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The Irish Football Association is expecting to run a small number of Basic Referee’s Courses in 2014. They will be held in different locations around Northern Ireland with details appearing on this page over the next few months.
The next introductory course will be on Monday 21st July 2014 at Shamrock Park, Portadown. A beginners course will run at the same venue from Monday 4th August 2014.
2014 marks the fourth year of The McDonald’s Irish FA Community Awards.
Recognising and rewarding the people and clubs that are driving grassroots football across Northern Ireland,the awards are split into eight categories:
• Community Relations Award
• Young Volunteer of the Year
• Volunteer of the Year
• Accredited Club of the Year
• Female Coach of the Year
• Disability Football Coach of the Year
• Coach of the Year
• The People’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Football*
*A shortlist will be compiled of three / four candidates who will be voted for by the public via irishfa.com
Grassroots clubs, coaches and volunteers from all over Northern Ireland can be nominated with winners being awarded at both a regional and national level.
McDonald’s has been Community Partner of The Irish FA since 2002 and is committed to supporting, recognising and celebrating the unsung heroes of grassroots football.
Over the last eleven years, McDonald’s have helped young footballers shine by training and recruiting over 25,000 qualified football coaches and offering 2 million hours of free, quality football to young players across the UK.
It is all those who are involved in the grassroots game from the coaches, volunteers, clubs and leagues, across Northern Ireland who dedicate their time to grassroots football in their local community that these Awards recognise.
For more information on McDonald’s grassroots football programme, please visit www.mcdonalds.co.uk/kickstart
Last year's National Winners were presented with their awards by McDonald's ambassadors Pat Jennings, Ian Rush and Sir Geoff Hurst.
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