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FAI News - Jan 2015
By Paul Byrne
8, Jan 2015 - 07:52

FAI Kickstart 1 Soccer Course

The Football Association of Ireland are holding a Kick Start 1 Coach Education Course in Westport Utd FC Sportsgrounds, Westport on Saturday 28th Feb from 9am to 5.30pm

Participants must attend all modules of the course in order to qualify for certification. This course is designed to, assist beginner coaches, parents, teachers introduce young children (6-9) to fundamental warm up activities, basic activities and fun games in a safe, structured and stimulating environment. Course fee is €45. This course is limited to 24 participants so book early to avoid disappointment.

Kick Start 1 coaches will receive an FAI Kick Start 1 certificate of attendance as part of the National Coaching Development Programme.

To book a place on the course please log on to and book online.Please note all bookings must come through the online booking system.

For more information please contact Paul Byrne 0868579678 or


Hi All,

Please familiarise yourself with the new FAI Child Welfare Policy, it is available for download here:

I encourage you all to print this and implement it in your club.

By now you should also have ensured that all coaches within your club have completed the FAI and Irish Sports Council 3 hour basic awareness workshop. If you need to arrange a Basic Awareness Workshop for your club please contact me and I will arrange a date and tutor for you.

As you are probably aware, any person working or volunteering with children in any capacity on behalf of a club needs to have completed an FAI approved "Basic Awareness" training course. It is the responsibility of the football body concerned to determine the relevant persons within their organisation who this applies to.

As an FAI Child Welfare Tutor for the North West area (trained & approved by the Irish Sports Council), I am prepared to come to your club and deliver the workshop in your own locality. The training course costs €10 per person and the course can be booked through me and I can assist on the setting up of a course.

If I'm not in a position to deliver a course in your area I will arrange another tutor for you through our national Child Welfare officer. A lot of work has been done in this area and training courses are on-going on a weekly basis. Please see the on-line booking system we are using for these courses


1. Contacting to organise a date, time & location.

2. Promote the course locally and with club members.

3. Provide a suitable indoor area to host approximately 20 people sitting comfortably with a tutor and screen.

4. Provide a minimum of 16 participants to attend the course.

5. Provision of tea and coffee is an optional extra.

A Child Welfare Booklet will be provided on the night with all presentation slides and case studies, each participant will also receive their certificate on the night and the course takes 3 hours in total.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind Regards,

Paul Byrne


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