Irish FA – Stay onside
The Irish FA Foundation is the charitable arm of the Irish FA and exists to further equip the association to foster and grow the sport.
For the past 141 years, the Irish Football Association has organised, promoted and developed football. It has discovered some of the greatest talents to ever play the game, helped make history in major tournaments on the world stage and perhaps most important of all, engendered a life-long love of football in generations of men and women.
The Irish FA Foundation award-winning ‘Stay Onside’ Programme is a series of programmes aimed at young people and young adults to divert and deter them away from offending.
The programme is delivered in both custodial settings (Maghaberry, Magilligan, and Hydebank Wood) and also in community settings in partnership with community stakeholders.
Participants as part of the programme, complete the following workshops;
- Basic Coaching Skills
- Laws of the Game
- Football Fan Behaviour and Online Abuse
- Mental Health in Football
- Women in Football
- Racism awareness
- Disability Football
- Graduation Event
Participants gain essential skills and knowledge during the workshops, which provides them with the opportunity to volunteer in IFA events, gain coaching and or refereeing qualifications and build their CV.
The Irish FA Foundation is proud to partner with the Department of Justice, PSNI and NI Prison Service in providing a programme that has a real impact on the lives of the participants and the communities that they live in.