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The Minister for Social Protection, Éamon Ó Cuív TD, has announced arrangements for a new work placement initiative in the community sector which can benefit participating football clubs and

The initiative which has been developed by his Department following consultation with the FAI and other agencies will be known as Tús, and will provide 5,000 short term working opportunities for people unemployed for over a year. The placements will be with community sector organisations, including football organisations, to support the delivery of their services.

How can Football Club and Leagues benefit from the Scheme?
Football Clubs and Leagues will play a key role in the scheme as it is anticipated that they will propose and provide work placements that will provide participants with valuable working opportunities in good quality work settings.

Clubs and Leagues can benefit from the scheme by being able to gain from the work carried out by the participants. The type of work that can be carried out includes but is not limited to; Facility Management, Coaching activities, Administrative work, Facility Maintenance, Marketing and Communication initiatives.

How can Clubs / Leagues register an interest to take part in the scheme?
Clubs and Leagues with work placement opportunities should register their interest in the scheme with the Local Development Company operating in their immediate area.

The contact details for the 52 Local Development Companies can be downloaded by clicking here

Clubs and Leagues will then be required to submit a detailed work proposal outlining the work to be undertaken, the number of Participants requested etc. for consideration by the Local Development Company.

Following an assessment of the proposal, the Local Development Company will contact the Club or League directly advising them of their decision in relation to the work placement.

If you would like to find out more about the scheme you can download an FAQ list by clicking here.

Further information is also available from your Local Development Company or from the Department of Social Protection.

Other Club and League Schemes
The scheme outlined above is just one of a number of schemes that the FAI is facilitating in order to benefit its members. Others include: The “Shared Access Scheme”, The “3” mobile phone affinity scheme and “The Walk of Dreams” initiative.

Information in relation to all of these schemes is available on the FAI website; www.fai.ie

Yours sincerely

John Delaney
Chief Executive

The Aviva Club of the Month Award for 2010/2011 has reopened and is accepting entries for the new competition. Over the course of the next 5 months, 8 worthy clubs will be named as the Aviva Club’s of the Month and will go forward to attempt to emulate the success of Kingscourt Harps FC who were named the 2010 Aviva Club of the Year in August.

The Aviva Club of the Month recognizes the efforts of each club to promote, foster and develop football in their own community but also examines the greater role of clubs in their own areas through social inclusion programmes and through the use of their own facilities.

Each monthly winner earns €1,500 for themselves along with the coveted Aviva Club of the Month plaque. The club will then be invited to attend this year’s Annual General Meeting of the FAI in Clare where they will be able to showcase their club and compete for the overall prize of €5,000 and the title of Aviva Club of the Year 2011.

If your club is interested in entering the competition simply follow the link below and fill out the entry form for your chance to become the Aviva Club of the Month.