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Unique blend of Education and Football with LTI

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Unique blend of Education and Football with LTI


Monday, February 22, 2016 




Unique blend of Education and Football with LTI

ETB / FAI Full-time Football Courses Local Training Initiatives

The FAI in partnership with a number of Education and Training Boards throughout the country and supported by the European Social Fund are operating Local Training Initiatives that provide a unique blend of educational and football development for talented young footballers.

The renowned programme enables participants who are interested in developing a potential career in football or the sports and leisure industry an opportunity to enhance both their football development as well as their level of education enhancing their job opportunities.

Former trainees that have participated in the course have benefitted greatly with over 100 players from all eight courses countrywide appearing in their respective first teams at the start of the 2015 season.

A number of students have done particularly well in the recent past with many players progressing to represent Ireland at U18, U19 and U21 level. Recent trainees including Enda Stevens, Kevin Long, Matt Doherty, Ian McLoughlin, Jay O'Shea, Dylan Connolly and Christopher Forrester have gone on to join English clubs while other trainees have taken up football scholarships in the U.S.

Progression Routes

An attractive feature of the programme is the emphasis placed on the educational development of the trainees.

The education programme co-ordinates and delivers this aspect of the programme which consists of theory and practical sessions in the areas of health, fitness, business and computers. Students are prepared for a QQI Level 5 qualification (Leaving Cert equivalent) in Sport, Recreation & Exercise studies and if a certain standard of performance is achieved during this phase students then prepare for the internationally renowned and recognised, ITEC Gym Instructors Diploma. Trainees who meet the required level of points in QQI Level 5 are eligible through the CAO, to apply to the Institutes of Technology countrywide.

A number of trainees have, over the years gone on to attend the Football and Business degree course at Carlow IT.

The qualifications attained on the programme allow students to secure full or part-time employment in fitness and leisure industries, personal training or work as fitness consultants and coaches to teams.

Course Content

The football aspects of the programme are looked after by FAI qualified coaches, all coaches are a minimum of UEFA 'A' qualified. There are a maximum of two hours of football activities per day, which is expert and progressive and the player development programme is supplemented by a fitness programme that would be equivalent to full time training. The course participants will also take part in Kick Start 1 & 2 coaching courses, the first steps on the way to becoming a qualified coach.

Registrations for the 2016/17 courses can be made by contacting course co-ordinators. 

Programme QQI Level Venue Co-ordinator

Contact

Details

Player

Development

LTI

5

Clondalkin,

Dublin

Harry Kenny

harry.kenny@fai.ie

086 0437764

Player

Development

LTI

 5

Cabra,

Dublin

Harry McCue

harry.mccue@fai.ie

086 6097544

Player

Development

LTI

Irishtown,

Dublin

Gerry Davis

gerry.davis@fai.ie

087 2830470

Player

Development

LTI

 5  Limerick Trevor Lovell

trevor.lovell@fai.ie

087 2398718

Player

Development

LTI

 5

Castlebar,

Mayo

Leo Tierney

leo.tierney@fai.ie

087 6816442

Player

Development

LTI

Carrigaline,

Cork

Mick Conroy  086 8030149

Player

Development

LTI

 4

Blarney,

Cork

Ray Claffey

ray.claffey@fai.ie

086 0434515

Coach

Development

LTI

5

Ringmahon,

Cork

Billy Woods

billy.woods@fai.ie

086 6025509

Further information on the individual programme is available on the FAI website.

Registrations will open in May/ June. Some ETB centres are taking names at the moment. Contact the Co-ordinators of the individual courses for the registrations details for the particular centre of interest to you.

The CareersPortal Team