Release Date: 17/08/2012
WITH support from UEFA, the European Governing Body of Football, the Irish FA is working in partnership with the Amalgamation of Official Northern Ireland Supporters Clubs (AONISC) and the Institute for Conflict Research (ICR) to develop a new Football For All (FFA) Fans Strategy.
International Manager, Michael O’Neill has joined members of the Irish FA’s Community Relations Department and representatives of the AONISC on the steering panel overseeing the development of this new strategy which should be ready by January 2013.
Michael O’Neill said: “I would like to thank UEFA for their kind support of our FFA work. The idea is to consult with and work in partnership with the AONISC to develop a new strategy with supporter driven ideas which promote FFA around internationals. It is important we all move forward together as one.”
Irish FA Head of Community Relations, Michael Boyd added: “Fans have always been at the heart of FFA and this new strategy is about ensuring we continue to have a Northern Ireland football identity in the future which celebrates the rich diversity of our players, supporters and local community.”
AONISC Representative, Ray Cordner said: “FFA is about creating a fun, safe and inclusive culture throughout all levels of the game. This new strategy aims to build on the progress made in recent years promoting FFA around internationals.”
Former Northern Ireland international players, representatives from the local media, members of the Irish FA’s FFA Advisory Panel, a cross community youth forum and Northern Ireland Supporters Clubs will all be consulted with during the development of this new strategy.
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