Clonmel initiative for education and employment through football

Education and Employment through Football

Education and Employment through Football

Are you over 18, out of work and love football? Would you like join a course which combines getting education awards with football coaching awards and work placements? Then a new initiative beginning its second year in September in Clonmel could be for you. The FAI and South Tipperary VEC have teamed up to provide a unique opportunity for people who are unemployed and out of formal education to get involved in an innovative project to help them back into the workforce.

PROJECT FUTSAL is an initiative between the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) and the Welsh Football Trust (WFT) with the core aim of utilising football as a social inclusion tool in order to facilitate innovative community regeneration.

The project has been designed through the cooperation of the FAI and the WFT. The Clonmel centre will provide an academic year of adult education, personal development, football coach education and work/volunteer placements. Places on the programme will be offered to thirty participants from the local community. Places on the programme will be offered to both men and women and it is hoped that course participants will be made up of an even number of male and female participants.The main objectives are to increase participant’s employability and/or enhance their prospects of going onto further education.FAI Development Officer David Lenane said:

“This is a great opportunity .The project is designed to broaden education and help people back into the workforce. 65% of people completing the course have gained employment while another 20% have gone on to higher level education. The bonus of football being included in the programme should be attractive given it’s popularity in the area and will also bring positive health benefits for participants. With the extra qualifications and work experience gained, it should provide a real boost to a person’s CV when looking for a job or to progress their education.” if you’re interested, you can apply now at