The Donegal Schoolboys soccer club who recently postponed all club activities because of ongoing problems surrounding the behaviour of some parents, have returned to action this week.
Mulroy Academy took the unprecedented step to postpone training for underage sides and stop partaking in games for two weeks because of the behaviour of some of the players’ parents.
Mulroy Academy chairman, Sean Canning, said there was not one major incident, but a host of different issues that were of concern to the club. He said the behaviour of parents on the sidelines at matches and their attitude towards coaches needed immediate addressing.
It prompted an emergency meeting of the club on Friday September 16th, at which it was decided to temporarily postpone all club activities.
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Mulroy Academy caters for underage football in Fanad and the surrounding areas and runs teams from U6 up to U16 for boys and girls.
Last Friday night, at an Emergency General Meeting of the club, it was agreed to resume club activities.
The club’s U12 side returned to action on Tuesday night and a number of other sides will play matches in the Letterkenny/North West league this weekend.
Mr. Canning said the club had received tremendous support since they took their decision to try and address the ongoing problems.
“The feedback and support has been extremely positive,” he said.
“I certainly didn’t envisage there to be so much support out there and we didn’t expect it to receive the reaction that it did.
“People have contacted us, not just within football, but from all sports and several people have told me that this is not just a problem that’s confined to football.”
Mr. Canning insisted the decision to postpone club activities was not taken lightly, but was done in the interests of the children who play with the club, and their coaches.
“We had to prove a point and take stock of the situation,” he said.