YOUNG people from mid-Louth have taken part in a very successful and enjoyable series of soccer coaching sessions hosted by Louth county council and the FAI.
The sessions were held at the fantastic new 3G indoor pitches at Oriel Park and a great time was had by all.
They were opened by Louth County Council chairman Oliver Tully.
This great sporting event saw over 60 children take part from local authority estates in Ardee, Castlebellingham, as well as Clogherhead and Termonfeckin.
The coaching was co-ordinated by FAI Development Officer Mick Neville and coaches Mick Doheny and Emmet O’Brien.
In the past few years the FAI has invested huge sums in coaching young people.
They have linked up with local authorities in an attempt to make the game of soccer more popular with youngsters, and to especially get more girls involved in the sport.
The great Irish goalkeeper Packie Bonner is one of the best known FAI ambassadors and he was one of the leading lights in moving forward this joint project by Louth County Council and the FAI.
Mr Bonner introduced the new scheme to the county council along with FAI chief executive officer John Delaney.
He alsoattended the opening of the all-weather soccer pitch at the Fairgreen Ardee.
Several of these pitches have been set up round the county and Ardee was one of the first to be built thanks to the efforts of Ardee Town Council and local sporting clubs.
Catherine McConville, Tenant Liaison Officer for Louth County Council said the children and parents had a brilliant time over the course of the week, with the excellent coaching provided by the FAI being matched by the superb facilities and hospitality extended by Paul Johnson and his team in Dundalk Town Football Club.
“We would really like to extend our thanks to them,” said Catherine.