FAI Pathways Plan Meeting

Dear Club Chairperson /Secretary,

In relation to the FAI Pathways Plan the DDSL has recently engaged with the FAI to ensure that all clubs and stakeholders in the DDSL are consulted and given the opportunity to provide their views as sought by the FAI. We support any plan that improves our game and the needs of our clubs, volunteers and, most importantly, our players.


To this end ,the league will be hosting a meeting for all DDSL clubs in conjunction with the FAI on Monday 8th April 2024 at 7.15pm in Clayton Hotel ,Liffey Valley, Fonthill Road, D22 X4W6.


Please note every club is expected to attend and send 1 (one) person only, ideally the Chairperson or Secretary or Director of Football . Please  register your clubs participation on or before 1st April using the link below. This meeting is for DDSL clubs ONLY. 



We are asking each club to hold a meeting in advance of this meeting to ensure our clubs provide a fair and accurate view from the members of your club.


We  and  you will have the opportunity to discuss with Marc Canham, Ger McDermott and the FAI team in detail and share your club views  with them  on the evening.

In addition, the league are preparing its feedback/views which will be presented together with  all clubs stakeholders feedback after the event.

If clubs wish to submit and questions or feedback in advance of the meeting they can send to Barry Ferguson (DDSL Director of Football) at  barry.ferguson@ddsl.ie on /before 5th April 2024,

so we can share and make the most of our time on the night.


On a separate but related matter, the board has commenced a strategic plan for the league and engaged S3 Solutions to manage and assist in the process. We hope to complete this plan by end of June/early July and  to launch the strategy before the new season commences .This is a major piece of work and  will involve workshops with the league, clubs, volunteers and parents over the coming months using a series of workshops, surveys etc. We want the views of 137 clubs,12,000 volunteers and 100,000+ parents/players. It is essential that every stakeholder internally and externally is part of the strategy formulation to ensure we have a clear vision for the league and a strong sense of the values and expectations of all involved in  the DDSL at every level. It the least our kids deserve and we all need to raise the bar and strive to  deliver the best we can at every opportunity in every area of their journey #feelgoodfootball .


It is essential that all clubs take this opportunity on the 8th April to have their say to ensure any Pathways Plan  reflects the needs of your clubs (and all its stakeholders) now and in the future


Looking forward to seeing you all on Monday the 8th !


Yours in Sport


Niall O Driscoll | Chairman

On behalf of the board of the

Dublin & District Schoolboys/girls League