McDonald’s and the Irish FA are looking for clubs, coaches and volunteers from across Northern Ireland to nominate someone special within their community for a 2013 Community Award.
The McDonald’s Irish FA Community Awards aim to recognise and reward the unsung heroes of grassroots football, and the latest football figure to call for the public to nominate a worthy volunteer is the Irish FA’s Grassroots Development Manager, Trevor Erskine.
Speaking about the 2013 Awards, Trevor said: “Northern Ireland has a thriving grassroots football community with cities, towns and villages reaping the benefits of the time and efforts that volunteers put in to helping run the game.
“Thousands of boys and girls throughout Northern Ireland enjoy playing football every week, but this wouldn’t be possible without the support of the coaches, clubs and volunteers who make that possible. This is why they deserve some special recognition, so if you know a club, coach or volunteer who is worthy of some special recognition then visit www.mcdonalds.co.uk/KickStart or www.irishfa.com/communityawards and nominate them today.”
Northern Ireland legend Pat Jennings joined Trevor to encourage the people of Northern Ireland to nominate someone from their community for an award. He said:
“The tireless work being done by volunteers, clubs and coaches enables footballers of all ages and abilities to enjoy the game we love. This enjoyment wouldn’t be possible without these volunteers, and I think the Awards are a fitting tribute to their efforts. I’d encourage everyone who benefits from grassroots football to nominate someone today and give them the regonition they deserve.”
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.
Nominate today at: www.irishfa.com/communityawards