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McDonald's Club Mark

The Irish FA as part of the new Let Them Play youth strategy, is pleased to announce the new McDonald’s Club Mark which amalgamates all club development pathways under the McDonald’s brand. 

The McDonald’s Club Mark is a benchmarking system to help clubs instil a culture of best practice and strive to a quality standard that will help them become all-embracing in the community.

We hope that this will contribute to clubs being more successful and sustainable. This scheme attempts to provide clubs at all levels of the game with a standardised tiered accreditation system.

The McDonald’s Club Mark has been designed with a view to supporting clubs and club volunteers to raise standards both on and off the pitch.

The McDonald’s Club Mark is a process by which a club will receive a significant amount of support and guidance with a view to developing further and establishing itself as a community hub.

The Irish FA is delighted to have McDonald’s on board as the sponsor of the Club Mark programme. This programme has been developed through the amalgamation of the existing McDonald’s Foundation Club Mark and the now defunct Irish FA Club Excellence Mark accreditation.

The McDonald’s Club Mark will provide clubs nationwide with a step by step process by which they can aspire to develop and improve their provision. The criteria have been designed, in consultation with Sport Northern Ireland, to ensure clubs are as inclusive, safe and well-structured as possible at the end of the various stages of the accreditation. 

The McDonald’s Club Mark is a tiered system with three different levels of accreditation: Foundation Club Mark (entry standard), Club Mark (Countrywide target) and Advanced Club Mark (top standard).

For further information, contact Diarmuid O’Carroll: diarmuid.ocarroll@irishfa.com

The Stages of the McDonalds Club Mark


Club Mark

Advanced Club Mark