FOOTBALL: Irish FA launches 2016 Easter Football Camps

Former Northern Ireland international David Healy teamed up with Ruth Sloan from sponsors Irwins Bakery and young players Melody Conville and Kalid Alaga to launch the Nutty Krust Easter Football Camps for 2016.
Former Northern Ireland international David Healy teamed up with Ruth Sloan from sponsors Irwins Bakery and young players Melody Conville and Kalid Alaga to launch the Nutty Krust Easter Football Camps for 2016.

The Irish FA, in partnership with Irwin’s Bakery, has launched its Nutty Krust Easter Football Camps for 2016.

The three-day football camps, which are part of the Irish FA’s Grassroots Development Programme, will be staged in 28 locations across Northern Ireland between 30th March and 1st April.

The Nutty Krust camps provide opportunities for children aged 5-13 to develop and improve their football skills in a structured environment with professionally trained and vetted staff.

Among the venues this Easter is the Foyle Arena.

Places at the camps are available at a special discounted price of £20 if booked online for one child, £30 for two children and £40 for three children from the same family.

Last year more than 6,500 boys and girls took part in the camps, an increase of 20% on 2014.

Colette Wilson, Marketing Manager for Irwin’s Bakery, said: “Nutty Krust’s sponsorship of these highly popular camps fits with Irwin’s long history of supporting grassroots sport in Northern Ireland.

“The camps are a great way for children and young people to develop their football skills during the school holidays. The number of boys and girls attending the camps has gone up year-on-year and I have no doubt that this year’s programme will be the most successful to date.”

Ian Stewart, Grassroots Development Manager, Irish FA, said: “I would like to thank Irwin’s Bakery for their ongoing support of our camps. Our team of grassroots development officers, coaches and volunteers are looking forward to delivering our biggest Easter programme ever.

“The Irish FA recently launched the new youth strategy Let Them Play which aims to double youth football participation rates in Northern Ireland by 2025. The Nutty Krust football camps are central to achieving that aim and are hugely important as we seek to grow the game right across the country and find the next generation of Northern Ireland football stars.”

For more information about the Nutty Krust Easter Football Camps visit

www.irishfaholidaycamps.com or contact Michael Finch on 90 669 559 or at mfinch@irishfa.com.
Meanwhile Coleraine FC has submitted it’s response to the DCAL Consultation Document ‘Sub-regional Stadia Programme For Soccer’.

The consultation document published by the Northern Ireland Executive’s Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure includes proposals for the funding of projects across five separate strands, ranging from intermediate and junior level to the senior game.

Football provides one of the most significant opportunities for cross community participation in sport in Northern Ireland.

It has suffered from a severe lack of Government intervention over the last number of years and most chronically, from severe underfunding.

Accordingly, Coleraine FC very much welcomes the Northern Ireland Executive’s commitment to provide much needed and long-awaited investment into the local game.

Coleraine FC warmly welcomes the wide range of strands included in the programme, and appreciates the difficulty in satisfying the wishes of all interested parties.

However, Coleraine FC has significant concerns with Strand 1 (Safe Stadia).

Robust and equitable grounds for this proposal are not apparent and thus Coleraine FC would advocate amalgamation of Strands 1 and 2 (Significant Sub Regional Stadia) into a single strand.

Coleraine FC broadly accepts proposed investment via Strand 3 (Championship clubs), Strand 4 (National Training Centre) and Strand 5 (Intermediate and Junior Football).