Dundalk ETB Course Launched
The FAI and FAS launched their Dundalk ETB course at DKIT Sport today. Two Dundalk FC – Patrick McEleney and Jamie McGrath – was present. Speaking to dundalkfc.com McGrath feels it offers a brilliant opportunity to the young people.
“It looks like a very good programme. Listening to the presentation and those involved speaking it looks like it will benefit everyone. It’s great to see so many players who have gone through the course.
“It’s great that it offers these people a route into football straight after the Leaving Cert. It give s a good balance of football and learning too. They get to play football every day and learn about football and life.
“Getting even qualifications in other things outside of football and even in football offers great opportunities. ”
McGrath had a similar experience through St. Patrick’s Athletic and he went through their scholarship programme in Maynooth and he feels it was vital to his own progression.
“Yeah, I got a great help with St. Patrick’s Athletic and they gave me a great chance with NUI Maynooth. I got a degree in Business and Management out of it with. It was a three year degree and it allowed me to play full-time football like the boys did today.
“It is great to have and it got me a degree in the back pocket so I can focus on football which is brilliant. It gave me a fantastic opportunity and I was delighted for it. ”
For McGrath, pre-season is just a month away and the Athboy native is already looking forward to the new year with the work for the season already underway.
“Danny is putting on sessions for us. So if we are around and feeling up to it we can go and do it. We have our own programmes also.
“We are kind of back into the swing of it now, we have our full pre-season starting in a few weeks and we are looking forward to getting back playing. ”
Also speaking at the launch was Ger Coughlan of the FAI and he praised the opportunity the players are getting pointing that it isn’t all about football but life and career progression.
“It’s brilliant, the course is for lads who haven’t finished their Leaving Cert and even those who haven’t done it. It will help them get up to around 400 points and gets qualifications if they want to be gym instructors or coaching. There’s opportunities in America for them to go coaching.
“It offers great opportunities for young people.
“There is around 20 courses in the country for this which is great. It doesn’t necessarily have to be sports it prepares people for – we have had people who have gone on to be guards and mechanics. We have players in the League of Ireland too and A Licence coaches.
“Some in the Premier League in England. Some girls have gone on to play professionally across the world too so the progression rates are brilliant.”