The FAI and Vi-Ability are currently partners in the EU funded “More than a Club” project which aims to develop football based social enterprises aligned with professional football clubs in Ireland and Wales. These new football enterprises are delivering innovative social programmes focussed on health, education and social inclusion for a wide range of people from school children up to elderly people in many communities across Ireland and Wales.
As beneficiaries of the European Regional Development Fund via the Ireland Wales Cooperation programme 2014-2020, the FAI and Vi-Ability are celebrating Europe day by flying the Irish, Welsh and EU flags at FAI HQ in Dublin.
Europe Day is celebrated every year on 9 May. The date marks the anniversary of the historical ‘Schuman declaration’. At a speech in Paris in 1950, Robert Schuman, the then French foreign minister, set out his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe, which would make war between Europe’s nations unthinkable.
Schuman’s proposal is considered to be the beginning of what is now the European Union.