McDONALD’S HEAD OF NORTHERN IRELAND FOOTBALL CALLS ON COMMUNITIES TO NOMINATE GRASSROOTS HEROES FOR 2016 AWARDS
Pat Jennings, Northern Ireland’s most capped player announced the launch of the 2016 McDonald’s Irish FA Community Awards at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park. The Awards programme is in its sixth year and honours grassroots clubs and the volunteers who give up countless hours to ensure that football takes place every week throughout Northern Ireland. The awards have six categories including The Respect Award, Volunteer of the Year, Coach of the Year and the coveted The People’s Award (for Lifetime achievement in Football) which celebrates an individual’s outstanding contribution to grassroots football.
On the awards, McDonald’s Head of Northern Ireland Football, Pat Jennings, said: “The Irish FA and McDonald’s Community Awards are about recognising those who play a vital role in the development of the grassroots game across Northern Ireland. These people are out on the pitch, whatever the weather, to ensure that youngsters can get out and train. They provide football to youngsters in a fun and safe environment allowing them to focus on developing their skills and progress as footballers. Without their dedication football in this country wouldn’t be the same.”
Nominees will be honoured at regional level before being put forward to a national judging panel featuring legends of the game including Northern Ireland’s greatest goalkeeper Pat Jennings and members of the Irish Football Association. The selected national winners will go on to receive their awards at a national ceremony held at the National Football Stadium in November.
Nominations for McDonald’s Irish FA Community Awards are now open. To vote for a football club or volunteer go to www.irishfa.com/mcdonalds-