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Tuesday 29 Aug 2017
Football Club welcomes in the local community

Strabane Athletic FC were the latest club to host the Irish FA/McDonalds Community Football Day at Melvin Sports Centre, Strabane.

Working with the Irish FA Regional Grassroots Development Officer, Kevin Doherty, local coaches and volunteers provided football activities to engage the whole community.

In addition to small sided games and an opportunity to develop fundamental movement skills there were penalty shoot-out & crossbar challenge competitions.

Local stores provided light refreshments and music & bouncy castles were on site to keep everyone entertained. The programme was designed to increase community involvement in football and to promote health & well-being.

Supported by McDonalds, Irish FA & PCSP it was also an opportunity to promote & increase awareness in our support services including, PSNI, Community Recue, Fire and medical services.

Kevin explained: "Full credit must go to Seamus Mcelroy and his club Strabane Athletic for organising a fantastic day. The club are currently going through the Irish FA McDonalds Club Accreditation process and have been extremely pro-active in developing their coach & volunteer workforce to provide more opportunities for local players.

"It was great to see the whole community coming out to support the programme and especially the amount of parents getting involved in the Mums & Dads penalty shoot-out competitions. I’m sure we can now create some veterans teams for our ‘Back in the Game’ programme.’

See for yourself how the day went by clicking here