IFA soccer schools

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Northern Ireland manager, Michael O’Neill recently launched the 2012 IFA Nutty Krust Summer Soccer Schools which will take place in Derry and Strabane next month.

The five day schools will kick-off at Holy Cross College, Strabane from July 2nd to July 6th and at Templemore Sports Complex on July 23rd to July 27th before concluding at St. Columb’s Park from July 30th to August 3rd.

In addition there will be a two day goalkeepers only camp taking place at Old Clondermot School on Monday, July 9th and Tuesday, July 10th. All of the summer soccer schools are staffed by fully qualified IFA staff coaches and rin from 10 a.m. till 1 p.m. each day.

N. Ireland boss, O’Neill stressed the importance of the summer schools in the development of local talent in the region. “We are always looking to develop the stars of the future, and there is no better way to get started than at an IFA Summer Soccer School,” he said.

“Our Soccer Schools are specifically designed to get the best out of all players through age appropriate, developmental, fun coaching practices”

Local Grassroots Football Development Officer for Derry and Strabane, Kevin Doherty, is hopeful of another successful camp.

“These IFA Soccer Schools have been extremely popular in recent years,” said Doherty. “Boys and girls from all over the North-West who attended have been able to learn new skills, meet new friends and receive a new football and Nutty Krust goodie bag. I look forward to having another successful summer programme where all the children attending have been given a sound introduction to the beautiful game”

For more details and how to book a place, visit www.irishfasoccerschools.com

Information forms will also be available at local leisure centres.

Girls Only Soccer Schools

In addition to the Nutty Krust Summer Soccer Schools where boys and girls are welcome, the Irish FA have also launched some girls only coaching sessions at venues across the North West.

Coaching sessions take place at Holy Cross College, Strabane on Monday, July 9th and Tuesday, July 10th; St Mary’s College, Northland Road on Monday, August 6th and Tuesday, August 7th and St. Columb’s Park on Wednesday, August 8th and Thursday, August 9th.

The coaching sessions operate from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. each day and are conducted by IFA staff coaches also. For further details and to book a place, contact Rosie McColgan on rosemariemccolgan@yahoo.ie