McDonald’s Irish FA Community Awards open for 2013

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Monday, February 11th, 2013
The McDonald’s Irish FA Community Awards 2013 have been launched to recognise and reward the clubs, coaches and volunteers that make outstanding contributions to grassroots football across Northern Ireland.

Jackie Mooney of Camlough Rovers FC – Winner of the 2012 People’s Award

Last year Newry boasted two winners, with George Moffett claiming the Disability Football Coach of the Year Award for his work with Clanrye ETS; while Jackie Mooney was presented with the People’s Award for his dedication to his local community club, Camlough Rovers FC. The People’s Award was decided by a public vote after a shortlist was initially developed by the judging panel. Speaking about last year’s awards success, Jackie Mooney said, “It was an honour to receive the award, not just for myself but on behalf of the whole club Camlough Rovers. With all the hard work everyone puts in, it’s was a great thrill to receive the People’s Award, to give everyone at the club a ‘well done’ and keep up the good work. “I would like to thank all our club members, and to the many more that voted for me. I’d also like to thank Stephen O’Hara at McDonalds Newry for all his continuous support and Malcolm Roberts Irish FA grassroots officer, who is always on hand to support the club’s developments. George Moffett won the Disability Football Coach Award and he added, “I was absolutely delighted to win this award as it was totally unexpected. I felt very proud both for myself, our club and the players. “I would like to thank Alan Crooks and Mal Donaghy at the Disability Section of the Irish FA for all their hard work and for giving disabled players the opportunity to play competitively and enjoy the game. Nominations are open for the 2013 awards at or so if you know a coach, club or volunteer that deserves recognition for their contribution to the beautiful game at grassroots level please complete an online nomination form.

George Moffett – Winner of Disability Football Coach Award 2012

People are encouraged to follow the McDonald’s Irish FA Community Awards on twitter @2013Grassroots. Pat Jennings, McDonald’s Head of Northern Ireland Football, gave his backing to the awards initiative, “The McDonald’s Irish FA Community Awards are an excellent way of showcasing and paying tribute to the great work that is being done in grassroots football clubs and communities right across Northern Ireland. “These coaches, clubs and volunteers do so much for the local game and their dedication and commitment to the children they coach is exceptional; it is only fitting that McDonald’s and the Irish FA pay special tribute to them as these are the stars of grassroots football.” The 2012 Awards event saw Northern Ireland’s local unsung heroes being celebrated during a gala evening where special guests Sir Geoff Hurst, Ian Rush, Eric Harrison and Pat Jennings joined Northern Ireland Manager Michael O’Neill in helping McDonald’s and the Irish FA celebrate their achievements in the game at grassroots level. The McDonald’s Irish FA Community Awards form a key part of McDonald’s Community Partnership with the Irish FA; a partnership that has been developing grassroots football since 2002 and is helping young footballers shine. This partnership is delivering a lasting legacy for grassroots football through ongoing coach creation and education, a new Club Accreditation Scheme, the McDonald’s Irish FA Community Awards and through a series of regional Small Sided Games Centres. More on this story: Local football hero wins People’s Award at IFA ceremony
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