Esker Football For All train on Saturdays in Hermitage Park from 10.00-11.00m


Esker Celtic have seen an unprecedented interest in our Football For All programme but we are now re-opening for new players
Please call Keith Nolan on 085 7793113 or send an email to keith@eskerceltic.ie for more information

Frame Football

Esker Celtic Frame Football train on Saturdays from 13.30-14.30pm


Esker Celtic have seen an unprecedented interest in our Frame Football programme but we are now re-opening for new players
Please call Colm Young on 087 2503456/Keith Nolan on 085 7793113 or send an email to keith@eskerceltic.ie for more information

Esker Celtics involvement in Football for All

Saturday September 8th 2013 saw a new venture for Esker Celtic FC. The first "Football For All" kicked off under the watchful eye of Oisin Jordan from the FAI. Seven young people turned up for training today and on such a sunny day it was an absolute perfect start for this new team. So with their Esker Celtic bibs on, they headed out into the thick of the action in Hermitage Park and met their coaches. Training kicked off straight away and the levels of enthusiasm from players and coaches was amazing! Players were able to show off their dribbling, passing and shooting skills to all who watched. As the session went on it was clear to all that Football For All would attract a good crowd with friends and family all arriving and lending their support to the players. Our own local Fine Gael TD Derek Keating also arrived to give his unconditional support. Even some of our Under 14 Major team players, Kevin Doyle, Callum Jones & Jack Conway were on hand for a challenge match which they all thoroughly enjoyed! The session went so quickly that one or two players (and coaches) didn't want it to end! Today was a clear signal that "Football For All" had arrived at Esker Celtic and hopefully will become a standard part of what it means to be a football club in the 21st Century!

Esker Celtics involvement in Frame Football

2016 saw a new venture for Esker Celtic FC. The first "Frame Football" kicked off under the watchful eye of Oisin Jordan from the FAI. Eight young people turned up for training for the perfect start for this new team. Training kicked off straight away and the levels of enthusiasm from players and coaches was amazing! Players were able to show off their dribbling, passing and shooting skills to all who watched. As the session went on it was clear to all that Frame Football would attract a good crowd with friends and family all arriving and lending their support to the players. The session went so quickly that one or two players (and coaches) didn't want it to end!

What is it?

The programme will give players with disabilities between the age of 6 and 14 years the opportunity to get regular football training and competition through a local community club in their area. The training they will receive will be professional and delivered by qualified FAI coaches recruited through a network FFA coaches from partnerships developed by the FAI with our business community.

The Rationale

Everybody regardless of their ability should have the opportunity to access football in their local club ensuring the FAI promotes an ethos of inclusion within the football community. Players receiving their training at local clubs will provide regular football, a feeling of belonging to a club, competition and a safe environment in which to express themselves. Most of all, players will have a pathway into mainstream teams if they improve to a level capable of competing in mainstream competition and, if not, they will continue to enjoy the game they love with their club.

How Can My Child Get Involved?

If you want to get your child involved in the programme please contact Esker Celtic Football for All Co-ordinator Keith Nolan on 085 7793113. Training is every Saturday from 10:00-11:00am.

If you want to get your child involved in the Frame Football please contact Esker Celtic Frame Footballl Co-ordinator Colm Young on 087 2503456. Training is every Saturday from 13:30-14:30pm

Check back for regular updates!

A big thank you to Stephen Rice from the FAI for delivering a Disability Awareness Workshop to our junior coaches on Saturday


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Key Objectives of the Programme

1. Establish a network of FFA clubs through our community clubs in each county of the Republic of Ireland.

2. Increase participation of players with disabilities aged 6 - 14 years in football through an inclusive environment

3. Identify and develop talent for our elite disability squads (VI, CP, Deaf)

4. Educate and train coaches working with players with disabilities

5. Support participating clubs through the following areas:
a. Education
b. Financial
c. Media/Promotions
d. Volunteers

6. Establish inter-club/regional/national Football For All competitions over next 5 years

7. Profile the Association as an inclusive governing body and continue its reputation as the forerunner in best practice.