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Friday 24 Jun 2022
Final call for McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards entries

Pictured (l-r): Kade O’Reilly, Business Manager at McDonald’s (Bloomfield Shopping Centre), Pat Jennings, McDonald’s Fun Football Ambassador and Kyle Spiers, Regional Grassroots Development Officer at Irish FA Foundation.

A final call for nominations for this year’s McDonald's Irish FA Grassroots Football Awards is being made.

The annual event, which is celebrating its 22nd year, helps recognise the incredible work and commitment of football clubs and volunteers who give up their time and help make a long-lasting impact on their communities across Northern Ireland.

There are seven categories at this year's awards: Young Volunteer of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Wes Gregg Coach of the Year, Club of the Year, the Futsal Award, the Football for All Award and the People’s Award.

Nominations remain open but will close on Thursday 30 June. Regional award winners will be announced throughout the month of August.

This year's ceremony is set to staged at The National Football Stadium at Windsor Park on Saturday 24 September prior to Northern Ireland's UEFA Nations League game against Kosovo.

Northern Ireland legend and McDonald’s Fun Football Ambassador Pat Jennings piled praise on the many volunteers who give up their time year-on-year to help deliver grassroots football across Northern Ireland and encouraged people to get their votes in for their favourite volunteers.

"Without grassroots football volunteers none of this could happen," Jennings said. “Through the years I have witnessed first-hand the significant impact McDonald’s Fun Football has had, and continues to have, on the lives of young people in Northern Ireland.

"I think it is really important that these volunteers are recognised, and I look forward to meeting the some of the nominees, finalists and winners at the awards later this year.”

For more information and to nominate your grassroots football hero visit