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    Bonner pleased with camps

    FAI Technical Director Packie Bonner and Republic of Ireland manager Brian Kerr spoke today of their delight over the success of the FAI 7Up Summer Soccer Schools which are currently running throughout the country.

    Over 15,000 children are expected to attend the 150 camps set up around the country with each camp having a number of qualified coaches who will lend their expert opinion to the children.

    Bonner believes that getting the children involved in playing football is the main objective of the camps and hopefully a number of them can develop and help build the future of Irish soccer.

    "Itís all about participation. Many of these kids have not played organised football and our aim is for them to come out here, really enjoy what they are doing, and hopefully when itís over, they will want to continue to play," said Bonner.

    The camps will be running throughout the next month with Bonner and Kerr attending most of the schools during that time and the Ireland manager believes that it is important for kids in rural areas to receive expert coaching.

    "Particularly in rural areas, the children wonít have played that much and we try to get them out, give them proper coaching and let them enjoy it. Itís all about making sure they enjoy it," said Kerr.

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    Participation the key


    Republic of Ireland manager Brian Kerr and FAI Technical Director Packie Bonner were in Salesian College, Celbridge, on Tuesday as part of their ongoing tour of the FAI 7Up Summer Soccer Schools.

    The camps, organised by the FAI, continue to go from strength to strength with 15,000 children expected to attend this year's 150 organised camps, where they will receive excellent instructions from qualified coaches in a
    friendly environment aimed at encouraging participation.

    "It's all about participation," said Bonner. "Many of these kids won't have played organised football and our aim is for them to come out here, really enjoy what they are doing and, hopefully, when it's over, they will want to continue to play.

    "But we also cater for children who are already playing and the coaching they receive is excellent. All our coaches are fully qualified and we have a ratio of about one coach for every 15 children.

    "As well as having loads of fun in the schools we hope to recognise and encourage the new Robbie Keanes and Damien Duffs of this country. These are the future of Irish football."

    Ireland manager Kerr, who was Technical Director up until last year, also emphasised the importance of participation. "Particularly in rural areas, the children wouldn't have played that much and we try and get them out, give them proper coaching and let them enjoy it. It's all about making sure
    they enjoy it.

    "Of course the good players are always going to stand out and they will be catered for, but we want everybody to come out. It's a great opportunity for all children."

    With this in mind, the FAI has introduced a number of 'girls only' camps this year. "We hope to encourage more girls to take up football at an earlier age," Kerr said. "All the camps are mixed, but hopefully the girls only camps will encourage more girls who maybe wouldn't have played to come out."

    Bonner will also be coaching at ten specialised coaching courses this year, after last year's four goalkeeping events proved a massive success. "We're trying to cater for everybody and there's lots of kids who want to be goalkeepers and they will be given special coaching at these courses," Bonner said.

    This year, each participant will receive a special 7Up Soccer Superskills CD-Rom, which was developed by the FAI in association with 7Up and Dublin Bus, that will provide children with a further medium from which to learn skills associated with Irish greats, Keane and Duff as well as World Cup winners like Zinedine Zidane and Roberto Carlos.

    All participants will also receive a special FAI/Umbro branded football kit, a new edition FAI football as well as free 7Up every day. All children need to bring with them is a packed lunch. The fee per person is Ä69.

    For more information call the special FAI 7Up Summer Soccer Schools number 1850 653 653.


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    Post 7UP Soccer Schools Launch

    7UP Soccer Schools Launch

    The 2003 7UP Soccer Schools Launch will take place tomorrow (Tuesday), 8th July at the Salesian College, Celbridge, Co Kildare at 2.00pm Republic of Ireland International Manager Brian Kerr will be in attendance, together with FAI's Technical Director Packie Bonner.

    This year's 7UP Soccer School is expected to attract over 15,000 school children in over 120 venues throughout the country.


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