The Football Association of Ireland launched its 2016 Festival of Football and Annual General Meeting which will take place in County Tipperary from July 24 to 30.
The launch took place at the Nenagh & District Chamber of Commerce in the presence of Cathaoirleach of Tipperary Seamus Hanafin, as well as FAI CEO John Delaney and FAI Development Officers James Scott (Tipperary North) and David Lenane (Tipperary South).
“I’m delighted to bring the Festival of Football and AGM to the county where I grew up for what promises to be a memorable week that showcases the great work being done in football development in Tipperary,” said Delaney.
“This will be a special summer with the Republic of Ireland team competing at EURO 2016 in France and I’m sure the entire country will be gripped in football fever. So there will be no better time to connect with the officials, administrators, coaches, volunteers and players at grassroots level who help the game to grow and develop.
“Since 2007 we have had tremendous success bringing the Festival of Football and AGM to various counties and we very much look forward to coming to Tipperary in July, where we will build towards our AGM on July 30.”
This will be the first time that the Festival of Football and AGM has visited Tipperary following previous years in Kerry, Mayo, Monaghan, Wexford, Clare, Donegal, Wicklow, Westmeath, and Sligo/Leitrim.
Among the events planned for the week-long Festival of Football are over 20 club visits by FAI Development Officers, coaching staff, officials and well-known footballing personalities, with Sports Direct.com FAI Summer Soccer Schools taking place across the county.
The FAI Coach Education Department will run a festival in tandem for the week to offer a unique opportunity to complete introductory level coaching courses and workshops, while football fun days will take place in Nenagh, Cashel, Cahir, Carrick on Suir, and Thurles.
The FAI will make equipment, funds, match tickets and services available to clubs in Tipperary to mark the county’s hosting of the 2016 FAI AGM.
Around 250 delegates representing every League and divisional association in Ireland are expected to attend the AGM and will arrive in Tipperary ahead of the Delegates’ Dinner in the Hotel Minella, at which the FAI will announce its Aviva Club of the Year as well as presenting the following national awards: the John Sherlock Service to Football award, Noel O’Reilly Coach of the Year, the Jeremy Dee Services to Women’s Football award and the FAI Communications Awards.