'The FAI-ETB programme is hugely valuable for young Irish players in their player development pathway' - Stephen Kenny launches FAI Player Development Course

Wed, May 20 2020

Republic of Ireland boss Stephen Kenny has launched the application process for the next Player Development Course.

The programme will be hosted jointly by the Football Association of Ireland and several Education & Training Boards countrywide.

Graduates of the course include Ireland internationals Katie McCabe, Enda Stevens, Matt Doherty, Kevin Long, Andy Boyle and Daryl Horgan.

Ireland manager Stephen Kenny told FAI.ie: “The FAI-ETB programme is hugely valuable for young Irish players in their player development pathway as they work towards a career in professional football.

“The experience of the FAI coaches and the support of the Education Training Board offers the players on the course an invaluable insight into our game as they continue their education.”

The FAI-ETB programme was established in 2004 and now operates in Dundalk, Limerick, Castlebar, Waterford, Blarney, Carrigaline, Clondalkin, Cabra, Irishtown and Tallaght with UEFA-Qualified FAI coaches guiding the players on their pathway to professional football.  

Trainees also complete the QQI Level 5 Major Award in Sport & Recreation Studies along with an ITEC Gym Instructors Diploma, Pool Lifeguard and FAI Coaching Certificates up to National D level.

The course is suitable for young players returning from the professional game in England with limited education and graduates can earn CAO points to progress to Third Level courses.

The 2020-21 FAI-ETB programme is scheduled to commence in late September and trainees may be eligible for a generous training allowance. Applications are now being accepted at www.fai.ie/fai-etb-courses and at www.fetchcourses.ie. Applications will close in August.