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Welcome Youth FC prepares for official launch

Welcome Youth FC is hosting its official launch on Saturday 23 May from 11am to 1pm at the Drogheda Amateur Boxing Club (DABC), Moneymore with fun and games galore for both children and parents, and everyone is welcome to attend. While Welcome Youth FC was founded in September 2014, with the election of the WYFC Committee at an AGM, it has taken many months to activate the club with fundraising and to train volunteers. The activities finally kicked off in January 2015 at the gymnasium in the Drogheda Institute of Further Education (DIFE), and the summer season will continue at the all-weather pitch at DABC. Thus, the club would like to thank the DIFE, DABC, and the Louth County Council for assisting them in attaining a facility for training. The club caters for children aged 4-9 years and new members are always welcome.

WYFC is a club dedicated to social inclusion and the very nature of involvement and participation in sport for those with fewer opportunities. It is a club run by people who understand what it is like to feel left out due to social or financial difficulties. WYFC encourages the involvement of parents and children to create a club for each other so that everyone has an opportunity to get involved. The WYFC Committee consists of a dedicated group of parents and volunteers committed to providing opportunities in sport for children in their local community. A spokesperson for the club added that “All the coaching volunteers will be given opportunities to develop their skills through appropriate coaching and community development training incentives, and all volunteers will comply with attending child protection training and undergo Garda Vetting procedures.” However, it was also stressed that while it is a football club, it is more concerned with fostering community development and the well-being of its members by creating a safe environment for children and parents to participate socially as well as physically, rather than concentrate on competitive football. The head coach for the club notes that there is a lot of pressure being put on children in underage soccer in Ireland, with too much emphasis on competition and not enough consideration for participation, so our coaching philosophy is quite simple “participation and involvement before competition.” The WYFC Chairperson, David Kelly would like to thank everyone involved for all their input and would like to extend his gratitude to Barbara’s Ice-cream Van for sponsorship and also Direct Democracy Ireland who have just recently sponsored a new kit for the U-7 and U-9 teams, and will be revealed on the day of the launch.