“From my own area up here in the Sligo Schoolboys League down to the West Cork Schoolboys League and in between, the ETP is now absolutely vital for aspiring young players to get a chance to show what they can do. Put simply, the programme offers footballers an opportunity to train with and play against the best players at their particular age groups. Our Emerging Talent Programme provides that opportunity both regionally and nationally.”
“John Earley of the SFAI brought in that change to allow kids in the ETP to play a minimum of five or six games a year in their respective inter-league championships. You would like to see a lot more games at this level, but it is still a huge change from a few years ago. The increased number of games have been a massive help in developing our players, no doubt about it.”
“Former Republic of Ireland international and Premier League player David Meyler came out of the Emerging Talent Programme in Cork,” Harrison commented.