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Irish FA presentation

  1. 1. Irish Football Association<br />
  2. 2. History<br />Founded in Belfast in 1880 (originally an all Ireland team)<br />4th Oldest Assoc and member of IFAB<br />Blanchflower, Jennings….Best (Players at all levels have always represented all of the community) <br />Qualified for 3 World Cups – 1958, 1982 (Quarter Finalists) and 1986 (Quarter Finalists)<br />
  3. 3. Background<br />International, Domestic and Grassroots football <br />870 registered teams (Adults), 500 Boys teams, 50 Women’s teams and 300 School teams<br />
  4. 4. International<br />45 International Matches<br />Including men's, women’s, youth and disability teams<br />Award winning Football For All (FFA) campaign<br />
  5. 5. International<br /> Key to success tackling sectarianism at international level is FFA partnership work with Northern Ireland Supporters who are key members of FFA Advisory Panel<br />
  6. 6. Domestic<br />676 goals or averaging 2.96 goals per game<br />789 Affiliated Referees<br />Community Relations Officers at every Irish League Club and Community Relations key to domestic licence.<br />
  7. 7. Domestic<br />The IFA FFA Community Relations Dept supports Clubs with:<br />Community Audits<br />Community Relations Strategies<br />Funding Plans<br />
  8. 8. Grassroots<br />Over 5,000 FFA participants, <br />14,282 children in primary schools are being coached each week of which 6,905 were girls<br />UEFA 5* Charter Mark<br />
  9. 9. Grassroots<br />Key FFA Community Projects:<br />Women’s World United<br />Belfast Celtic Dealing with the Past Project<br />Limestone United and Ardoyne Interface Projects<br />Belfast Street League<br />
  10. 10. Research<br />80% agreed that the IFA works for all sides of the community<br />78% said the IFA have worked hard to move football forward over the last 4 years<br />76% agreed that NI games have become family friendly<br />66% said the IFA is a professional organisation<br />73% said the NI team is representative of the whole community<br />86% said the IFA have eradicated sectarianism over the last 4 years<br /><ul><li>Source: Millward Brown, Sample 302, Nov 09</li></li></ul><li>External Recognition<br />The EU/UEFA endorsed Football For All programme<br />Brussels International Award <br />UK SME award for Excellence in Marketing by Institute of Marketing<br />Positive external baseline surveys and evaluations of FFA<br />
  11. 11. Our Vision<br />To develop, foster and promote football for all in Northern Ireland<br />
  12. 12. Strategic Pillars<br />
  13. 13.
  14. 14. Football For All<br /> Football For All is all about creating a fun, safe and inclusive culture throughout football<br />
  15. 15. Football For All<br /><ul><li>The EU funded Football For All Project was set up to tackle issue of sectarianism which was crippling Football in Northern Ireland.
  16. 16. The guiding principles of FFA remain education, support and communication.
  17. 17. Mainstreaming Football For All into the fabric of the Irish Football Association has revolutionised Northern Irish Football. </li></li></ul><li>Football For All – the future<br /><ul><li>Looking to the future, the main challenge is to build on progress made and remove all remaining barriers to inclusion.
  18. 18. FFA recently commissioned research to identify the remaining barriers to inclusion.
  19. 19. The challenge is for the sport of football to reflect a new more confident, diverse and inclusive Northern Ireland.</li></li></ul><li>Irish Football Association;Questions<br />Contacts:<br />Michael Boyd (Head of Community Relations)<br /><br />02890 669458<br />