The Irish FA Charity Team played three friendly games in 2016 to help raise funds for the Northern Ireland international team’s official charity partner, the Cancer Fund for Children.
The Irish FA Charity Team, managed by Michael Boyd, is made up of Irish FA Staff and Volunteers. After every game the players all donate money towards the charity.
In 2016 they recorded the following results:
Irish FA Charity XI 7 Street Soccer NI Select Squad 7 (Irish FA won on penalties)
Irish FA Charity XI 3 NI Veterans Team 9
Irish FA Charity XI 6 NI MLD U19 Development Squad 1 Northern Ireland Football Legend, Mal Donaghy who has 91 caps, played for the charity team.
The former Manchester United, Luton Town and Chelsea defender, who works as a Football For All development officer with the Irish FA these days, said, “It was great fun to play and to help raise money for the Cancer Fund for Children. We are looking forward to playing more friendly fundraising games in 2017”.
The Irish FA Charity Team plan to play one game a month in 2017 and are now looking for community teams to contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org if they would like to be considered for a game.
The Irish FA would like to give special thanks to Volunteer Player and Northern Ireland Football Fan Robert Mitchell for helping to raise £300 with support from the GMB and UNITE Unions.