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McDonald's Irish FA Community Awards


2016 marks the sixth year of The McDonald’s Irish FA Community Awards.

The 2016 Award categories are;

1.     The Respect Award                                                                                         

This National award will recognise both referees and game officials including coordinators of Games Development Centres, club volunteers and spectators who promote fair play and respect amongst players and other spectators both on and off the pitch. In particular those who promote and demonstrate ‘Silent Sidelines’.

2.     Volunteer of the Year                                                                                  

This Regional award recognises men and women who volunteer their time in any capacity in grassroots football and includes coaches, committee members, fundraisers, kit washers etc.

3.     Accredited Club of the Year

This National award recognises clubs who have not only achieved but exceeded the minimum criteria for Foundation Mark Club status and worked continually with Irish FA Regional Grassroots Development Officers.

4.     Young Volunteer of the Year

This National award recognises anyone under the age of 24 who volunteer their time in any capacity in grassroots football and includes coaches, committee members, fundraisers, particularly MV Goldmark Volunteers!

5.     Disability Football Team of the Year                                                         

This National award recognises any club, school or community organisation who works with children or adults with special needs, and has excelled in promoting participation and or performance in 2016.

6.     Coach of the Year

This Regional award recognises male and female accredited coaches with a minimum of a level one coaching qualification. In particular those who coach within the Games Development Centres.


2016 brings the 6th annual McDonald’s Irish FA Community Football Awards which aim to recognise and reward the people and clubs that are driving grassroots football in Northern Ireland.

The Awards build on the continued commitment of McDonald’s to improve standards of community football and to increase participation across all aspects of the game through the Foundation Club Mark Scheme.

McDonald’s has been the community partner of the Irish FA for the past 13 years. During this time they have helped support hundreds of grassroots clubs to raise the standards of grassroots football across the country.

McDonald’s and the Irish FA understand the time and dedication that is required to help coach young players; while providing a safe and fun environment for children to flourish. This is your opportunity to let the Irish FA know about the wonderful work that happens in your community to help the grassroots game to flourish.

For more information on McDonald’s grassroots football programme, please visit

The Peoples Award for Outstanding Contribution to Football – Eugene McGeehan presented by Pat Jennings

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