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Grassroots Football Awards 2021

The McDonald's Irish FA Grassroots Football Awards are a celebration of those who contribute hours of their time for the good of football in Northern Ireland.

The awards, now in their 21st year, recognise the incredible work and commitment of football clubs and volunteers within grassroots football, who give up their time to enable the local game to flourish and grow. 

The categories are:

Young Volunteer of the Year

This award recognises the contribution young people make in the community within grassroots football. The category is open to young people from 14 to 24 years of age that make a significant impact in helping to support and develop opportunities for people to participate in the local game especially throughout the difficult conditions over the last year.

Volunteer of the Year 

This award recognises the countless hours that dedicated volunteers across Northern Ireland give to help their local club and game. Nominations will be accepted for anyone whose involvement in football has helped to develop others and the grassroots game. Given the impact of COVID-19, we are looking for examples of volunteers who have embraced the changing demands of the game within their community e.g. covid officers, development of online courses etc

Wes Gregg Coach of the Year

This award recognises the outstanding contribution of a qualified coach (NCC/ Level 1 certificate and higher) at a grassroots club or Fun Football provider. Someone who encourages people starting, staying and/or succeeding in football through high quality coaching and who adapted to life throughout lockdown to find new ways to keep their players engaged.

Football for All award 

This award celebrates an individual or club who has put inclusivity at the heart of the ethos of their club and has excelled in promoting Football for All. The winner of this award may have started a new girls’ and women’s team, developed a disability programme or used football as a power for good in their community through the introduction of mental health or cross community programmes.

Club of the Year 

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of McDonald’s in Northern Ireland, this year we will be shortlisting 30 Irish FA clubs across Northern Ireland. With this award, we recognise the clubs who have shown strong growth and progress in their community both on and off the field as well as recognise the impact McDonald’s has had, and continues to have, across Northern Ireland through its support and sponsorship of grassroots football.

The People's Award

The People’s Award recognises the outstanding contribution that an individual has made to football in their local community and beyond. 

You can vote for selction in this category - Hilbert Willis (Loughgall FC) or Dominic Dewart (Chimney Corner FC) - by clicking here

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PLEASE NOTE: Due to the ongoing restrictions throughout 2020-21 and the impact this had on the safe return of Futsal (which is played indoors), unfortunately we are unable to accept nominations for this category this year. The Futsal Award will be reintroduced in 2022.