Nomad Ireland is a sports programme from YFC Ireland that uses a portable soccer cage, panna-knockout rules and a team of passionate young interns who promote positive values and engage young people in faith conversations on their turf, throughout the Republic of Ireland.
The Cage allows young people to play a 2-on-2 soccer game called panna-knockout, a game based on skill, control and communication. The cage can be erected anywhere with a flat surface, a school playground or in a sports hall. Strict Health and Safety procedures are adhered to at all times when using the soccer cage, which is manned by Nomad team members only and clear rules are outlined before each session begins.
Our interns are certified FAI coaches and have experience in coaching groups and individuals. The lessons can be conducted with or without the use of the cage, using an indoor or outdoor space, age appropriate and for mixed abilities. Our approach to coaching is to use team building exercises and games to make it a fun experience for all. Our desire is to help young people reach their full potential, grow in confidence and self worth.
During the cage and coaching sessions, the Nomad Ireland team can deliver their MyLife programme looking at the following three areas of life: our priorities, our values and our goals. Using a mixture of life coaching and storytelling techniques the Nomad Team engage young people in a discussion that will help them better understand life and the Christian faith. Alongside our main themes we also cover topics like: bullying and inclusion, health and wellbeing and dealing with prejudice through our “Life-boat” workshop.
What people say
“We had Simon, Liam and Remco in our school with their soccer cage in September. It was suitable for all ages and all abilities and everyone enjoyed it.”
“NOMAD came to Newpark and took PE, RE and SPHE classes as well as
staying back in the afternoon after school for others who wished to play
in this unique cage. The queue was around the corner! Students found
it engaging and fun. Many students had meaningful conversations with
the youth workers who were great role models. I highly recommend this
different approach for curricular support, extra curricular activities or Retreat
Our TY Boys absolutely loved the cage soccer.. Great fun, great for team
building and a quick rotation so everyone got to enjoy the experience & fun!
“We had the guys from Nomad Ireland visit us in Hamilton high school for a
half day with their soccer cage. The students really enjoyed it and couldn’t
get enough. It was well organised and different from anything they’d tried
before. It was good craic and good for working on soccer skills – I would
highly recommend it”.