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Monaghan United's 'football for all' goes from strength to strength

Aug 31, 2022 18:17 By News Northern Sound
Monaghan United's 'football for all' goes from strength to strength
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The programme has gone from strength to strength since its development.

The Monaghan United Soccer Club is running a new training course for young people with disabilities.

The 'Football for All' inclusive programme started 12 months ago at the Monaghan Town based club and has gone from strength to strength ever since.

FAI's 'Football for All' development officer, Paul Smyth, told Northern Sound that the programme has been a "great opportunity" for grass-root football clubs to take on a new section for players with additional and special needs.

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After having its very first 'kick-off' in the local community over a year ago, Paul said player numbers have continued to grow, proving the "great success" and popularity of the inclusive programme.

When asked what the programme means to the players and their families, Paul said that the training and coaching has gave players an opportunity to feel part of their football club and community:

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Meanwhile, Chairman of Monaghan United, Ronan Callan praised the coaching programme, stating that it was something he wanted the club to be on board with from the start.

He believes the programme has enriched and progressed the club to new and higher standards of inclusion, following the instalment of a state-of-the art disabled toilet facility close to where the youngsters train.

Ronan added that it has been "great" to see the confidence growing of those involved, and the special relationships which have formed between players and coaches:

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