Muirhevnamor FC’s Peter McGinn says that initiatives like the Dundalk Soccer Project are ‘vital’ to helping a club grow from the grassroots up.
McGinn was speaking at the launch of the project which will see 40 people from the Cox’s Demesne and Muirhevnamor areas pick up qualifications in football related courses in order to help their local communities.
“We are looking to get younger coaches involved all the time”, said McGinn. “It’s massive for a club like Muirhevnamor where we have 40 kids who play at U6 level. We have U7s and U8s playing in the Schoolboys League during the summer. We need coaches there.”
Tiarnan Mulvenna was one of the speakers at the launch in the Enda McGuill Suite at Oriel Park last Wednesday. The Dundalk striker came through the ranks at Muirhevnamor and he now helps out with the club’s junior players after completing his FETAC Level 4 course in coaching.
“Tiarnan is one of eight fellas from our club doing the FETAC Level 5 course at the minute”, said McGinn.
“We already have eight who did the FETAC Level 4 so you’re getting coaches up to a standard where they know what they are doing.
“They’re not just going in and throwing a ball at the kids. They start off with drills and it progresses every week. The fun element is there, kids enjoy it and that’s great for everybody.”
McGinn said that the benefit of having qualified coaches was there for all to see.
“It stands to your club”, said McGinn. “The Meath and District League awarded Muirhevnamor with their Club of the Year award last season.
“That’s because of the way we run the club”, he added. “That goes from coaching at the grassroots, to maintaining our facilities and to the way we treat people when they come to the club.
“We have good coaches at the minute, the likes of Sean Dixon, Jason McConville, Sean Maguire, Andy Gray, Mark Cassidy who have have gone from their Youth Cert to UEFA B standard so we are providing a service and our community is doing well out of it.”