THE Emerging Talent Programme concludes in Clare next Monday June 4, with a four county end of year “Development Day” featuring Clare, Limerick County, Roscommon, and North Tipperary at Lees Road.
The focus of the day is on player development with each league field- ing two squads each playing three games. One half of each match will be a coaching game where coaches will stop and coach players during the games.
Through the programme for under- age talent in Clare aged from 1I1 — 16,
the FAI are seeking to develop the game outside the traditional urban centres of Cork and Dublin.
The programme has been developed along similar guidelines to many of the European Countries such as Italy, France, Germany and Holland. The major difference between those pro- grammes and the FAI’s is that each Emerging Talent Squad is coached and administrated by qualified lo- cal people in each of the 33 School- boys/girls leagues in the country. The CPSSL agreed to join the FAI’s emerging talent programme last Sep- tember
The aim of the Emerging Talent
programme is to identify, monitor, and develop players from age 11 to 16 that are capable of reaching their full potential.
The CPSSL began year one with the selection of a Squad of 30 play- ers born in 1995 in August 2006. This squad was then enlarged to 44 players at Christmas 2006. The pro- gramme consisted of 34 coaching sessions run weekly from August to May. The sessions have to be con- ducted by minimum two qualified coaches.
These coaches who commit to working with league emerging tal- ent quads then get their additional
coaching qualifications funded by the FAI as long as they stay in the programme. The coaching sessions are designed and implemented in line with an age appropriate syllabus to try and produce all round players.
Eventually the players will be able to have the confidence and talent to express themselves in competitive situations such as Kennedy Cup and Umbro Cup. Each League Emerging Talent Squad has to meet strict set criteria during and at the end of year in order to receive tunding from the Wave
According to Denis Hynes FAI Re- gional Development Officer, “Any
kid now living in any part of Ire- land can now get access to the pro- gramme. There is no need for kids to have to leave their locality be that club or league to receive top quality coaching”.
All club coaches and parents to at- tend the day. The under 11 Emerging Talent Development Day begins at llam and runs to 3pm at Lees Road.