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Football Academy Progress Report

We're just finished the 6th week of our girls football academy training on Sunday mornings in Fairview. The aim in the short term has been to provide an appropriate outlet for further development for a number of the older girls from the various weekly Fun Direction activities. These are a dozen girls (aged 7-10) that above all want to progress "to play on ... More

North Inner City Girls Football Academy

Six girls from Fun Direction played in the Fingal Festival of Football Girls U9 blitz last Saturday, August 15th in the AUL complex in Clonshaugh. This is the first time the project (and 5 of our 6 girls) has participated in an outside event and hopefully it will be the first of many ! The girls did us proud with four keenly contested 12 minute 5-a-side ... More

More Scary Studies on Obesity in Ireland

Today's World Health Organisation study on obesity in Europe puts Ireland at the top of a league nobody wants to be leading. It predicts 89% of Irish men will be overweight or obese by 2030, more than any other European country while 85% of Irish women are predicted to be overweight or obese by then also. Can we imagine the pressure this is going to create ... More

Unlike Man U, Fun Direction made it into Europe this season !

There's a popular myth (in Ireland at least) that 4-time football World Cup winners Germany traditionally wear green as their "change" kit because Ireland were the first team to play Germany after World War 2. Given Ireland are unlikely to ever win the World Cup, this was one small link us Irish football fans THOUGHT we had with a superpower of ... More

From Fun to Full Potential

Congrats to Coaching Ireland for a great line-up this weekend in Sligo for the 11th National Coaching Forum titled "From Fun to Full Potential - Coaching the Whole Athlete". International experts shared some fascinating thoughts and research on child development within sport, participation through the life cycle and coaching philosophy. There was a ... More

Making Kids Welcome in Sport

  In the TV business, the old saying goes "Never work with children or animals" but when it comes to sports coaching and children, experience has taught me the key is to be well prepared. While you have to be constantly on your toes, some little tricks can make life a lot easier and the beauty is every time I go out I learn something new. Most ... More

It’s not all about Sport !

"It's More than Sport" is our tagline. Hopefully this conveys the idea that participating in sports can do so much for developing a child's confidence, learning discipline, meeting new friends and learning how to win and lose with dignity. More on these topics another day but additional activities that we were keen to incorporate directly in the ... More

Fun Direction debuts in East Wall July 2014

Project Fun Direction was born last Monday July 28th when we began our first ever multi-sport activity in St Mary's Youth Club, East Wall, to provide 40 local girls aged 5-8 with a gateway into organised sport. After months of preparations pulling together all the resources required to bring this community project to fruition, it was a relief to ... More