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Club and Community Development Clinics

Newry and Mourne Grassroots Development Centre is offering the opportunity for club officers, coaches and volunteers to come and raise issues that affect their club and its members, coaching or playing. Building upon the successful piloting of Club and Community Development workshops, the aims of the clinic are to discuss issues and give guidence and where possible set up club consultations to directly address club needs.

The clinic which will be facilitated by Malcolm Roberts GDO will give a brief presentation overview and then recieve questions from the floor.

If you would like any questions to be addressed then please write or email at least 4 days prior to the clinic.


Monday 25th February 2008

At Newry City FC, the ‘bridge’ of South Down and South Armagh, there was a link emerging in other ways that could inform the future of Grassroots Development of football.

A series of six unique workshops created as a result of an increasing number of football clubs who seek assistance in managing their affairs both on and off the field of play.

The workshops are adapted from Rural Community Network’s Training for Trainers course. Gareth Harper, Programmes Manager with Rural Community Network, explained ‘At the core of Rural Community Networks’s work is a commitment to building and supporting community development practice across rural Northern Ireland.’ Gareth continued ‘It is great to see the course materials and skills gained through participation on RCN’s Rural Community Development Training for Trainers Course being developed, adapted and used to support grass roots development work through this football focus.’

Over the past 18 months the Newry and Mourne Grassroots Development Centre has engaged with eight clubs ranging from the Irish Premier League to the Local Youth League, in a sustained effort to plan, action and review the clubs’ performances in terms of administration, coach and player development and most importantly, community outreach events.

The blend of increasingly popular Club Development guidelines and a respected and established Community Development Tutors programme has brought us to what will be, quite possibly, the future of Grassroots Development where our ‘Grassroots clubs’ are in a position to attain the ambitions that their community desires.

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Ten participants from nine Clubs embarked on the series of workshops. They represented all levels of local football, from Valley Rangers in Kilkeel, Warrenpoint Town and Newry City FC to Rathfriland Juniors, Camlough Rovers and Tulleyvallen in Armagh.

Attending the launch, from the Irish FA, was IFA President Raymond Kennedy who addressed the members of the workshops and said, “ These workshops can move Grassroots Development up a level..” he went on to congratulate the Grassroots Development Centre in Newry and Mourne as well as the club members who have embraced the opportunity to take pro-active steps to further their club and themselves.

For more information please contact

Malcolm Roberts

Or +44 28 30313244 +44 7894 614 301

Camlough Rovers Christmas Eve football

Following a successful football coaching morning organised with Malcolm Roberts (I.F.A. Grass Roots development officer) at Halloween, Camlough Rovers held another football day on Christmas Eve from 10am – 3 pm, opening their club to all boys and girls (both members and non-members). Thankfully weather conditions were good allowing players aged 5 years to 14 years to enjoy an active fun day of drills, penalty shoot out and mini matches. Following a good response, the club plans to organise more similar football sessions open to all during the spring and summer months.

Camlough Rovers would like to thank Kellogg’s for their sponsorship towards equipment for the youth football, without their help coaching days for all would be limited. The club would also like to thank all who supported the “Night at the Races” on December 29th.
The club are on a fundraising drive to enable them to meet the new requirements set by the I.F.A. for the 2008/09 season, requiring all clubs to complete work by April 2008. if anyone is interested in supporting the club in their efforts to get maximum use of their land in order to provide a football facility accessible to all age groups, gender, background and abilities, or for any information with regards to the club than contact Jackie Mooney (Chairman) 07775502261

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UEFA Grassroots Summer Coaching Award

This award is to recognise the tremendous efforts of local community groups and councils in their provision of community based coaching programmes organised through the summer.

Newry and Mourne District Council Sports Development Committee and Carrivemaclone Community Group together with the Grassroots Development Centre and Lisdrum Celtic FC, provided coaching sessions for over 60 children aged 4-12 at the local playing fields.

This event was co-ordinated with consideration to best practice procedures as outlined by UEFA/IFA guidelines as well as understanding all the different levels of ability.
This event will be considered along with other entries from Europe to win overall Grassroots Summer Coaching Award decided by a UEFA panel.

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Mr Alan Willis from the IFA coaching and development committee presented the award of 40 footballs and t-shirts to the Carrivemaclone Community Group as well as a certificate to acknowledge their efforts. He also presented the Deputy Mayor Charlie Casey a certificate to recognise the important role that Newry and Mourne District Council plays in offering quality summer sports coaching. This year was the largest summer sports programme with 16 sports played over 35 venues.

This year Sports Development Officer Dermot Russell said. “ The diversity and depth of sports coaching this year has proven that our youngsters are committed to active lifestyles contrary to the many negative reports we hear. I would like to thank those young people who supported the coaching schemes and trust they will remain engaged in sports at all levels.”

To contact Newry and Mourne Sports Department call 30313264
Or Malcolm Roberts on 07894614301

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Carginagh Road Playing Fields

Official opening of the showers and changing facility at Carginagh Road Playing Fields Kilkeel on Saturday 9th December at 12noon.

The Council are delighted to announce the official opening of the showers and changing facility at Carginagh Road Playing Fields, Kilkeel and the local voluntary soccer clubs are now availing of this new facility. The Council are acutely aware that the soccer teams from the Mournes area had to endure difficult changing conditions for a number of years at this site and this new facility will offer the opportunity for young teams both male and female to change and meet in a safe and secure environment.

The Mayor of Newry & Mourne District Council Cllr Michael Carr said:

"I wish the associated leagues who organise fixtures at this site, the Newcastle and District League and the Carnbane League, every success in the future and I hope that this venue in conjunction with these governing bodies, the local soccer teams and Council officials involved in the promotion of soccer, ensure that this important facility becomes a centre of excellence.”

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To access the Match Reports Click the Links Below:

St. Joseph’s ,Crossmaglen- 2, Bangor Academy- 1 (U-14 N.Ireland Soccer Schools Cup)

St Joseph’s, Crossmaglen 3 St Gabriel’s, Belfast 5 (U-16 NI Schools cup – first round)