Football clubs in Donegal will benefit to the tune of €100,000 to mark the county’s hosting of this year’s Football Association of Ireland annual general meeting.
The FAI announced on Monday in Lifford it will gather in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, on July 21 for the AGM. Among the events planned are 32 club visits by FAI development officers, coaching staff, officials and well known football personalities, four football fun days in Buncrana, Dungloe, Letterkenny and Donegal Town and four week-long FAI/eFlow Summer Soccer Schools throughout the county.
“Since 2007 we have used the FAI AGM as an opportunity to showcase football in the host county through the addition of a week-long festival of football,” explained FAI chief executive, John Delaney.
“So far we have had festivals of football in Kerry, Mayo, Monaghan, Wexford and Clare and the format has proved to be very successful. During the week we will take the FAI all over the county and I am delighted that the clubs in Donegal have already embraced this idea enthusiastically.”
This year, the festival of football will run from July 15 throughout Donegal with the assistance of Donegal County Council. The FAI will make equipment and funds worth up to €100,000 available to clubs in Donegal.
Applications are invited from all clubs or football organisations based in Donegal until June 29 and may be submitted for refurbishment and construction projects or facility renewals. Consideration will also be given to projects which are currently in progress and which would benefit from an injection of additional funding towards their proper completion.
“The Club Support Scheme gives clubs in Donegal a unique opportunity to source equipment and grants. We will announce the grants during the week leading up to the AGM on July 21.”
Around 250 delegates representing every league and divisional association in Ireland are expected to attend the AGM and will arrive in Letterkenny on July 20 ahead of the Delegates Dinner in the Mount Errigal Hotel at which the FAI will announce its Club of the Year and present the Service to Football Awards.