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Thursday 15 Jun 2017
Awards will once again recognise grassroots football heroes

Now is your chance to recognise and reward the people and clubs that are pushing grassroots football forward in Northern Ireland by nominating them for the seventh annual McDonald’s Irish FA Community Awards 2017. 

Whether it’s a person that has put in countless hours of their own time volunteering to ensure football is a constant presence in Northern Ireland, or even a club that facilitates it, now is the time to acknowledge their efforts. 

There are six categories that make up the awards including, The Respect Award, Volunteer of the Year, Coach of the Year, and The People’s Award, which celebrates an individual’s outstanding contribution to grassroots football. 

The national winners for each category - except for the People’s Award - will be chosen by a national judging panel and revealed ahead of the awards ceremony. The national winner of the People’s Award will be voted for by the public and announced at the national ceremony.

Nominees will be honoured at regional level before being put forward to a national judging panel featuring legends of the game, including Pat Jennings, and members of the Irish Football Association. The selected national winners will go on to receive their awards at a national ceremony held at The Guildhall in Derry-Londonderry.

The deadline for nominating is 30 June. To vote for a football club or volunteer go to: