South Dublin County Council in partnership with the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) hosted their annual Football for All Sumer Camp. The camp takes place during the 1st week in July each year. 2014 marks the camps 5th year in operation and the numbers are increasing each and every year, this year we had over 45 young people participating in the programme.
The Football for All programme was initiated to assist and develop Football opportunities for all players of all abilities aged 6 to 14 years in their local community and ensure its sustainability. Everybody regardless of their ability should have the opportunity to access football in their local club thus promoting an ethos of inclusion within the football community.
Through the Sports and Recreation Office South Dublin County Council has taken this programme a step further by introducing a camp similar to that of the FAI Summer Soccer School’s – this allows children with a disability the opportunity to participate in a summer camp just like any other child in the county. They receive a full strip, ball and kit bag as they would on any other soccer camp – the cost of which is subsidised by South Dublin County Council.
Mayor of South Dublin County Cllr Fintan Warfield attended the camp on Friday 4th July to present this year participants with their certificates of participation. The Mayor acknowledged the work of both South Dublin County Council and the FAI in providing this accessible sport camp and thanked the volunteers for their time and efforts in making this camp successful.
The Mayor also thanked the volunteers and staff from Cheeverstown for their valued contribution in making the camp so successful.