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Release Date: 30/08/2012

There is only a few days left to nominate your grassroots football hero in the McDonald’s Irish FA Community Awards 2012 so make sure you’ve nominated that deserving person at

Nominations remain open until midnight Tuesday 4th September so if you know a coach, club or volunteer that deserves recognition for their contribution to the beautiful game at grassroots level and to the local community please fill in the online nomination form.
Voting for the ‘People’s Award’ category will also close at this deadline.  Whether it’s Moyola-man Raymond’s long-standing commitment to sport in his local area; Steven Lowry’s development of the women’s game in Carnmoney or Jackie Mooney’s amazing transformation of his local club, Camlough Rovers, it’s up to you to decide who wins this category and you can vote online at the awards website.

The grassroots awards initiative is an important part of McDonald’s Community Partnership with the Irish FA, a partnership that is celebrating ten years this year and is helping young footballers shine.  This is delivering a lasting legacy for grassroots football in Northern Ireland through ongoing coach creation and education, through a series of regional Small Sided Games Centres and through a new Club Accreditation Scheme which will raise standards for local clubs by ensuring they have appropriate structures in place. 

McDonald’s has also recently launched a new website dedicated to grassroots football, entitled McDonald’s Kickstart, where local clubs can secure funding for development projects, get access to once-in-a lifetime opportunities like your child’s chance to walk out as a Player Escort at Windsor Park and useful information on coaching or running a club.  For full details visit
Goalkeeping legend Pat Jennings spearheads the programme through his role as McDonald’s Head of Northern Ireland football.  He attended the inaugural awards event last year and is looking forward to recognizing more grassroots heroes at this year’s awards.

“The McDonald’s Irish FA Community Awards 2011 was a great experience and it was an inspiration to meet the local coaches, clubs and volunteers who do so much for the game at grassroots level.  I’m looking forward to meeting our new grassroots heroes at the 2012 awards in November and rewarding their amazing efforts for the game we all love.” 

Nominations can be made at

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