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14 May 2020
© Cliftonville FC Cliftonville Ladies' Girls Small Sided Games Programme

Danske Bank Premiership and Women’s Premiership clubs have been recent recipients of financial support from the UEFA Fair Play Project for a variety of community projects.

The UEFA Fair Play Project rewards nations based on their fair play results obtained from all UEFA competition matches played at both club and national team level.

The Northern Ireland UEFA Fair Play Project was designed by the Irish Football Association and links to their “Let Them Play” strategy by supporting clubs in offering a coaching programme for female players or players with a disability.

In total 19 programmes were successfully delivered in schools, clubs and community centres between May 2019 to March 2020 resulting in 524 participants, 326 coaching hours and 8,490 participant opportunities.

The programmes delivered by each club are as follows;




Ards in the Community - Kick Project

Ballinamallard United

Female Participation Programme

Ballymena United

Castle Tower Football Camp

Carrick Rangers

Girls Football Programme

Cliftonville & Cliftonville Ladies

Girls Small Sided Games Programme


Bannsiders 1927 Disability Programme

Crusaders & Crusaders Strikers

Baby Ballers Programme

Derry City Ladies

Increasing opportunities for girls

Dungannon Swifts

Just Play Project


Primary School Project


GFC Let Them Play Project

Glentoran Women

Glen's Future Stars Programme


Linfield FC Disability Section

Linfield Ladies

New Beginnings

Portadown Ladies

Girls Get Football

Sion Swifts Ladies

Little Dribblers

Warrenpoint Town

Girls Programme


As a collective, clubs achieved the overall objective of developing or improving playing opportunities for female players or players with a disability and is another great example of the hugely positive impact Irish League clubs are making in their local communities.

Programmes delivered by Ballymena United and Cliftonville FC were recognised as best programmes and have received additional support to allow the continuation of their inclusion programmes.  

* Eligibility of clubs for this funding was for clubs competing in the  NIFL Premiership or Women’s Premiership in the 2017/18 season