Cookstown Youth Coach Development Programme Starts Up For the Season Ahead With Financial Backing from McDonalds Cookstown

Cookstown Youth Coach Development Programme Starts Up For the Season Ahead With Financial Backing from McDonalds Cookstown

Cookstown Youth FC have received Financial Backing from the local Cookstown McDonalds, its Community Partner through the IFA GAMES Development Centre. The support will go towards part funding the Clubs Coach Development Programme. Cookstown Youth started this programme last season and over 12 new coaches were mentored by Cookstown youth coaches and went onto do a IFA grassroots award followed by an IFA LEVEL 1 course. Cookstown Youth Coach and IFA/McDonalds Volunteer of the year Niall Hunter Commented, this is a great program for anyone to take up, we put an advert on our facebook page and in the local papers and got a great response, it cost the Club around £400 per person to do the full programme so to get the backing and financial support from McDonalds is fantastic, McDonalds Cookstown through the IFA games development program  has been a great support to our club in the past and continues to work with us. To give you a little idea of what the programme is,  The new coaches are shown a range of drills and Skills and how to set them up by the club mentors and then take age groups at the clubs Development Centre that takes place on a Friday night at the Mid Ulster Sports Arena,  We have already been able to add another age group to our development Centre which gives more young Children from the local area the opportunity to come and play and lean on a Friday night. The next step for the coaches is to get onto the Coaching ladder which starts with the Grassroots and Level 1, and As well as Coaching drills and games the coaches will be put through a 1st Aid in sports and child protection course and have an Access NI Check done. So overall a very good programme to do, we would also like to see these coaches moving on and into coaching and managing our league teams in the future and moving on to do the IFA Level 2. I would like to thank Lisa Bell from McDonalds Cookstown for all her help with this and to McDonalds Manager Claire Hopper for the continued support.

CYFC are now on the look out for the next batch of new coaches to take the step into the world of youth development and are keen to attract anyone with an interest in soccer to get in touch to take part in the next coach development progamme .

For further details please contact Niall Hunter on 07834388298 , or CYFC Public Relations Officer Andy Kelly on 07872901473.

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