The Irish Football Association (IFA) has embarked on a series of programmes aimed at helping to tackle social deprivation across Northern Ireland. One element of the project, funded by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL), focuses on using football to communicate key messages about healthy eating and mental well-being.
The three-year initiative will involve a number of football coaching programmes in primary schools throughout the province, containing a healthy eating element. There will be nutritional advice for coaches to pass on during coaching courses and a seminar programme which will concentrate on healthy eating and mental health for Northern Irish clubs. In addition, the association will be running a training scheme on first aid and the use of defibrillators.
The IFA's head of marketing and communications Geoff Wilson said: "This is an exciting and groundbreaking programme for us. We will be in schools, clubs and talking to coaches regarding healthy eating and mental health issues. It is hoped that this major education and knowledge-sharing programme will have a major effect on our community."
The project has been made possible thanks to the generous support of the Northern Ireland Executive and the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure through the 'Promoting Equality, Tackling Poverty and Social Exclusion through Sport' programme.
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