O’Neill calls for budding stars

NI manager Michael O’Neill is calling on all budding young footballers to get ready for a summer full of football fun!

The International boss has given his backing to the Irish FA’s Nutty Krust Summer Soccer Schools Programme, which has courses at the Mid Ulster Sports Arena in Cookstown (July 30th – August 3rd) and at Spires Park, Magherafelt (August 20th-24th). Co-ordinated by the Irish FA’s Grassroots Development Officers and staffed by qualified coaches, the Soccer Schools are the ideal way to get your children active over the summer months. The Soccer Schools will be run at venues across the country and will be attended by thousands of boys and girls.

“The Irish FA’s Nutty Krust Summer Soccer Schools provide a great opportunity for boys and girls to have fun and develop their football throughout the summer,” said the Northern Ireland manager. “The Soccer Schools are a fantastic opportunity for aspiring players to get top quality coaching, develop their skills and a great way to meet and make new friends.”

The Irish FA’s Grassroots Development Officer for Cookstown, Dungannon and Magherafelt, Ciaran Donaghy added: “The Irish FA’s Nutty Krust Summer Soccer Schools are specifically designed to get the best out of the players during the week with age appropriate coaching sessions to develop such skills as dribbling, passing, turns and shooting etc. At this year’s courses 50 children will be selected to attend the annual Irish FA ‘Search for a Star’ event, which will see the children compete in a series of skills challenges with the chance of becoming an Irish FA sponsored player and winning a year’s worth of training gear.”

For more information on venues and dates and to book a place on one of the Irish FA’s Nutty Krust Summer Soccer Schools visit: www.irishfasoccerschools.com or alternatively contact the Irish FA’s Grassroots Department on 028 90 669 559.