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Coach ‘Festival’ set for AUL Complex kick-off

THE INAUGURAL 'FAI Coach Education Amateur Coaching Festival' will take place at the Athletic Union League (AUL) Complex, from Thursday, 7th July to Sunday, 10th July 2011.

The Festival is aimed at all levels of performance and will also include workshops on Club Development. There will be two days of Coaching, Volunteer & Club Development Workshops (7th & 8th July), culminating in an 'FAI Senior Intro Coach Education Course' on the following two days .

The 'Senior Intro' course is aimed at coaches/ managers who coach adult players, and will assist them to prepare, plan and implement functional practices and conditioned games for the 11 aside game. The workshops will include a wide variety of topics, such as pre-season fitness, diet, set pieces, attacking, defending, match analysis, laws of the game and club development. Presenters will include Wim Koevermans (FAI High Performance Director), Niall Harrison (Ireland U15 Manager), Gerry Smith (Ireland Junior International Manager) and Paul Doolin (Ireland U19 Manager).


Must Intro contact CDO to reserve place; €25 Wednesday 15th June / Skerries Town FC / 7-10pm / contact FAI FCC CDO Paul Keogh 0860444435 paul.keogh@fai.ie STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COURSE Must Intro contact CDO to reserve place; €25 Wednesday 22nd June / 7-10pm / Balbriggan FC / contact FAI FCC CDO Paul Keogh 0860444435 paul.keogh@fai.ie


Thursday 7th Friday 8th workhops / Friday 8th Saturday 9th Sunday 10th Senior Intro / workshops + Senior intro = €80 (club rates available min 5 coaches) / contact senior.workshops@fai.ie to get application form. PLACES LIMITED

Irish official looks ahead to UEFA U21 Championship finals

THE 2011 UEFA U21 European finals ic currently taking place in Denmark. It kicked off on Saturday with the hosts facing Switzerland. While the eight team finals will not feature the Irish U21 team, the Republic of Ireland are represented at the tournament by Mayo secondary school teacher at Scoil Mhuire agús Padraig, Damien McGraith who will act as an assistant referee for the tournament. McGraith who is an Airtricity League official has risen to prominence since his graduation from the FAI's Referee School of Excellence in 2005 and has officiated at a number of high profile appointments including the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and most recently in the EURO 2012 qualifiers where McGraith was part of the Irish delegation who took charge of the Group F clash between Latvia and Israel in Riga earlier this month.

McGraith made his first appearance at the U21 finals yesterday in the clash between the Czech Republic and Ukraine while he is in action again tomorrow when Switzerland take on Iceland with more appointments being made during the tournament. Speaking ahead of the tournament in Denmark, McGraith said, “This is a huge appointment for myself and everybody involved in referring in Ireland.

It is a massive honour to be even considered to officiate at a tournament of this standing.” Speaking about the future of Irish referees and officials within the game, McGraith said, “Over the last number of years, Irish officials have been steadily gaining more recognition from UEFA with some impressive appointments at some of the top games in Europe. Our next aim as officials is to get to the EURO 2012 finals in Poland/Ukraine with Alan Kelly as referee. The standard of refereeing throughout Europe is so high but with plenty of work, there is no reason why we can't achieve an appointment like that.

The FAI’s Referee School of Excellence has played a huge part in the development of Irish officials over the past number of years and the benefits of the programme is there for us all to see. While I am delighted to be here at the UEFA U21 Championships, I think this appointment is a huge step for Irish refereeing in general and I am sure that we can build on this to ensure that Irish officials will play a big part in European football for many years to come,” he added.

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