The Ireland Senior Team Manager, Giovanni Trapattoni, together with his assistants, Liam Brady and Marco Tardelli, dropped in to see the 160 children taking part in the National Irish Bank FAI Summer Soccer School in Milebush Park, Castlebar last month. Also in attendance were National Irish Bank's Castlebar Branch Manager, Michael Dwyer and Austin Sweeney, Head of Personal, North West Region.
The 2008 National Irish Bank FAI Summer Soccer Schools kicked off in June, providing a value-for-money solution to school holiday boredom all over the country. 270 camps are taking place nationwide, including ten in County Mayo, at locations such as Milebush Park, Castlebar, the Sportspark in Westport and Concannon Park in Claremorris.
The Summer Soccer Schools are giving over 23,000 children from all over Ireland the opportunity to develop their soccer skills in a fun and encouraging environment, where the focus is very much on participation rather than competition. Participants learn how to pass, control, chest, tackle, head and shoot in the course of each week-long camp (Monday to Friday, 10.30am to 3pm ). Under the direction of the FAI Technical Director Packie Bonner and FAI National Co-ordinator Philip Behan, each soccer school is delivered by official FAI-qualified Garda-vetted coaches in a safe and professional environment. For further details on the National Irish Bank FAI Summer Soccer Schools, log onto www.summersoccerschools.ie or call 1890 653 653.