IFA’s Developent Team has fantastic year and hopes to grow in 2015


The Irish FA’s Football Development Team is celebrating a record breaking year in 2014.

The team has had record numbers at their holiday camps, record numbers participating in their Small-Sided Games centres, record numbers participating in girls and women’s football, record numbers of volunteers and clubs involved in the new IFA Club Mark and Volunteer Goldmark programmes and record numbers of children involved in the DENI funded IFA Curriculum Sports Programme.

Irish FA Director of Football Development, Michael Boyd, said: “In total we have driven participation numbers up from around 20,000 a week this time last year to 30,000 a week now.

“This has been achieved through teamwork and a more joined up approach to our development work at all levels. The staff deserve all the praise and we are looking forward to more success in 2015.”

“It was also fitting that our Primary Schools Coaches won the NI Sports Project of the Year and the UK Sport Coach Intervention of the Year 2014. When it comes to social inclusion and impact in the community at grassroots level I am proud to say our staff are world class.”

UEFA Social Responsibility Manager Patrick Gasser praised the Irish FA: “The Irish FA’s commitment to Football For All is fantastic and we have been happy to support their new innovative Veterans Football and Futsal plans in 2014. It has been a record breaking year for the Irish FA and we at UEFA are happy to support this success story.”