The Irish Football Association (IFA) has stepped up it’s commitment to use football as a vehicle to combat racism in Northern Ireland this week through a coach education programme in Belfast.
This year’s IFA National Coaching of Coaches Courses has a star studded Tutor line up with Senior International Team Manager, Lawrie Sanchez and Scottish International Team Manager, Walter Smith topping the bill. Other names who will be acting as Tutors include the legendary Don Howe of Arsenal FC and Steve Kean, first team coach at Fulham.
IFA Community Relations Manager, Michael Boyd explains:
“With support from the EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation and the Northern Ireland Community Relations Council, this week we have brought in anti-racism Trainers to deliver training to 62 Coaches who are completing their B Licence coach education programme at Stranmillis College. These Coaches are from a wide variety of backgrounds and represent all strands of football from women’s football, schools football, and junior football to senior Irish League clubs. The anti-racism training is designed to challenge Coaches to use the sport of football to combat racism and create a more inclusive culture at their clubs”.