American Football Ireland (AFI) are delighted to announce an exciting new partnership between AFI and the internationally renowned, Hope Through Football Foundation. Founded by NFL Hall of Famer and Super Bowl Winner Rod Woodson, Hope Through Football is a non-profit association created so that coaches and players can develop, expand and sharpen their football knowledge and skills, all while learning character and life skills. The foundation offers a platform which allows highly experienced coaches and players to share their knowledge and wisdom of the game to football lovers all over the world.
“This is a phenomenal day for our sport and members. We are delighted to agree a partnership with Coach Woodson and the Hope Through Football Foundation. The potential for the growth and development of our members cannot be understated. This partnership will improve the standard of coaching across all areas of kitted, flag and youth football within our association. It is our hope as a board, that this opportunity will also encourage more AFI members to get involved in coaching, and ultimately encourage more young males and females to become involved in playing our sport at all levels. This is a fantastic opportunity for the sport of American football on our island, and I encourage all members to embrace and soak up all the knowledge which Hope Through Football can bring forward” Aidan Maguire, AFI President.
Hope Through Football Founder/NFL Hall of Famer, Coach Rod Woodson stated “Hope Through Football and #sharetheknowledge are super excited to embark on this relationship with American Football Ireland. Opportunities can be explored together with the forward thinking process of AFI. We look forward to a long and growing relationship to benefit the football community in Ireland, whilst bringing international relationships closer. We would like to thank AFI for allowing us the opportunity to be involved.”
Irish Wolfhounds Senior Team Head Coach, Ciaran O’Sullivan stated “Before I was approached by an old friend of football in Ireland, Coach Tariq Ayub of the London Olympians, I had already tuned into several Hope Through Football virtual seminars. I was impressed by the quality of the information being shared, the level of coaches delivering the seminars, the understanding that football is a global game played at all levels and most of all the caliber of the people involved starting with Coach Rod Woodson whose passion for football is infectious and uplifting even in these dark days. When Coach Ayub explained that HTF wanted to explore the possibility of a working partnership with AFI I was delighted to get both parties in the same virtual room working on a partnership. I am looking forward to working with Coach Ayub and Coach Woodson to ensure our players and coaches get the most out of this amazing resource. As Head Coach of the Irish Wolfhounds Senior Team, I will be advising our players and coaches make the most of this wonderful opportunity. At the same time hope that every club in American Football Ireland gets involved and we work to improve Irish football together.”
Coach Tariq Ayub, #sharetheknowledge stated “I am very pleased to help develop the relationship with AFI and Hope through Football. At the core of this is the ability to share knowledge and grow the sport we all love. Immensely proud and pleased Coach Woodson and the AFI have entrusted me with this endeavour. I look forward to working closely with coach Ciaran O’Sullivan.”
“At this time, I would like to thank Coach O’Sullivan and Coach Ayub for putting the wheels in motion so that this partnership could be discussed and agreed. Thank you to Coach Woodson for showing a commitment in helping us grow as an association from a knowledge-based standpoint” Aidan Maguire, AFI President.
American Football Ireland now looks forward to a long and healthy partnership with Hope Through Football. Stay tuned to our website and social media, as our first live session will be coming to a screen near you shortly.