FAI Senior Soccer Team trip
On Monday 23rd May, 32 students from first, second and third year, along with Mr Ryan and Mr Kearney were invited by the FAI and Bank of Ireland to watch the Irish senior soccer team train at their Abbotstown headquarters as they prepared for the upcoming European Championships in France.
On arrival at the FAI HQ, the students were greeted by officers of the football association and given a brief talk on the protocol for the day as were each given a wristband to enable access through the security points.
The students and teachers then watched as the Irish team were put through their paces by Roy Keane.
After the training session the students were invited to line up and meet and greet the players who gave freely of their time for autographs, photographs and of course the odd ‘selfie’. Some students had Irish jerseys to be signed, copies of Roy Keane’s autobiography and phone covers as well.
The players and staff of the FAI could not be complimented enough for the way in which they spoke to the young lads and the manner in which they conducted themselves. John O’Shea was first player through and he was followed by over twenty other players. Favourites for the students included John O’Shea, Aiden McGeady, Shane Long, Jon Walters and James McClean whilst for Mr Ryan a lifelong Aston Villa fan, Ciaran Clark. Roy Keane proved to be the hero for all and had witty little one-liners for the students which they found to be hilarious.
After the training and meet and greet with the players, the TCS party moved back into the FAI buildings where they were treated to lunch courtesy of Bank of Ireland in conjunction with the FAI. This went down well with all, and to mark the exemplary behaviour of the students, they were each then given a sticker album for the upcoming Euros.
This was a great day for these young football fans and memories of this day will live long in the memory.
For one particular student, he almost received a hug off of Roy, such was his enthusiasm for an autograph and a photo! Whilst Roy also managed to put some ‘manners’ on TCS’s tough centre half!!!
Sincere thanks to the FAI for the access to the players and staff, whilst a special mention must go to Bank of Ireland who invited the students along to this closed training session. Pics here