Football study visit focuses on club and volunteer development

Comber Rec show off their Club Excellence Mark alongside Irish FA staff and visitors from Werder Bremen and Austria Vienna
Comber Rec show off their Club Excellence Mark alongside Irish FA staff and visitors from Werder Bremen and Austria Vienna

The Irish Football Association were delighted to welcome Scort - The Football Club Social Alliance for a study visit focusing on club and volunteer development.

Scort (www.scort.ch/en/​) brought representatives from Werder Bremen and Austria Vienna to share knowledge and experience with those involved with club and volunteer development within the Irish FA.

The trip started out with a visit to the Football for All Family Fanzone at the Northern Ireland v Greece game at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park.

Both clubs highlighted the lack of an equivalent type event for children and communities at their home games.

The group attended the Greece game where they witnessed history being made and the unique atmosphere created by the Green and White Army.

The trip continued with a full day at IFA headquarters at Windsor Avenue where both IFA staff and the Scort representatives put on presentations and had discussions around current and future plans regarding club development and community engagement.

To put these discussions into perspective the group attended a presentation and final club visit at Comber Rec Ladies that evening.

This session provided representatives with first-hand experience of the criteria our clubs must reach to achieve Club Excellence and ultimately how much it means to clubs to reach that level.

The trip finished with a tour of the McDonald’s small sided game centres which link in with the IFA Youth Strategy.

For more information please contact Diarmuid O’Carroll – docarroll@irishfa.com.