It was a night to remember at City Hall with the 2018 McDonald’s IFA Grassroots Awards ceremony honouring some of local football’s most enthusiastic and passionate unsung heroes.
Eight awards were presented across a number of categories, following a record-breaking year of nominations from football clubs and individuals across Northern Ireland.
In attendance were McDonald’s Football Ambassadors Pat Jennings and Martin Keown alongside IFA Chief Executive, Patrick Nelson, all of whom gave high praise to the many football volunteers and award winners who were present at the event.
McDonald’s Football Ambassador, Pat Jennings congratulated all of the regional and national award winners:
“I’m incredibly proud to be involved in the McDonald’s IFA Grassroots awards. I’ve been involved for many years now and the awards go from strength to strength, year on year. These awards are our way of saying thanks to the volunteers who make essential contributions of time and effort to the many grassroots clubs across Northern Ireland. Without their leadership and organisation, we wouldn’t have so many local leagues for children to enjoy and participate in. Everywhere I go, I always tell people of the amazing work being done by McDonald’s and the IFA which empowers local clubs and volunteers. With a new four year partnership recently launched between the two organisations, the future of grassroots football looks very bright for this region.”
The 2018 FAW & McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards national winners are:
- Volunteer of the Year – Phil Mckinley
- Accredited Club of the Year – Dungiven Celtic FC
- Wes Gregg Coach of the Year – Corey Wilson
- People’s award for Outstanding Contribution to Grassroots Football – Elaine Junk
- Inclusive Award – Neil Ardis
- Young Volunteer of the Year – Rebekah Irvine
- Football Mum of the Year – Sandra Bownes
- Football Restaurant of the Year – Sprucefield
The IFA & McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards are part of McDonald’s ongoing Community Partnership with the IFA.