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Thursday 27 Jul 2023
Final call for McDonald’s Irish FA Grassroots Football Awards 2023

Entries for the McDonald’s2023 McDonald’s Irish FA Grassroots Football Awards close next week. 

Nominations for the awards are still open via the Irish FA website and will close on 31 July. Regional award winners will be announced in due course and will be invited to attend an awards presentation event at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park on 22 September.

The national winners will then be later announced at the awards ceremony and gala dinner which will take place in Belfast City Hall on 2 November ahead of Northern Ireland’s UEFA Euro 2024 qualifiers against Finland and Denmark.

Leeds United and Northern Ireland star Stuart Dallas said that it was hugely important to encourage children of all abilities and backgrounds to play football and be active.

He said: “It’s great that a brand like McDonald’s is backing grassroots football, and the work it is doing along with the Irish FA Foundation and Irish FA in communities across Northern Ireland is really brilliant to see.

“I’m also delighted to see the grassroots volunteers recognised at these awards. They are the lifeblood of the game, and without them kids wouldn’t have access to the game we all love. 

“The coaches and volunteers provide an environment that allows children to express themselves and, most importantly, have fun.

“I would encourage everyone to vote for their local grassroots hero ahead of this year’s awards ceremony.”

John McCollum, Franchisee at McDonald’s, commented: “Football is at the heart of communities across Northern Ireland and, after over 20 years as a major supporter of the grassroots game, nobody understands that better than McDonald’s.   

“The new Fun Football programme that we launched last year will drive greater access and inclusion, support physical and mental health and above all generate the community spirit that comes from coaching, playing and watching football.” 

The annual McDonald’s Irish FA Grassroots Football Awards recognise the incredible work and commitment of football clubs and volunteers who give up their time and make a long-lasting impact on young people and communities across Northern Ireland.

In this year’s awards there are nine categories: Young Volunteer of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Wes Gregg Coach of the Year, Amateur Club of the Year, Junior Club of the Year, the Futsal Award, the Football Restaurant of the Year, the Football for All Award and the People’s Award.

To nominate your local grassroots hero in this year’s McDonald’s Irish FA Grassroots Football Awards click here.