Aims & Objectives


Project Objectives:

  • Establish Futsal (5-a-side indoor football) Education Centres (Hubs) in the cross border region that will deliver Futsal & education to socially marginalised groups;
  • Establish pan disability (multi-disability groups playing on the one team) clubs in Ireland. Both the
  • The Hubs will each hold a year-long course for 30 participants and will use Futsal to engage target groups in further education. Established clubs will be engaged & assisted to offer pan disability football within the Hubs to develop an ethos of inclusivity.
  • Joint research will be conducted during the project in order to determine its impacts.  It will highlight social and community changes and how the project will positively impact on communities.
  • A major part of the content is delivery of coaching sessions by participants within the community to targeted groups.
  • The project will facilitate the exchange of best practice and knowledge transfer amongst the Football Association of Ireland, the Welsh Football Trust, key stakeholders and local communities.

Project Aims:

  • To conduct a feasibility study to assess the need for local football led Hubs;
  • To establish Hubs which would show best practice; develop an exchange programme; and promote and establish community forums;
  • To research the effectiveness of Futsal in disadvantaged areas as a tool towards social inclusion;
  • To integrate pan-disability football into mainstream football clubs;
  • To jointly manage the project and roll out effectively in both regions.
Partner ERDF (€) Total Project Budget (€)
Football Association of Ireland LP 1,083,566 1,468,908
Welsh Football Trust 345,440 495,757
Total 1,429,006 1,964,665

Counties in Ireland where the project is carried out:

Cork, Dublin, Kerry, Kildare, Meath, Waterford, Wexford, Wicklow

Counties in Wales where the project is carried out:

Conwy, Denbighshire, Isle of Anglesey, Flintshire


Name Organisation Email Telephone
Derek O'Neill - Project Manager Project FUTSAL Football Association of Ireland, National Sports Campus, Abbotstown, Dublin 15 derek.oneill@fai.ie 00353 1 8999322