The Sports Direct FAI Summer Soccer School programme will enter its 22nd year in 2018. Over the years, the camps have grown to become the largest programme in the Grassroots Department of the Football Association of Ireland.
The camps aim to provide children between the ages of 6 and 14 the opportunity to attend a week-long football summer camp over the holiday period. Every year boys and girls of all abilities turn out to enjoy five days of fun and football. It doesn't matter if you're just a beginner or if you have your sights set on Robbie Brady's number 10 shirt, you will have fun and learn a lot out of the Summer Soccer Schools.
Football is, ultimately, a game and at the Sports Direct FAI Summer Soccer Schools we believe games should be fun. While participants will learn new skills and tricks, the most important element of our camps is that they are fun and that all children enjoy them.
Our camps are fully inclusive, so if your child has a disability he/she is more than welcome. If your child requires additional assistance, no problem – we'll get a coach in to specifically ensure that your son or daughter has a fantastic experience. Every child should have access to play football, and we recognise that sometimes it's just a little extra assistance that will enable them to flourish. When you're making your booking, be sure to flag if your child's condition warrants one-to-one coaching.
We have had some famous graduates of the Summer Soccer Schools throughout the years. Shane Long, John O'Shea, Megan Campbell and Katie McCabe all attended their local Summer Soccer School as children and look at how much they've achieved in their football careers!
A record number of camps took place last year which saw the highest amount of participants ever playing the beautiful game with us in July and August. With most of our camps completely sold out in 2017 so be sure to keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for announcements on when bookings will open!