‘A new era in Irish football’ – Eamonn Holmes
Posted On June 5, 2021
Irish players are being encouraged to work more with their coaches and team-mates, rather than the other way around.
Source: RTE Sport article A new era is dawning in Irish sport, and with that comes new players and a new approach to learning the game.
As a result, the National League of Ireland have unveiled a new initiative, set up with the help of the Rugby League Players’ Association.
The programme aims to instil a “new generation of footballers” and is expected to be launched in 2019.
The initiative is set up in partnership with the ERCA, the Association of Football Administrators.
It will see teams from all over Ireland training with Irish coaches.
It will be a huge boost for young players, who have traditionally struggled to get on the pitch.
Eamonn Sherlock, a former ERCC player and Ireland coach, says it will help them get better.
The ERCCs goal is to help young Irish footballers become professional athletes. “
It will help the younger players learn how to work on their game and it will give them a better understanding of the game.”
The ERCCs goal is to help young Irish footballers become professional athletes.
“A lot of players don’t want to play football and are looking for a change of environment,” Sherlock says.
“This is an opportunity for them to develop their skills, and also a new environment.”
The younger players will get more opportunities to learn from other professionals and they will get a better knowledge of what is expected of them in professional football.
“Sherlock says the players will also benefit from being able to get a real training environment and “be part of a good team”.
He says that the aim is to see young players “get a taste of a career in professional sport” rather than playing in a “professional atmosphere”.
We have got to get them involved in our game, and they are going to be playing in professional stadiums. “
We have a young generation that are not interested in football and we need to encourage them,” he says.
In addition to working with Irish football, the ECCI have set up the Irish Sports Foundation to provide funding for sport and youth development.”
If we do this for the next five or 10 years, that’s when we will see them really flourish.”
In addition to working with Irish football, the ECCI have set up the Irish Sports Foundation to provide funding for sport and youth development.
The foundation will also provide financial support to local sporting clubs to help develop youth football.
Sherlock hopes the Irish rugby league system will become the “national sport” in Ireland by 2020.