Our Mission: To plan, co-ordinate, develop and deliver opportunities for children of varying needs, between the ages of 6-18 years, to get the opportunity to play soccer.
2011 saw the establishment of the FAI club programme ‘Football For All’ (FFA) at Carrigaline United AFC so as to enable access to team sport for children outside of mainstream. From 10 players in 2011, FFA has since grown to over 55 boys and girls, with varying needs including ASD, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Hearing Impairment, Cerebral Palsy and Down Syndrome.
The programme offers players with various challenges, the opportunity to access regular, professional football training and to participate in regular competitions with other similar clubs.
Our coaches are FAI trained, Garda vetted and have completed accredited Child Welfare & Protection courses. Some coaches have also been appointed and trained as First Aiders. Many of our coaches are parents who have a broad range of expertise in working with different challenges and volunteer their time to support the programme.
Our Junior Teams cater for 6-13yr olds. Groups are determined by ability and needs, with a minimum of two coaches per group, while our Youth Team is designed for 13–18yr old boys and girls.