Back of the net!
We’ve seen unprecedented interest in the perfect work and travel programme for football mad individuals aged 18-30, particularly in the North of the country and we couldn’t be happier to become an addition to ‘The Harps’ fantastic support in Donegal!
This new partnership is designed to both support and raise the profile of League of Ireland clubs and also provide it’s community with the opportunity to be hired to spend an entire summer coaching kids aged 5-17 in the United States
To celebrate the launch of this new partnership we are also bringing our first Assessment Day to Donegal, with our first ever confirmed date, taking place in Letterkenny on the 23rd Feb. It’s free to register and gives you the chance to lead a number of training drills that could lead to being offered a contract on the day!
Speaking of the announcement our Soccer Camp Coordinator, Gary Quinn was effusive in his praise for the standard of coaching in the North of the country. “We’ve been blown away over the last few months by both the commitment shown by participants in Donegal, travelling to the likes of Galway and Dublin to previous assessment days, and the high standard of coaches coming from the area. That is why we are so excited to be able to partner with the pinnacle of Donegal soccer in Finn Harps and cannot wait to uncover the next crop of fantastic coaches in this part of the country”.
The opportunity to coach across the US has never been more attainable, with no necessity of coaching badges required to apply for the programme. Above all we’re looking for fun-loving, enthusiastic students and non-students, with a passion for soccer to have the summer of their dreams while passing on this passion to a nation where soccer is finally taking off!
One of our newly hired coaches, Chris from Cardonagh (pictured below) and his three friends attending our most recent Assessment Day in Galway recently. We got his view on the experience and the summer that lies ahead in Cincinnati.
“Challenger’s [our partners] coaches and co-coordinators laid out the day’s proceedings very clearly at the beginning. Each participant had to demonstrate a football drill of their choice, which can range greatly in difficulty or to what age(s) it is aimed at. The coaches look mainly for enthusiasm and energy when you’re demonstrating and coaching your chosen drill.
They created a pressure free and fun environment. I coached my drill and acted as one of the players in the other participants’ drills. For anybody who is considering going to one of the assessment days, one tip I would have would be to try to choose a fun drill because that’s why the kids are coming to these camps and the other participants will be more eager to partake. All the other participants were really enthusiastic and friendly. It was good to meet them as we may be working at the same camp(s) during the summer.
Three of us got contracts in Cincinnati. It looks like a really nice place and I’m really looking forward to spending the summer out there and experiencing a different culture”.
Did you know that soccer is now the second most played sports in the US at under age levels? The MLS too is attracting unprecedented levels of support with the Seattle Sounders eclipsing the average attendance at Anfield during the 2015/16 season. Despite a short and pretty unsuccessful stint as the first US manager in the Premier League, Bob Bradley’s short lived reign as Swansea manager has also increased the profile of the game Stateside.
The game is only on an upwards trajectory and with the help of USIT and Finn Harps, we hope to be able to continue sending Irish coaches to America for years to come, helping them have the unforgettable experience of working abroad while adding a a significant amount of sparkle to any CV.
Here’s to a great summer ahead of hundreds of Irish coaches and a positive start to next season for The Harps, starting at home to Cork the day after our Letterkenny Assessment Day.