FAI to give away free kits as they celebrate 100 year anniversary – but there’s a catch

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The Football Association of Ireland are giving away free kits as they celebrate their 100 year anniversary – but there’s a catch.

Any baby who is born on the launch date of the FAI Centenary celebrations can avail of the freebie.

The Babies In Green initiative is handing out a jersey and shorts to any newborn who arrives tomorrow, June 1.

To score the commemorative birthday Ireland kit, parents need to register their newborn baby via email to [email protected] by June 30.

The campaign will kick-off with a year-long programme of events and festivities to honour the birth of the Association in Molesworth Hall on Molesworth Street in Dublin 100 years ago.

The FAI will also announce a digital history of the game in Ireland, a Hall of Fame to recognise 100 Grassroots Heroes, 100 International Heroes and 100 League of Ireland and Women’s National League heroes.

Association’s Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Hill said: “Tuesday will be a very special day for the FAI and Irish football.

“We really wanted to begin our Centenary celebrations with something a little bit out of the ordinary.

“We are now building a game for the future which continues to be part of the fabric of everyday Irish life but is also relevant and welcoming for a new generation of players and fans.

“The new FAI needs to reflect on and rejoice in the great achievements of the past on the field of play.

“But it must also ensure that it now provides these newborn girls and boys with every opportunity to play the game of football in a fun and safe way as they grow up and enjoy their sport with us.

“We recognise that the world around us is changing rapidly but football remains a constant in the lives of so many.

“We are aware of the duty we have to build the best possible future for these new arrivals and for everyone in Ireland who loves our game.”

As Restrictions ease, other projects are on the way including Centenary games in 2022 and the staging of the Centenary AGM at a Dublin venue close to Molesworth Hall.

Newly re-elected FAI President Gerry McAnaney will chair the FAI’s Centenary Committee.

He said: “Our football history features great players, great games, great administrators, great clubs and great people.

“We owe it to all of them now to mark the first 100 years of the FAI in a fitting manner that reflects the successes on the field at all levels of the game and the remarkable commitment of so many off it to ensure our game has survived and indeed prospered in the years since 1921.

“We have faced many hurdles in those intervening years, none more so than recently, but I have faith in the future of the game because I know the people who look after Irish football as the custodians of our beautiful game.”

FAI Chairperson Roy Barrett added: “I am truly honoured to be Chairperson of the FAI in this, our Centenary Year and I also want to acknowledge those who make Irish football great every day and night of the year.

“They can do that thanks to the selfless efforts of so many over the past 100 years and we will celebrate them in our Centenary Year now and look forward to a bright future for our game.”

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