Former England manager Graham Taylor helped launch this season's Co-operative Insurance Football Development Centres with a showcase event.
The Co-operative Insurance Football Development Centres is one of the central programmes within the Irish FA’s Grassroots Development Plan, and is now entering its second year. There are currently 59 centres that focus on skill development and 14 centres that highlight games development, catering for approximately 8,000 children aged from six-12-years-old.
A new three-year strategy has been implemented to develop a comprehensive programme that combines both football development and personal development for children and their parents.
Graham Taylor, who is also an advocate of the development of skills at an early age and using small-sided games, said: “Winning games at all costs is detrimental at grassroots level.
“Children need time to develop their skill on the ball and the small-sided game allows them this. I am delighted that The Irish FA and The Co-operative Insurance are committed to promoting a system which has had so much success on the continent.”
For further information on The Co-operative Insurance Football Development Centres, please contact the IFA’s Grassroots Department on 028 90 688 426 or visit www.irishfa.com.