An Post FAI Summer Soccer Schools


Kevin Doyle launches 2010 An Post FAI Summer Soccer Schools

Republic of Ireland and Wolves striker, Kevin Doyle, today launched the 2010 An Post FAI Summer Soccer Schools. The 5 day camps will see up to 20,000 children from all over Ireland participating at over 270 venues nationwide.

The An Post FAI Summer Soccer Schools offer children from the ages of 6 to 14 a fun and healthy summer activity.  They camps provide value for money and are focused on participation rather than competition.  Running from the 5th of July to the 28th of August, each week-long (Monday to Friday, 10.30am to 3.00pm) school is run under the direction of the FAI Technical Director Packie Bonner, and delivered by FAI-qualified coaches, all Garda-vetted in a safe and professional environment. 

Republic of Ireland striker Kevin Doyle said, “The summer camps are a great way to learn the basic skills of football.  Spending five days with trained coaches will help to improve things like passing, ball control,  using two feet and tackling while also having great fun and making new friends. I can’t think of a better way to spend the summer holidays.”  

Barney Whelan, An Post Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs, said, “The An Post sponsorship portfolio which includes cycling, education initiatives and a literacy awareness campaign has been built to help people fulfill their potential.  The An Post FAI Summer Soccer School does just this, the programme is really well put together, really well managed and delivers results each year.”

Packie Bonner, Technical Director of the Football Association of Ireland, said, “Our Summer soccer schools are a great way of getting children out of the house and into the fresh air to enjoy themselves. The camps give girls and boys the perfect opportunity to either try it out for the first time or to hone skills that have already been developed.”

He added, “I would like to welcome An Post on board as sponsor of this year's Summer Soccer Schools. Like the FAI, An Post are present in communities all over the country and we look forward to working with them to increase participation among young people”
2010 will see the roll out of 28 Goalkeeper Camps across the country.  Goalkeeper Camps are a great introduction to the game for new goalkeepers and a fantastic tool for improving the skills of existing goalkeepers.
For the fourth year in a row, a number of the schools will be run exclusively through the Irish language.  Camps As Gaeilge will take place in Counties Donegal, Galway and Kerry.  There will also be six “Football For All” camps run in cooperation with Down Syndrome Ireland and St Joseph’s School for Deaf Children.

Due to the camps’ increasing popularity, interested participants are being encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment.  Bookings can be made through the dedicated An Post FAI Summer Soccer Schools website (new window) or by calling 1890 653 653.  Participants can also book by post, using the application form which is available from all host clubs/venues.