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Coach at our camps!

Applications to become a coach on the 2017 SportsDirect.com FAI Summer Soccer Schools Programme are now being accepted.

The application process will be open until February 26 and it allows young coaches the opportunity to put their skills to the test on one of the most popular youth programmes in the country.

Please be aware that in order to coach on our camps you must be cleared by Garda Vetting with the FAI and be certified in the Child Protection in Sport Awareness Workshop. Further information and instructions on Garda Vetting can be found here

In 2016, over 30,000 kids took part on camps all around the country. Beginners get to learn the fundamental football skills needed to be a player and receive a fun and dynamic introduction to playing the beautiful game.

More seasoned players will focus on more technical and skill-specific training and everyone will come together in the afternoon to participate in mini-leagues and small-sided games.

If you would like to apply to become a coach on the SportsDirect.com FAI Summer Soccer Schools programme, you can apply here

Katie McCabe unveiled as programme ambassador

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Republic of Ireland women's senior international Katie McCabe has been unveiled as the Sportsdirect.com FAI Summer Soccer Schools female ambassador.

The 20-year-old recently signed for Arsenal Ladies in the England Women's Super League and has forced her way into Sue Ronan's senior squad with six caps since making her debut.

As another summer approaches, Ger McDermott, FAI National Coordinator for Camps, is delighted to have McCabe onboard for a programme that offers children between the ages of 6 and 14 years old the opportunity to take part in a week-long, fun football environment.

"It's fantastic to have Katie as the female ambassador for the Sportsdirect.com FAI Summer Soccer Schools because she is very much a homegrown player and has come through our structures all the way to the very top," said McDermott.

"One of our key goals for 2016 is to dramatically increase female participation in the camps - both from a coaching and playing perspective. Having someone like Katie endorsing the camps is very important to help us achieve that.

"2016 is shaping up to be another record year for the Summer Soccer Schools with over 350 camps already signed up and there will be a camp in every county in the country, which is fantastic because we want kids in every community to be involved."

Bookings for the 2016 Sportsdirect.com FAI Summer Soccer Schools will open at the end of March with details being announced on our website and our Facebook page!

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