Local football hero wins People’s Award at IFA ceremony
Local sporting hero Jackie Mooney is celebrating this week after scooping the People’s Award at the IFA McDonald’s Community Awards in Belfast City Hall.
As a player, manager and now Chairman Jackie has dedicated his life to growing his local village club, Camlough Rovers, within the local community.
Jackie initiated and drove the process of securing funding to build a new football pitch, clubhouse and changing facilities – all whilst organising the senior men’s football teams.
He also set out and established youth structures to develop local talent in the underage section. The club now boasts 11 youth teams, providing the opportunity for hundreds of local children to be part of a team and represent their local community.
Jackie is now sourcing funding and planning permission for a new 3g pitch which would ultimately allow the club to move into Championship football.
He is intrinsically involved in all elements of the club and has driven their transformation; he regularly steps in at short notice to help with coaching or managing teams and he was involved in building the dug outs and will still be seen cutting the grass at the club.
SDLP MLA Dominic Bradley who attended the ceremony said Jackie was a deserved recipient of the award.
“Heartiest congratulations to Jackie and the family on a very well deserved award. It was great to attend the ceremony and hear about all the great work that is being done for all the young people,” Bradley said.
He added, “Jackie and his family and all the volunteers who work for the club, along with all of the players can be very proud tonight on receiving this wonderful accolade.”
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