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Irish F.A. Placement opportunity in Sustainability




The Irish Football Association was founded in 1880 and is the fourth oldest governing body in the world.

Our Mission:

To promote, foster and develop football for all in Northern Ireland.

Our Vision:

A world-class progressive organisation; inspiring every child to be part of the Northern Ireland football family and to wear their green shirt with pride.

Our Values:

· Progressive

· Inclusive

· Transparent

· Collaborative

· Healthy & Safe

· Excellence

· Socially responsible

In January 2022, we launched our new corporate strategy- A Roadmap for Football, this new strategy covers all levels of football across Northern Ireland, from improving performance and participation levels of football across Northern Ireland, from improving performance and participation levels to improving facilities, generating revenue, engagement, women’s and girls’ football and corporate social responsibility.

This is the first time we have had a dedicated pillar for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) & Sustainability. The Irish FA recognises the key role that football can play in driving social change like this, our role is to address our environmental impact and work to address the challenge of climate change. As well as this we will support the football family across Northern Ireland to create positive change in their own communities, this will include providing educational opportunities and a suite of resources for them.

Internally we have already started to make positive changes. We have created a board subcommittee on Sustainability which includes members from three companies in the Irish FA Group- the Irish FA Board, Irish FA Foundation Board and Stadium Development Company Board. This subcommittee also includes staff members. With the support of UEFA we have also appointed an lead for Football and Social Responsibility who oversees our efforts on FSR across the association. It was important for us to get this buy in before we moved forward with our aim of committing to net zero.


As part of this we are working to create our first ever Sustainability Strategy, and we are recruiting for a placement student to support us to document our carbon footprint.

The placement student will work alongside Irish FA staff, energy consultants, and UEFA to document the carbon footprint of all activities from the Irish FA Group. This will include gathering data on the emissions that we cause directly through our travel and business operations and our value chain emissions

For a football association such as ours, we have a significant carbon impact from:

· The energy required to run the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park

· Fans travelling to games via road, train and even planes.

· Team and business travel.

· Food, drink and merchandising that we purchase and sell.

· Impact of our sponsors.

· Waste from match days and non-match day events hosted at the stadium.


Place of work- National Football Stadium at Windsor Park

Part time placement, with flexibility for the student.

Expense will be paid.


Gavin Nelson for further information.

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