The Irish American Football Association (IAFA) is delighted to announce that Orla McAleese has been appointed as the General Manager of the Irish National team. As well as her 15 years’ experience in Event Management, Orla has held the position of Event Manager of Ireland’s largest hotel, event and convention centre in Citywest. Orla is the Chairperson of the North Kildare Reapers and has been instrumental in developing the Reaper’s football programme over the past three years.
As General Manager, Orla will be responsible for working with the Ireland coaching staff to put structures in place develop a sustainable and successful National team, with a view to competing against other National teams throughout Europe. Orla will also be responsible for the recruitment of a full time Head Coach of the National programme.
Speaking on Orla’s appointment as General Manager, IAFA President Michael Smith commented “The Ireland programme has been put in place to develop our players to enable them to compete on the International stage. Orla’s appointment as General Manager is part of IAFA’s development of a full National programme which will include Senior, Youth and Flag Football teams and is a step towards competing in international competitions. We look forward to working with her and the rest of the team to continue to develop the programme and squad over the coming months”.
Orla’s appointment as General Manager is part of IAFA’s development of a full National programme which will include Senior, Youth and Flag Football teams as well as Centres of Excellence to develop players and prepare them for the National stage.
“I am delighted to be asked to be involved in the Ireland Team”, Orla said after her appointment. “There was a lot of concern in the direction of team in last few months. IAFA have pushed forward to restructure its backroom management, which is a positive step towards the team’s progression. We have a lot of talented players and coaches in Ireland and it will be a fantastic experience for them at this level.”
In addition, Ciaran O’Sullivan will carry out the duties of the Ireland Senior Head Coach pending the appointment of a permanent Head Coach.