The Irish Football Association Foundation and Tennis Fundamentals have joined forces to offer a skills camp with a difference.
The inaugural camp is part of the Irish FA Foundation's extensive holiday football camps programme, which is running at 29 venues across Northern Ireland this Easter. But it is offering a mix of football and tennis rather than the usual sole focus on football.
Kris Lindsay, the foundation's Recruitment and Retention Officer, explained: “We are always trying to enhance our camps and dual sport camps are a way for us to reach out to user groups who would not normally consider playing football.
“This camp will allow children to try a new sport and work on transferable skills from within both sports in a fun, safe and inclusive environment.”
At the camp, which is running at Wallace Park in Lisburn from Wednesday 19 April to Friday 21April, children aged 5-13 will be able to experience quality coaching in tennis as well as football. The coaching sessions will begin at 2pm and finish at 5pm each day.
Kris added: “Through this fun-filled pilot camp we are aiming to develop a multi-sport approach to skills development as well as provide another opportunity for children to get active in the Easter holidays.
“If it is successful we would hope to build on it by rolling out similar activities right across Northern Ireland in conjunction with a variety of sports.”
For full details and dates of all the Irish FA Foundation holiday football camps this Easter, including the camp at Wallace Park, visit www.irishfa.com/footballcamps.