Galway City’s new Football Development Officer pledges to help increase participation in the sport

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The FAI has announced Emer Flatley as Galway City’s new Football Development Officer.

Emer Flatley is taking over from Nigel Keady who has new role as FAI Regional Manager after holding the position of Football Development Manager in the city for eleven years.

The role supports grass roots clubs across the city and delivers programmes to increase participation in football among more disadvantaged groups.

Looking forward to the role, Emer Flatley said that she is “delighted to have the opportunity to step into the role of Football Development Officer and continue to work alongside the Galway City Council to provide a multitude of programs throughout the city.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for me to continue on the great work that has been done previously, and help increase participation in football in Galway,” said Emer.

Galway City Council Chief Executive Brendan McGrath welcomed the appointment, saying that participation in sports in the city is important for the health and well-being of everyone.

“Partnering with the FAI in co-funding this position highlights Galway City Council’s support for the provision of physical activity programmes at a grassroots level across all ages and abilities across all our communities,” he said.

The new FAI Regional Manager Nigel Keady, said they are delighted with the announcement as they continue the strong partnership with Galway City Council.

“As our new Football Development Officer for Galway City, Emer will assist with the development of football in local communities, grassroots clubs and with our volunteers through various inclusion programmes, coaching and the promotion of football,” said Nigel.

Football has proven to be an excellent tool to engage with a broad number of communities, and this facilitates positive social inclusion.