FAI project will fund Bohs’ community work

FAI More Than A Club Launch

Bohemians are delighted to have been chosen as one of two beneficiary clubs to receive support and funding through the FAI’s new More Than A Club initiative.

The project, run alongside the Welsh social enterprise Vi-Ability and funded by the European Regional Development Fund, aims to strengthen clubs’ community links.

Bohs and Cork City were picked after 11 SSE Airtricity League clubs made presentations to the FAI outlining proposals as to how they would utilise the funding.

The project will empower Bohs to hire Football Enterprise Coordinators for an 18-month period to build the club’s work in the community and to complement the strides already made in this area by the Bohemian Foundation.

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Welcoming the announcement, Bohemians President Chris Brien said: “We are delighted to participate in the project and will benefit from having three employees – two full-time and one part-time – working exclusively in the community on behalf of the Bohemian Football Club.

“It will allow us to significantly expand the excellent community work we are already doing in our catchment area.”

The FAI will also provide guidance from the project management team on how to develop the Football Enterprise scheme and the social programmes.

FAI Project Manager Derek O’Neill said: “The FAI believes that engaging with the community in a more inclusive way can positively affect a football club’s prospects of sustainability.

“Participating in innovative community partnerships can facilitate this.

“The FAI is delighted to have secured this EU funding, which will be used full to support the two clubs to develop their community remit.”

FAI Director of Competitions Fran Gavin said: “The Consultation Process Report recognised that along with sporting and business interests, community engagement was another essential development pillar of successful and sustainable football clubs. The club’s five-year strategic plans have shown a strong emphasis on community engagement.

“This community focus can serve to attract new club stakeholders with more people, businesses and agencies becoming advocates of the club and admirers of the programmes which they can deliver. The clubs can become more than just football teams and be more relevant to more people within their communities.”

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