20 October 2008
Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni, FAI Chief Executive Officer, John Delaney, and FAI Technical Director, Packie Bonner visited the University of Limerick to help launch a number of third level football initiatives including, the Umbro Colleges and Universities Football League (CUFL), six new third level facilitators, a new third level website (www.thirdlevelfootball.ie) and nine third level scholarships for women.
PRESS RELEASE-FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION OF IRELAND
Back Row (left to right): Greg Yelverton (UCC), John O'Carroll (DIT), Barbara O'Connell (Colaiste Stiofain Naofa/ Cork IT), Barry Prenderville (NUI Maynooth). Front Row: Maz Sweeney (Athlone IT), John Delaney, Giovanni Trapattoni and Stephen Griffin (UL)
Giovanni Trapattoni helps to launch third level initiatives
Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni, FAI Chief Executive Officer, John Delaney, and FAI Technical Director, Packie Bonner visited the University of Limerick on Thursday 16th October to help launch a number of third level football initiatives including, the Umbro Colleges and Universities Football League (CUFL), six new third level facilitators, a new third level website (www.thirdlevelfootball.ie) and nine third level scholarships for women.
TheUmbro Colleges and Universities League was launched and consists ofsixty-five third level teams competing in fourteen sections, divided geographically. Twenty three teams in five Premier Divisions, twenty two teams in five first divisions and twenty teams in four second divisions. This competition is an all island league with the two main affiliates the Colleges Football Association of Ireland (CFAI) and Irish Universities Football Union (IUFU) working together for the benefit of third level students.
As part of the third level development plan, the FAI in conjunction with seven third level institutions, have appointed six third level football facilitators. Their role is to promote football within colleges and universities working to increase participation among students, male and female, to provide more opportunities for students from ethnic minorities and students with a disability to play football. They also provide education courses for students who wish to become coaches, referees or volunteers in football.
A new third level website was also launched, www.thirdlevelfootball.ie. This website takes over the three previous websites that covered college football: the CFAI, the IUFU and the Women’s Soccer Colleges Football Association of Ireland (WSCAI). The website will help improve communication for all third level competitions.
Womens Unit Manager Susan Ronan said, “We are now in the third year of our FAI Girls Scholarship Programme and we’re delighted to have 9 current Senior & U19 players signed up to this initiative. Our scholarships are awarded based on sporting potential, the ability to achieve academic potential and commitment to both academic and sporting excellence. This year we have developed the programme further in partnership with the Irish Institute of Sport. This mutually-beneficial partnership lends support to the programme and encourages retention, development and enables players to manage education and sport.”
FAI Chief Executive, John Delaney explained that these initiatives are part of the FAI third level football development plan that was launched in February of this year. He paid tribute to the seven institutions that have co-funded the new facilitators and the Irish Institute of Sport for assisting with the women’s unit scholarships.
Gerard Dunne, FAI National Coordinator for Schools, Colleges and Universities said, “This is a very exciting time for third level football with the CUFL now being administered by the FAI Domestic Department with the Colleges Football Association of Ireland (CFAI) and Irish Universities Football Union (IUFU). The scholarships link with the Institute of Sport will give our female players more information and back up to allow them to play football while continuing their education.”
Lynne D'Arcy - Communications Executive
Football Association of Ireland
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