Regarding the recent events around the former CEO of the FAI - John Delaney,

Regarding the recent events around the former CEO of the FAI - John Delaney, the Dublin & District Schoolboys League want to recognise the contribution and hard work that John has made during his tenure as CEO to grassroots football. The league acknowledges the fact, he was heavily involved when the DDSL became the first affiliate from the football family to be afforded the opportunity to avail of office space in the FAI facility in Abbotstown. This was made possible by the tireless efforts of John that enabled the league to move from a rented space off O’Connell Street, a move that allowed the league to grow from 13,000 players to approx.: 24,500 today under his stewardship.

John along with members of the facilities development unit were instrumental in assisting clubs from the DDSL and from around the country with their grant applications, (not only cutting the ribbons on facilities), he followed up on a regular basis with clubs offering further help and advice, his door and the facilities development unit are always open, through his hands-on approach.

His achievement in getting the UEFA 17s finals to Ireland is a tremendous boost to underage football here. The opportunity for young players to aspire to play at a higher level will hopefully be evident during the finals and can only add to Ireland and its’ young players profiles. This, coupled with the games in Euro 2020 scheduled for Ireland provides evidence of the importance of having an experienced voice at UEFA.

When the opportunity arose, the league was delighted to be invited by John to become involved with the development of the new playing facilities in Abbotstown, now a top-class facility for young players to train, develop and enjoy their football, in the hope they will go on to represent Ireland at International level.

Under the leadership of the former CEO, the FAI has developed and grown into an organization that is working with the grassroots of Irish football, providing courses for young coaches, child welfare, and facilities management, to encourage more people to become involved in our great game.

With the recent changes announce in the structure of the organisation, the experience and contacts John has nurtured throughout the wider football family, (within FIFA & UEFA), over the past number of years can only be of benefit in the development and enhancement of the game in our country in the future. The league view this as an opportunity for the Executive Vice President to continue this work with both FIFA & UEFA for the good of Irish Football.

Dublin & District Schoolboys League

No further comment will be made

29/03/2019 22:01