The Football Association of Ireland has commenced the first ever strategic review of the amateur game in Ireland and is examining every aspect of the amateur game with a view to producing a strategy for its future development. As part of the review the FAI is seeking the opinions of people involved in the games at all levels in order to understand their concerns, issues and ideas for making their game better. To make it easier for those involved in grassroots football to have their say the FAI have arranged a series of consultative workshops at 14 venues around the country including one in this area which will take place in the Shamrock Lodge Hotel, Athlone on Tuesday, September 10, at 7 pm. ‘This is an opportunity for clubs, players, coaches, administrators, officials, fans and other stakeholders to have their say,’ said FAI Chief Executive John Delaney. ‘The FAI recognises that the foundations of football are built at local level and we are committed to the development of a more effective amateur game structure and the provision of appropriate organised and quality competitive football opportunities for all involved. ‘We want to hear what those on the ground are thinking. We want to know what they think is wrong, what is working and what are their ideas and suggestions for the future development of their game,’ added Mr. Delaney. The meetings are being facilitated by the FAI’s external consultants, Genesis, and members of clubs in Westmeath, Offaly, Longford and Roscommon are invited to attend. Those unable to attend the meetings can make a submission to firstname.lastname@example.org .