Irish Football Association Grassroots Development Programme

The Grassroots Football Development Programme is a partnership between the Irish Football Association Foundation and Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. The purpose of the programme is to create a structured approach to the development of football council wide to enable everyone to reach his or her full potential within the context of football.

The main focus for the Regional Grassroots Development Officer is to deliver The Irish FA Youth Strategy - Let Them Play.

With an on-site Regional Grassroots Development Officer and Let Them Play Officer based at the IFA Football Community HUB in Lough Moss Leisure Centre, Carryduff the programme aims to identify initiatives and create an environment, which ensures that everyone has access to and can contribute to the Football Development Programme in their area regardless of age, gender, religion or ability.


What is Grassroots Football Development?

In short, all non-elite football. It is for boys and girls of all ages and abilities from any background. This includes players, parents, administrators, teachers, coaches and volunteers. This equates to 98% of all football and it is the foundation of the game.

Programme Details:

For more infromation, please click on the links below:

Holiday Camps

McDonald’s Programme 

Back in the Game

Coach Education 

People & Clubs

Grassroots & Football Books 

If you would like to find out more information regarding any of the programmes highlighted please contact the IFA Foundation Regional Grassroots Development Officer, Phil Melville:

IFA Grassroots Development Officer Phil Melville
Tel: +44(0)7967 459738