FAI receives Government funding for Women's Football

FAI receives Government funding for Women’s Football

Funding to be invested in elite player development

The Football Association of Ireland has welcomed Government funding of €200,000 that will be used for elite player development in Women’s Football.

The grant will aid the running of the Republic of Ireland Women’s Senior Team and follows a period of application and submissions from the Association to Government.

The extra funding will go towards operational running costs for the Women’s Senior Team and to enable an increase in training and match programs to maximize contact hours.

The funding, which was secured by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and announced by Minister of State Brendan Griffin, will enable further progression on the elite player pathway for Women’s players.

The funding demonstrates a clear commitment by the Government and Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross to the ongoing development of Women’s Football.

FAI Board Member and Chairperson of the FAI Women’s Committee Niamh O’Donoghue said: “This is fantastic news for Women’s football in Ireland. It represents a very welcome vote of confidence by Government in the FAI strategies for developing the support structures for our top players.

“This will now help level the playing field with our competitors and it will help ensure that our players are given every opportunity to compete well at the highest level.”

FAI High Performance Director Ruud Dokter acknowledged the importance of the extra funding and believes that it will help the Association to push forward with future plans.

“This marks a significant investment from Government to Women’s Football and will greatly assist the ongoing development of our game,” said Dokter.

“This allows us to provide more support to the Women’s Senior Team and increase standards in order to achieve success. Women’s and Girl’s football, from grassroots to elite level, is an area where we are seeing huge improvements and developments.

“On the pitch, our teams are performing extremely well with our Senior Women’s Team starting their EURO 2019 campaign with a win away to Northern Ireland, our Under 17 Women’s team through to the Elite Round of qualifying and the Under 19 team travelling to Netherlands next week for their Qualifying Round games.

“Off the pitch, the rise in standards of coach education, growing participation numbers in grassroots camps, and the steady progress of the Continental Tyres Women’s National League indicates that we are moving in the right direction.

“While the FAI invests significantly in Women’s and Girl’s football, it is Government support like this that adds massively to the development and running of the game.”

Ireland Women’s Senior Head Coach Colin Bell said: “I think this is a fantastic step forward for Women’s Football in Ireland.

“This investment shows that everyone is behind the development of Women’s Football. Step by step, we will advance the development of our players individually which will lead to the general overall improvement of our Women’s Senior Team.

“I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in this process. This new financial support will be a tremendous boost for talented players at all age groups.”

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