Caitlin Collighan’s Futsal success


Saints Foundation’s Education in Football and Futsal Development Programme launched in 2011, and has been steadily growing every since. 

32 students are set to graduate from the programme with a BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sport this summer, with a cohort of 10 female students also being introduced into the programme in 2015.

Caitlin Collighan is one of ten girls who started out with the Foundation in 2015 as part of our very first cohort on the Ladies Futsal Scholarship, purely so she could pursue her interest in football while continuing with her studies.

Caitlin has grown as a person and a player since then, showing that on this scholarship programme hard work and dedication pays off. Caitlin possesses all the necessary qualities to go on to further education at University when she graduates this summer, and use it as a springboard to achieve great things in future.

She herself admits it’s been an encouraging environment to develop in, commenting, “Throughout the two years of being on the Scholarship I have been able to develop both through education and on the Futsal court. I have surpassed my target grades which has given me the opportunity to now go on and further my education at University.”

The qualities and skills she has developed on the programme have helped her achieve her educational grades, but will also undoubtedly help her as a person in the future as she progresses onto the next stage of her journey as a university student and futsal/football player.

She has also achieved highly on the football front, whereby this season she finished as the leading goalscorer in the Ladies National Futsal League and also received an invitation to trials for the Northern Ireland Ladies Under 19 team, which is an exceptional achievement.

Caitlin recognises the achievements she has made, stating, “Winning the top goalscorer award for both the Ladies Futsal National League and Cup is a huge honour for me. Through playing Futsal I feel it has developed my 11 a-side game also and helped me to achieve international recognition with Northern Ireland at U19 level – this I something I am extremely proud of.”

Caitlin has been a credit to herself and her family for the duration of her time with us and  on behalf of everyone at Saints Foundation we would like to wish her luck for the future. Caitlin is the perfect example of ‘potential into excellence.’

To find out more about or apply to join the Education in Football and Futsal Development Programme, both at St Mary’s and at our Satellite sites click here.

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