction with the Ballymun youth groups.

Ballymun Late Night Leagues

FAI/DCC Football in the Community Officer in partnership with the Community Gardaí have been running the Late Night League for ages 14 – 21 year olds at the PE Hall, Trinity Comprehensive School. This is held on Friday nights from 9pm to midnight. The programme was run in September/October for 4 weeks.   Each evening there is an average of 30-40 youths participating. Prizes were provided by Young Ballymun to promote their Mental Health Week.

City-Wide Late Night Leagues

FAI/DCC Football in the Community Officer in partnership with the Community Gardaí have been running the Late Night League for ages 14 – 21 year olds at the PE Hall, Trinity Comprehensive School. This is held on Friday nights from 9pm to midnight. The programme was run in November for 4 weeks Each evening there is an average of 30-40 youths participating. Winners will go on to participate in the City-Wide Champions Finals and the most sporting team participated in the Most Sporting Finals to be held in Sacred Heart, Tallaght on Thursday 9th December 2010.

Halloween Soccer Camp

In partnership with the Community Gardaí and Ballymun Regeneration Ltd, a Halloween soccer camp was held at The RECO sports facilities for boys and girls ages 7-14. Forty kids were registered and participated in soccer coaching session and mini-games. This took place on Tuesday 26th Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th October 2010. A large number of coaches were involved on a voluntary basis (all were kickstart 1 minimum qualified). Youth agencies in the area were informed and asked to send kids to the camp.  The cost for each child was free and each was given a ball at the end of the camp.

Coach Education

A kickstart 1 coaching course was held at Trinity Comprehensive School on Saturday 4th September. 32 local coaches participated in this course and it was a great day with great weather.

After School Girls Football Coaching Sessions

In conjunction with Margaret Aylward Community College, the FAI/DCC Football in the Community Officer sets up coaching sessions for under 15 girls to encourage and introduce them to football. The majority of girls are from the Ballymun area and will not attend community programmes. Approx. 15-20 girls have attended.

Schools Blitzes

In conjunction with the Samaritans, the FAI/DCC Football in the Community Officer ran a Primary School blitz on Wednesday 8th September and a secondary school blitz on Thursday 9th September. The Samaritans approached the FAI for assistance to promote their promotion week “Life is Worth Talking About” week. The blitzes were held at Poppintree Sports Centre with 6 teams entering for each primary and secondary boys blitzes. Unfortunately there was no girls blitz held as there were large pull-outs in the days leading up to the blitz.

Intercultural Programmes

From 11th to 22nd October in conjunction with UEFA Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) weeks the FAI/DCC Football in the Community Officers attended the Virgin Mary 5th and 6th class boys and girls school to carry out presentations on Sports Against Racism and run a football session. Major promotion was done for the ongoing drop-in sessions and the Halloween Camp. Over 60 boys and girls participated in this programme.

FAI Schools Futsal Competitions (Ballymun/Finglas)

The FAI Football in the Community Officers Jamie Wilson and Paul Whelan organised the following:

Secondary School Girls (1st Years) competition was held at St Micheal’s Secondary School Finglas with 7 teams entered and playing for a spot in the All-Dublin finals in November.  Secondary School Boys (1st Years) competition was held at Beneavin College, Finglas with 7 teams entered and playing for a spot in the All-Dublin finals in November.

Plans for Quarter 1 2011

Football Drop-in Session

This programme will be ongoing and hopefully will carry on developing and continue to grow for both boys and girls sessions.

Coach education

A kickstart 1 course has been planned to run at Trinity Comprehensive School in conjunction with the Ballymun Activities Group. This will be held on Tuesday 1st Feb 2011.

Strength, conditioning and small-sided games workshops will be held during quarter 1, dates to be confirmed.

City Wide Late Night League

Another city wide league will be held in Feb/March 2011 in partnership with the Community Gardaí. This is aimed at 13-21 year olds on Friday nights at 9pm to midnight.

After School Girls Football Coaching Sessions

In conjunction with Margaret Aylward Community College, the FAI/DCC Football in the Community Officer will carry on providing coaching sessions for under 15 girls to encourage and introduce them to football.

Ballymun Area Street League

The FAI/DCC Football in the Community Officer in partnership with the Community Gardaí and Ballymun Regeneration Ltd will be running a Street League in which different areas in Ballymun will be competing in this pilot league. More details will follow in the next report.

Contact: Jamie Wilson – 086 0472135