MAKE no mistake about it, the Irish Football Association is one of the true giants of world football. A lofty claim perhaps but despite a population well below two million, despite only having just over 960 registered clubs and despite being able to draw from a pool of approximately 25,000 players spread over less than 5,500 square miles the influence the association had – and still does – on the game across the globe is immeasurable.
As the undoubted cornerstone of the sporting fraternity in the country, the Irish FA have a critical role to play in supporting and nourishing football and it’s positive impacts both at home and abroad. To this end, David was invited to be keynote speaker at the annual conference that focused on generating even stronger bonds within Team IFA. Taking the sporting metaphor as his theme, David delivered a session that inspired delegates to think critically about their central role in catalysing sporting passion in their communities, and ignite that same passion in those at Team IFA charged with the essential work of supporting, nurturing, and developing the dividends that football affords all it’s stakeholders.
Speaking of David’s role in the event, Head of Operations William Campbell said:
David was instrumental in making our event memorable and a total success. David was professional and thorough in his preparation, and his presentation was slick and masterful. He had the audience’s attention from the beginning and built a rapport with them. His session was and is the subject of many long hours of discussion – it was captivating and thought provoking. Wonderful!
Delegate feedback was exceptional on the day, and The Irish FA continue to drive the significant social, economic, and cultural benefits of professional sportsmanship in football in Ireland.