Oriel Park was the home of a Don’t X the Line under 6 blitz which included two teams each from Shamrocks F.C, Muirhevna Mor F.C, Glenmuir F.C and Quay Celtic F.C. All teams played each other six times, with each game lasting 6 minutes.
School and Community Officer for Dundalk Football Club, Liam Burns, described the event as “a huge success”, when speaking with dundalkfc.com.
“The Don’t X the Line Campaign was a huge success for everyone that participated and we got really good feedback from all the teams, coaches and parents that was involved in it and we hope to be able to run more events like this in the future. It was an event set up by our Head of Youth Development, Martin Connolly, and Mick Neville from the FAI to promote the good behaviour from grass-roots football right through to professional level.”
Paul Martyn FAI, over in Dublin working closely with the local communities promoting the message we promote here in the UK, and also in partnership with DXTL , Paul has massive success in Dublin with the parents and children as the below article tells you.
“We are one of the pioneers of the Don’t X the Line Campaign in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division and I hope more clubs follow suit soon. I think it is vital that we teach children the importance of respect to other players, coaches and referees and encourage good sportsmanship and fair play from the age of 6 years old and above.”
The Don’t X the Line Campaign was established in 2003. It is a campaign that began for the promotion of good behaviour throughout grassroots football. Some of the organisations already on board with Don’t X The Line include both Merseyside clubs, Liverpool F.C and Everton F.C, The FA, PFA, LCFA, ECFA, NCFA, Barclay’s Premier League and Football League, to name but a few. The FAI urges all clubs to fully get behind the campaign and support it in every way possible.