Football For All is Thomastown’s goal

A LOCAL club have achieved their goal of bringing the beautiful game to everyone.

A LOCAL club have achieved their goal of bringing the beautiful game to everyone.

Thomastown United have become Kilkenny’s first club to establish a Football For All programme.

The programme is the brainchild of the Football Association of Ireland (FAI), who teamed up with the Local and Community Development section of The Department of the Environment and People with Disabilities Ireland to create Football For All.

The programme works with clubs to help them become more inclusive to children aged from 6 to 14 years, regardless of ability. Thomastown United are the first Kilkenny club to sign up. They are currently running weekly soccer coaching sessions for children with disabilities.

Working through clubs, Football For All embraces diversity and promote the true meaning of the sport.

“This new programme will ensure the inclusion of children of all abilities in the football community in Ireland,” said Oisin Jordan, national co-ordinator. “Football For All clubs are breaking down barriers by becoming inclusive to all, guaranteeing that all children regardless of ability will in the future will have the same opportunity to play football for their local club”.

Thomastown United will have their official Football For All team launch this Saturday from 4.30pm to 5.30pm at United Park. All local children are invited to come along and join up.