Kids get their kicks at IFA Grassroots Soccer Schools

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Children from Larne and Carrickfergus will have the opportunity to go actively ‘nutty’ about football this summer thanks to the continued partnership between the Irish FA’s Grassroots Football Department and Irwin’s Bakery.

The Irish FA’s ‘Nutty Krust Summer Soccer Schools’ are co-ordinated by the Irish FA’s Grassroots Development Officers and staffed by fully qualified coaches. Running throughout July and August – the Soccer Schools are an ideal way to get boys and girls aged between five and 14 involved with football over the summer months.

“These Summer Soccer Schools provide a great opportunity for the children of the Carrickfergus and Larne Boroughs to have fun, get active and improve their football skills during their school holidays,” said Irish FA Grassroots Development Officer, Jonathan Michael. “All our coaches will place an emphasis on making the Soccer Schools fun, enjoyable, safe, and rewarding whilst providing a positive learning experience for each child.”

Future stars

Speaking about the Nutty Krust Summer Soccer Schools, Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill said: “As international team manager we are always looking to develop the stars of the future, and there is no better way to get started than at an Irish FA Summer Soccer School. These schools are specifically designed to get the best out of all players through age appropriate, developmental, fun coaching practices. I really hope to see you at one of our Soccer Schools and you never know even uncover the next Jonny Evans or Chris Brunt.”

The Irish FA ‘Nutty Krust Summer Soccer Schools’, which run from 10 am to 1pm each day, will take place at the following venues: Sandy Bay, Larne July 15 – 19; Greenisland FC, July 22 - 26; Carnlough Swifts FC, Carnlough July 29 – August 2; Wellington Rec FC, Larne August 5 - 9; Taylor’s Avenue 3G, Carrickfergus - August 12 – 16; Whitehead Eagles FC, August 19 – 23. For more log on to