Successful Sligo schools soccer programme draws to a close

The FAI, Sligo Rovers, & Sligo/Leitrim Youths Soccer Schools Programme concluded on Tuesday in Carbury National School, Sligo Town (pictured above), and Cloghogue National School, Castlebaldwin (pictured below).


FAI regional development officer John Russell and programme head coach Darragh Healy delivered a classroom session in Carbury based on Sligo Rovers Football Club to fourth and fifth class pupils.

The session included an overview of Sligo Rovers with particular attention paid to the history of the club, the Showgrounds, the current manager and the first team squad. The pupils also looked at European football and Rovers’ participation in Europe and also all the major honours the club has won over the years.

The talk also featured videos of different players speaking about their team-mates. In the videos the players talk about the other members of the squad when asked questions such as ‘Who was the best trainer in the squad?’ and ‘Who is the best player they have played with/against?’.

The session was repeated in Castlebaldwin, however, this time the coaches were accompanied by Rovers first team manager Dave Robertson and the kids were delighted to see him.

The kids in Castlebaldwin got to have a Q+A session with Dave and also completed a mock press conference where they asked Dave questions based on the 3-2 win against Shamrock Rovers this season. Dave also spoke about his background, his experience with Rovers so far and his plans for the future.

Both schools were presented with Sligo Rovers jerseys.