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Mourne River Soccer

Mourne River Soccer International Tournament 4th - 5th July 2008 at Newry City FC

Mourne River Soccer an exciting new sports initiative aimed at groups with Learning and Physical Difficulties.
As part of the Grassroots Development Centre in Newry and Mourne, Mourne River Soccer aims to provide increased opportunities for young people to participate in soccer. Playing, Coaching, Assisting or supporting soccer in the area of special needs is on the increase and Mourne River Soccer hopes to engage players and volunteers in a programme of events throughout the year.

As more children enter mainstream schooling we are committed to providing sessions and training for teachers to deliver inclusive soccer coaching into their schools and offer support for their requirements. Additionally we will actively encourage all local soccer clubs to train a member of their coaching staff in the area of Disability Soccer.

Mourne River Soccer will aim to work closely with all clubs to increase their involvement and their capacity to be inclusive of all our community. Clubs are very supportive and have indicated several ambitions they feel will enhance Mourne River Soccer as well as themselves as community clubs.

We would like to thank our partners without whom this tournament would not have been possible.

  • Newry and Mourne District Council
  • Mencap
  • Newry and District Gateway Club
  • St Colman’s College, Newry
  • McDonalds Restaurant
  • The Newry Lions
  • The Newry Democrat
  • Diamonds Restaurant, Warrenpoint
  • And of course our hosts Newry City Football Club and Their Staff.

This tournament will run every two years and we hope that you will help us provide the best possible experience by letting us know what you like and what you think we should consider next time to improve our tournament

You can contact Malcolm Roberts on
028 30313244 / 07894614301 or e-mail malcolm.roberts@newryandmourne.gov.uk

Mourne River Soccer has recently teamed up with Southern Heath Social Care Trust to provide Taster coaching sessions at Newry City FC.

The sessions “…were a great success” said Eilish Kilgallon from the Trust who
Coordinated the two 1-hour sessions.

The participants played small-sided games, 1 v 1’s, 2 v 2’s and received skills coaching.
“The drills and the session on the whole was inclusive and also instilled confidence in the players.” Added Eilish.

A couple of the players have been asked to join the Gold Medal winning squad from the Gateway Club in Newry as a result of their efforts.

They will join 16 members of the squad who will be competing in the Belfast Cup on the 21st and 22nd June.

Mourne River SoccerMourne River Soccer is an exciting new sports initiative aimed at groups with Learning and Physical Difficulties.
As part of the recently appointed Grassroots Development Centre in Newry and Mourne, Mourne River Soccer aims to provide increased opportunities for young people to participate in soccer.
Playing, Coaching, Assisting or supporting soccer in the area of special needs is on the increase and Mourne River Soccer hopes to engage players and volunteers in a programme of Coach Education.

Recently an audit was carried out to gauge the numbers of clubs, schools, players and volunteers with or without coaching awards or structures.

As part of the audit we have offered teachers, group leaders and carers to register their interest in our Coach Education Scheme that will provide them with the skills and qualifications, to assist and deliver events such as Mini Soccer and Holiday coaching courses.

As more children enter mainstream schooling we are committed to providing sessions and training for teachers to deliver inclusive soccer coaching into their schools and offer support for their requirements.
Additionally we will actively encourage all local soccer clubs to train a member of their coaching staff in the area of Disability Soccer by holding Coaching Disabled Footballers Awards (CDFA) Level 1 and 2.
In addition we will be offering the IFA level 2, Equity for Sport, Emergency Aid and Child Protection courses.

Mourne River Soccer will aim to work closely with Local clubs to increase their involvement and their capacity to be inclusive of all our community. Many clubs are very supportive and have indicated several ambitions they feel will enhance Mourne River Soccer as well as themselves as a community club.

Mourne River Soccer in partnership with Awards for All Lottery funding and Newry and Mourne District Council are pleased to announce that we have been successful in winning a grant for Coach Education and hope to offer assisted funding to successful applicants up to 20 places are available.

You can download an interest form by clicking here.

Newry Gateway Wins Gold for Ulster

It started before Christmas when Siobhan Fitzpatrick, John Cunningham and Henry McDonald took 2 teams to the qualifying stages in Belfast. Unfortunately 1 team did not progress but there was success in the other group.


And so the time was nearing for Gateway to represent Ulster in the Special Olympic Games.


The Grassroots Centre through the Mourne River Soccer Initiative asked if they could assist the Gateway coaches in preparation for the Games.

The following sessions proved to be skilled and fun as the players demonstrated their abilities at Newry City FC.
They were ready!

The opening day was used for categorization and to see which league the Gateway would play.

They won three out three beating Connaught 2-1 Leinster 2-0 and Eastern 2-1

On a high they went into the first round of games proper, full of confidence.

Disaster!!! They were defeated by Eastern 3-1

The second game was going equally badly and at half time they were 2-0 down.But the spirit of the team and their skill which had been dormant, started to emerge and quick goals by Mathew Collins and Ben McClorey leveled things up and an set up an exciting climax where the Gateway took control winning 4-2

On day 2 the pressure was on and the Gateway had to win both games to secure a shot at the Gold medal.
And two very tough matches they were with all the teams in with a chance of the final.

The first match saw the Gateway score their first of two with only 5 minutes to play and although winning 2-0 it could have been a different outcome if Mathew Collins had not played a super game full of running and great dribbling skills.

Malcolm Roberts gives Matthew Collins some encouragement


The final and deciding game of the day was against the strongest opponent yet Eastern! The Gateway had to rely on the defensive experience of Veronica Donnelly and the playmaking of Ben McClorey to keep the strong Eastern side at bay.

Gary Martin and Donal McKay proved to be a handful for the defence and nearly combined twice but were denied by the Eastern keeper who was an inspiration.

It was when Eammon Cunningham came on that things changed and Mathew Collins was able to pick up a cut back ball and finish with ease.

But straightaway Eastern came back and a mix up in the Ulster defence gave away a goal. We had to wait for the closing 3 minutes when Lisa McNulty intercepted a ball outside the box and passed to Ben McClorey to finish and send the Gateway and Ulster into the final to play for Gold!!

Final Day!!

Excited, tense, expectant but most of all confident was the feeling as we lined up to be led out to the pitch. The support was load and plentiful with the Mayor Michael Carr and chairman Paddy Duffy there to cheer the players on.

First half there were few chances and only a super stop by Noel Rice kept the score at 0-0.

The second half exploded with chances going begging at either end and especially for Mathew Collins.

But it was he who scored first to calm everybody down and then virtually from the restart he latched on to a misplaced pass and made it 2-0 by rounding the keeper.

Eammon Cunningham was on hand to slot in a deflected shot at the far post to make it 3-0 with 6 minutes to go.
Ulster made 2 changes and it felt like a mistake had been made as Eastern quickly responded and scored not once but twice in 3 minutes. The pressure was now on to defend the goal lead but Mathew Collins was having none of this defensive thought and moved from a wide position into the center and when he collected the ball he dribbled around 3 players and the keeper to bring home Gold.

Gold Winners

 

Letter of Offer


To all groups/clubs and schools.


Mourne River Soccer is part of the Newry and Mourne District Council and Irish FA initiative to promote soccer under the title of Grassroots Development Centre.
I as the Development Officer would like you all to contact Ciara Lowe or me to register your interest whether it is to coach young people with disabilities or for your leaders and volunteers to enrol on our coach education scheme.
This is an offer of free coaching sessions and assistance in helping you achieve your aims to promote sport in your clubs.
However the amount of free coaching and/or assistance is dependant on a structured development plan for your club.
The sessions can range from 1 taster session to several in preparing your players for competition.
The plans can be discussed or drawn up by Ciara or myself in accordance to your needs.
Please do not let this opportunity pass without your involvement and contact

Malcolm Roberts on 028 30313244
Or email malcolm.roberts@newryandmourne.gov.uk


Yours in Sport

Malcolm Roberts GDO

Mourne River Soccer

Mourne River Soccer is an exciting new sports initiative aimed at groups with Learning and Physical Difficulties.

As part of the recently appointed Grassroots Development Centre in Newry and Mourne, Mourne River Soccer aims to provide increased opportunities for young people to participate in soccer.

Playing, Coaching, Assisting or supporting soccer in the area of special needs is on the increase and Mourne River Soccer hopes to engage players and volunteers in a programme of events through the summer. Starting with coaching sessions at the Gateway Club, Newry in preparation for the Special Olympics in Belfast on the 21st June.

An audit is underway to statistically register the numbers of clubs, schools, players and volunteers with or without coaching awards.

The first success has been the generous donation of coaching equipment and kit from McDonalds in Newry “I feel this project will really identify and benefit the young people who so eagerly want to participate in the game.” Stephen O’Hara the Franchisee.

As part of the audit we have offered teachers, group leaders and carers to register their interest in our Coach Education Scheme that will provide them with the skills and qualifications, to assist and deliver events such as Mini Soccer and Holiday coaching courses. This is ongoing and people can still register at the mail address below.

As more children enter mainstream schooling we are committed to providing sessions and training for teachers to deliver inclusive soccer coaching into their schools and offer support for their requirements.
Additionally we will actively encourage all local soccer clubs to train a member of their coaching staff in the area of Disability Soccer by holding a Foundation and Level1 coaching course devised by the Irish FA within the coming months.

Mourne River Soccer will aim to work closely with Newry City FC and Warrenpoint FC to increase their involvement and their capacity to be inclusive of all our community. Both clubs are very supportive and have indicated several ambitions they feel will enhance Mourne River Soccer as well as themselves as a community club.

You can contact Malcolm Roberts on 028 30313244 / 07894 614301

malcolm.roberts@newryandmourne.gov.uk

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