More Than A Club

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The More than a Club Programme is a unique partnership between Cork City FC and the Football Association of Ireland with the objective of creating a sustainable social enterprise in our community which will develop and deliver life sciences and sporting programmes to promote social inclusion.

This programme is funded through the European Regional Development Fund’s Ireland-Wales Programme and will be rolled out by 2 League of Ireland clubs in Ireland (Cork City FC and Bohemian FC) as well as two clubs in Wales (Conwy Borough FC and Haverfordwest County AFC), for an initial eighteen months. Each club will be provided with two full time and two part-time staff for the duration of the project.

Programmes which will be delivered from February 2018 will engage with all age groups in our diverse community including:

  • Numeracy through Football with primary school children
  • Run the Club with young people aged 16-24
  • Sporting Memories with older people
  • Walking Football with older people and people with disabilities

The announcement of Cork City FC’s involvement in the More than a Club Programme is another landmark moment in the success of our wonderful club and comes on the back of our historic treble winning season. Cork City FC is entirely owned and operated by the FORAS supporters trust. One of the main objectives of FORAS is to develop and promote the educational, health, social and personal development benefits of football in the community. We envisage that the More than a Club Programme will build on the current successes of Cork City FC and FORAS and enable it to expand its reach throughout our community to bring about positive change.

More Than A Club Staff Bios

Erika Ní Thuama
Erika Ní Thuama

More than a Club Role: Football Enterprise Coordinator
Professional Background:
During my final year of studying Radio Broadcasting in Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa, I started working full time as a Broadcast Sports Journalist with RedFM in Cork. I was promoted to the role of Producer of ‘The Big Red Bench’ in 2007. I left RedFM in October 2009 to spend time travelling South America and Australia. On my return to Ireland in 2011 I took up a position in Abtran as a Sales Advisor. I completed a certificate in ‘Training and Continuing Education’ in 2013 before moving into a full-time role as a Trainer in 2014. From April 2016 to December 2017, I was Project Training Lead on two high profile national projects. I also held the role as Change Lead which saw me coordinate and administrate assigned change requests including impact assessment and training needs assessments.

Any other interesting information:

  • I was a member of the RedFM sports team that won a PPI National Radio Award for Sports Coverage in 2008. The award was for our coverage of the Cork Hurlers strike – ‘Revolution on Leeside’
  • I sat on the Board of Management of FORAS/ Cork City FC for 3 years from 2012 to 2015 and held the role of company secretary for 2 years.
Chris McDermott
Chris McDermott

More than a Club Role: Football Enterprise Assistant Coordinator
Professional Background:
Since 2009 my professional background has been mostly sport development having moved to Cardiff to study the subject at University South Wales. During this study, I worked part time for Sport Cardiff, the sport development wing of Cardiff council. When my studies finished I began in the role of Football Development Officer for them. This role involved development work in the city, but also overseeing the Disability Football Project for Cardiff City FC for a number of years. Following that role, I worked in Business development for a sports events company and managed my own coach sports coaching business in Cavan/Monaghan before starting in this role. While in these roles, I also have furthered specific education with a Post Grad in Sport Management, UEFA B licence and currently engaged with a Coaching Science MSc.

Any other interesting information:

  • In 2012 when the Olympic and Paralympic games were in London, the project I managed was awarded the Inspire mark as recognition for the great sporting programmes for people with disabilities.
  • I managed some Cardiff City FC disability specific teams to national success in various competitions during my time spent at the club.
  • UEFA B Licence
John O’Flynn
John O’Flynn

More than a Club Role: Football Enterprise Operations Officer
Professional Background: Professional Footballer
I signed for Cork City FC from Peterborough United in 2002. I won a League of Ireland Premier Division title with City in 2005 and the FAI Cup in 2007. I signed for Barnet in 2008 before moving to Exeter City in 2010. I returned to Cork City in 2014 for two further seasons before moving to Limerick in 2016 where I won a League of Ireland First Division title. I have signed for Finn Harps for the 2018 season.

Any other interesting information:

  • Represented Ireland in football at underage level
  • Represented Ireland in Karate (kempo)
  • League of Ireland Premier Division Champion 2005 (Cork City)
  • FAI Cup Winner 2007 (Cork City)
  • League of Ireland First Division Champion 2016 (Limerick)
  • UEFA B Licence

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