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Stay Onside

Old Paths – New Futures

The Irish FA Foundation award winning ‘Stay Onside’ Programme is a series of programmes aimed at young people and young adults to divert and deter them away from offending.

The programme is delivered in both custodial settings (Maghaberry, Magilligan, and Hydebank Wood) and also in community settings in partnership with community stakeholders. 

Participants as part of the programme, complete the following workshops;

  • - Basic Coaching Skills
  • - Laws of the Game
  • - Football Fan Behaviour and Online Abuse 
  • - Mental Health in football
  • - Women in Football
  • - Racism awareness 
  • - Disability Football 
  • - Graduation Event 

Participants gain essential skills and knowledge during the workshops, which provides them with the opportunity to volunteer in IFA events, gain coaching and or refereeing qualifications and build their CV. 

The Irish FA Foundation is proud to partner with the Department of Justice, PSNI and NI Prison Service in providing a programme that has a real impact on the lives of the participants and the communities that they live in.

For more information on the programme please email Mark Dennison – Stay Onside and Fresh Start Through Sport Co-Ordinator -