Irish FA aims to boost disability football

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Thursday, February 25th, 2016
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The Irish Football Association is developing a new Disability Football Plan so that more young disabled people can enjoy the game.
Irish FA Disability Manager Alan Crooks

Irish FA Disability Manager Alan Crooks

The plan, which will cover the period 2016-2020, aims to provide more strategic support to clubs and organisations involved in disability football or who would like to get involved. Irish FA Disability Manager Alan Crooks, who has been working in this area of development for more than 13 years, explained, “Our new plan supports the Irish FA’s Let Them Play youth football strategy and we are now in the process of mainstreaming disability targets into the work programmes for all Irish FA football development staff. “By doing this we can provide a much more strategic support to special education schools and clubs across Northern Ireland, reaching more young people than ever before.” Alan, who is a pro licence football coach with vast experience at international level, in disability coach education and Football For All, added, “A key target in Let Them Play is the development of inclusive clubs. “Basically this means encouraging clubs who don’t traditionally cater for people with disabilities to get involved and work with clubs who do to enhance the service they provide,” he added. More than 5000 young people are already involved in Irish FA Disability Football Programmes across Northern Ireland and the aim is to double this number over the next 10 years as part of Let Them Play. To get involved in disability football contact Alan at acrooks@irishfa.com or on 07894614324.

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