Finn Harps FC are delighted to confirm that Stephen McNutt has been appointed as the club’s Football Social Responsibility Officer. The post is funded by Healthy Ireland in cooperation with the FAI and with Donegal County Council.
Stephen said: “I am delighted to have been successful in obtaining the position of FSR Officer for the Club. The FAI have made this a key area that they feel needs to be developed to the extent that this role will be part of the Club Licence going forward and they will be providing assistance through training programmes. I will be working closely with Derek O’Neill FSR Officer in the National League Department to develop the programme so that we can make a real difference.
With already being involved with the 19’s and 1st Team on the pitch I am really looking forward to helping to make Finn Harps more than just a Football Club. My main goal will be to increase our involvement with the community of Donegal. Football is a fantastic way of bringing people together and making them all feel part of wider football family may they be 6 or 60. The club has taken a real positive step forward to help with Social Inclusion, Health and Wellbeing by making this appointment. Over the next few weeks I am looking forward to linking in with the key people who are already doing fantastic work in this area.”
Harps Chairperson Ian Harkin said “We are delighted to have Stephen in this role for Harps, it’s another real step forward for us as a club. We worked with the FAI, Healthy Ireland and Donegal County Council to get the role in place and were delighted with the quality of applicants. The FAI facilitated the interview process and Stephen really stood out as a brilliant candidate both in terms of his obvious football credentials but also his grasp of the importance of the community and inclusion elements of the role. We are delighted to have him aboard and we’ll be working with Stephen and the likes of Ann Kelly our community officer and learning from John Campbell who built up our schools program over the past 16 years so we can further expand on the great work that has been going on. We would like to thank all parties including the FAI, council, Healthy Ireland who have made this possible and all the candidates who put in such strong applications.”