As the World Cup qualifiers take a breather over the summer, there are young people all over the country taking part in the FAI Summer Soccer schools. And many more are kicking a ball against the gable wall at the first glimpse of sunshine. Almost every town in Ireland has a soccer club. And many have organised events and family days taking place over the summer that are worth a look. We have listed a few here. But check out your local soccer clubs or visitwww.inspireme.ie to ensure you don’t miss out.
On 9th July there is a fantastic closedBounce-a-Lot session in Cellbridge FC. It will be for children with special needs and their siblings up to 8 years. Numbers are strictly limited so advance booking is essential.
Finn Harps FC
Finn Harps FC is one of the most northern clubs, in Ballybofey Co Donegal. They are inviting runners and walkers of all ages to join them on their5k run on Tuesday 11th July. All are welcome. There will be chip timing for anyone aiming for a personal best. And spot prizes for those who need a different type of incentive to get the runners on.
River Rangers FC
The Boys in Green are coming to The Paircin in Callan, Co Kilkenny on 19th July. River Rangers AFC will host theirfestival of football. Fun for all the family is guaranteed with special guests from the FAI to be announced closer to the time.
Lucan United FC
Lucan United FC will have afamily day on 29th July featuring bouncy castles, face painting and a DJ so the little ones can bop till they drop. And as a special feature there will be a fundraising match of Lucan Legends versus Jamie’s Select in aid of Pieta House.
In the west Castlebar Celtic will have afamily fun day on Saturday 5th August. There will be attractions for both adults and children, including bouncy castles, face painting and more. A charity match (the Pieta House Challenge Cup) will be taking place between some of the finest stars from the Mayo Super League and a few well known faces from around the county and beyond. Food will be served on the day in the Celtic clubrooms. In addition there will be a raffle and music into the night.All money raised will be going to Pieta House based in Tuam which serves Mayo and the rest of Connacht.
For children with special needs be sure to also check out the FAI website www.fai.ie. This has some fantastic resources including a match day checklist for children with autism and details of their Football for All campaign.
Check out your local Soccer Clubs
Your local football club will be working hard this summer to foster community spirit and support local charities. It deserves your support. Find out why they call it ‘The Beautiful Game’.
Finally, all information correct at time of publishing. Always check with event organiser before you travel.