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Project FUTSAL graduate sets up a soccer coaching business

Friday, September 9th, 2016

There have been countless good news stories about graduates from Project FUTSAL securing dream sports jobs and going on to do various degree courses. However, one particular graduate with a love of coaching and an entrepreneurial spirit has set up her own football coaching business and is using the skills, qualifications and contacts developed on the Ballymun project hub to shape her own future.

Michelle Watson graduated from Project FUTSAL in 2012 and spent an academic year on the Ballymun based hub. Michelle had an aptitude for coaching and her naturally outgoing personality meant that communicating with people came easily to her. Michelle approached the Northside Partnership for help in how to bring her football business idea to fruition and the following video link features Michelle chatting about how her business has developed recently.
Well done Michelle for providing inspiration to many other Project FUTSAL participants!

Lucan graduation-Keane & O’Neill present Lucan hub certs

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Lucan graduation

Project FUTSAL students with Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill, Assistant Roy Keane and CEO of DDLETB, Paddy Lavelle.

FAI HQ in Abbotstown was the venue for the presentation of certificates to a number of students who completed the Project FUTSAL course in Lucan, Dublin.

Students received their Sports & Recreation certificates along with an ITEC Gym Instructor qualification and a number of FAI Coach Education qualifications.

Republic of Ireland Manager, Martin O’Neill and his assistant, Roy Keane were present on the day to present the certificates to students who have worked hard during the year to achieve the awards.

Paddy Lavelle who is the CEO of the Dublin & Dun Laoghaire Education & Training Board also attended the ceremony and contributed some great words of praise and encouragement for the learners who had achieved this significant educational milestone.

The Lucan course restarts this week and applications for final places are currently being accepted at

Project FUTSAL students graduate in Clones

Monday, August 8th, 2016

FAI - ETB Course Graduation at the Peace Link Clones 28th July 2

Project FUTSAL students graduate in Clones 

Pictured are project FUTSAL students and course coordinators at the FAI / ETB Sports & Recreation Course Graduation Certificate Presentation that took in the  Peace Link Sports Facility in Clones. Co. Monaghan. The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht  Affairs Heather Humphreys TD presented the Certificates at a ceremony at the facility in Clones Co. Monaghan on  the 28th of July 2016.   

Pictured standing are the 10 students who received their certs as follows (L to R). 

  Nicky McCarville, Michelle Reinhardt – McCabe, Nathan Curran, Caolan McDermott, Paddy Brady, Tammy Maguire, Steven O’Reilly,  James Duignan, Michael McDonald and Karen Flynn.

 Pictured front row seated (L to R) are Deirdriu Mc Quaid (Board of Directors), Leo Mallon (Cavan and Monaghan Educational & Training  Board), Ciara Adams (Course Co-Ordinator), Minister Heather Humphreys TD, Jason Brennan (Assistant Course Co- Ordinator), and  John Crudden (FAI).’

Pic: Darren Curran


Unique education and employment through Football initiative in Monaghan

Monday, August 8th, 2016

The FAI in cooperation with the Cavan & Monaghan Education & Training Board and The Peacelink, Clones 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 designed to help them back into the workforce or onto further education.

This unique course has evolved as a partnership between the FAI Project FUTSAL, the Cavan & Monaghan Education & Training Board and The Peacelink, Clones. The course itself will take place at the iconic Peacelink venue, a state of the art fitness and sports facility in Clones, Co Monaghan. The facility is at the heart of a movement to build better relationships between people in the Clones (Co. Monaghan) and Erne East (Co. Fermanagh) areas, using sport as the medium.


Students will be supported and taught by dedicated and experienced tutors who will develop their understanding of the sport, leisure and fitness sector, preparing them for future employment or further study. The course offers a QQI level 4 Sports and Recreation programme in conjunction with the FAI and Project FUTSAL and has now added a REPS accredited fitness instructor course along with the already comprehensive list of training courses on offer.

The course is free of charge and will run for 35 weeks starting August 2016, Monday to Friday 9.30AM- 4.00 PM.

On top of all this, students will also receive coaching qualifications and workshops in GAA, Athletics, Occupational First Aid, Triathlon technical training in conjunction with Triathlon Ireland and Walker leader programmes in conjunction with the Irish Heart Foundation.

Course Coordinator, Ciara Fanning who works in cooperation with the local FAI Development Officer said;

“At this course, the students are central to the learning process and we want to make sure that their time on this course is as positive as possible. We offer an enjoyable sports based programme which will contribute to their own personal development. Along with the core programme, we will also be offering workshops and classes in stress management, mental health awareness and mindfulness. Students will also have the opportunity to participate daily in a personal fitness programme, taking part in spinning, circuit training, bootcamps, gym programmes and group exercise classes.”

Places on the programme are open to both men and women and will be offered to up to twenty five participants. There is no upper age limit. While it’s not essential to be able to play football or other sports to participate on the course, an interest in the football or other sports would be an advantage due to the extensive programme of sport activity on each course.

The FAI Development Officer for the Cavan & Monaghan area, John Crudden said:

Project FUTSAL is an innovative partnership initiative spearheaded by the FAI and has produced excellent outcomes for many participants for a number of years now. Almost 60% of people completing the course progress to employment and many find their way to third level education via this alternative sports based route. We are delighted to be able to cooperate once again with the Peacelink and the Cavan & Monaghan Education & Training Board to pool resources to address common objectives of getting people back to work or on to further education. The comprehensive coach education programme on the course is also providing a pool of newly qualified football and sports coaches in Cavan / Monaghan and has broadened the base of volunteers available to help local sports clubs”.                           .”

 Applications for places are being accepted now.

Just log onto and click APPLY.

Alternatively, if you require any more information please contact Ciara on 047 74710 or email

Closing date for applications is Friday August 26th 2016 so if you’re interested, APPLY NOW.