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Release Date: 29/05/2012

Northern Ireland goalkeeping legend Pat Jennings is calling on all football fans to make sure they nominate their local grassroots football heroes for the McDonald’s Irish FA Community Awards 2012, ahead of the regional awards deadline on 12th June.

The McDonald’s Irish FA Community Awards were launched last year to recognise and reward the clubs, coaches and volunteers that make outstanding contributions to grassroots football across Northern Ireland. This year McDonald’s and the Irish FA are hosting regional awards in three categories in advance of the main awards ceremony to reflect the grassroots work taking place in local communities.
Volunteer of the Year, Coach of the Year and Accredited Club of the Year will be judged on a regional basis and the winner of the categories will then be shortlisted for the overall awards.  The deadline for nominations for the regional awards is 12th June and nominations can be made at or ‘Kickstart’, McDonald’s new grassroots football website, 

Another new category, the People’s Award, is being introduced for 2012 and nominations for this category can also be made until the 12th June deadline.  A shortlist will then be devised by the judging panel and a public vote will be coordinated through the Daily Mirror to allow the public to decide the winner of this category.

Goalkeeping legend and McDonald’s Head of Northern Ireland Football Pat Jennings welcomed the new regional awards element for 2012

“It was great to see the support and dedication people have for grassroots football getting deserved recognition last year and this year’s regional awards will allow us to reward even more people in 2012.  It is important we acknowledge our local coaches, volunteers and clubs who are working wonders for grassroots football and for Northern Ireland society in general.  The awards form a key part of McDonald’s Community Partnership with the Irish FA which is celebrating ten years this year and we are looking forward to recognising the selfless commitment of those who are enabling the growth of grassroots football across Northern Ireland.”

The inaugural McDonald’s Irish FA Community Awards took place last year and local unsung heroes were celebrated during a gala evening where special guests Sir Geoff Hurst, Pat Jennings and Eric Harrison helped McDonald’s and the Irish FA to celebrate their achievements in the game at grassroots level.

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    Pat Jennings - McDonald’s Head of Northern Ireland Football.

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