Trapattoni to name squad for Croatia clash

GIOVANNI TRAPATTONI will name his Irish squad for next month’s friendly against Croatia on Friday, when he and Marco Tardelli attend the FAI’s Festival of Football in Clare on the eve of the association’s AGM in Ennis.

Marking the events this week, the FAI announced yesterday that €100,000 will be shared among 28 clubs and leagues in the county.

“There is a programme of continuous development for football facilities in Clare and these grants will encourage more excellent work,” said FAI chief executive, John Delaney.

“We have also provided grants towards equipment and programme development to improve standards and drive participation numbers.”

The grants awarded to clubs and leagues range between €1,000 and €10,000 and will be used by the recipients to improve their facilities or equipment.

A grant of €14,000 has also been made available for football development programmes in Clare and €13,300 worth of equipment in the form of goalposts, balls, bibs, cones, is also being distributed.

Councillor Pat Hayes, the Mayor of Clare, hailed the Festival of Football and AGM as a significant boost to the development of football in the county.

The FAI road show began yesterday with visits to clubs such as Connolly Celtic, Corofin Harps, Moher Celtic, Burren Utd and Sporting Ennistymon. As well as the club visits by FAI officials, development officers, coaching staff and football personalities there will be An Post Summer Soccer Schools in Moneypoint, Newmarket-on-Fergus, Kilrush, Shannon and Ennis during the week and Football Fun Days in Lahinch, Shannon, Kilrush and Scarriff.

Around 250 delegates representing every FAI league, divisional association and affiliate are expected to attend the AGM and will arrive in Clare on Friday ahead of that night’s Delegates Dinner in the West County Hotel at which the winners of the Aviva Club of the Year and the Noel O’Reilly Coach of the Year awards will be announced.

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