Club of the Year Award

The ‘Club of the Year’award is for an Irish FA accredited club that deserves special recognition for the work it does both on and off the pitch, showing strong growth and progress in their community. 

Lisburn Rangers Ladies FC aims to provide a safe environment for girls and ladiesto play football, promoting the game as  a  means  of  enhancing  both  physical  and  mental  health,  learning  opportunities  and  local community involvement.


Football for All Award

The ‘Football for All’ award celebrates an individual or club that has put inclusivity at the heart of the ethos of their club and has excelled in promoting football for all.

Based on North Belfast’s Antrim Road, St Malachy’s Old Boys Youth FC welcomes over 500 children and 100 volunteers every week.

“We have all different levels and all different abilities,” explained Club Chairman Gary Vernon.  “We have around 50 teams playing each week, made of up both girls’ and boys’ teams and a disability team, which we’re very proud of.”

Football Restaurant of the Year

The ‘Football Restaurant of the Year’ Award is award to a McDonald’s restaurant in Northern Ireland that has gone above and beyond to provide crucial support and partnership to its local grassroots football club or clubs.

McDonald’s Franchisee John McCollum, owner, and operator of the Lurgan restaurant, said its 130-strong team was “very proud” of the accolade.

“This award is a very fitting recognition for the entire team in Lurgan who, led by Franchisee Supervisor Rita Frost and Business Manager Caitriona McConville, invest a huge amount of time and effort in building meaningful and lasting relationships with our grassroots football clubs in the Lurgan area,” he said.

Futsal Award

A form of small-sided football, futsal can be played anywhere at a recreational level. This ‘Futsal Award’ celebrates an individual or club that has championed the introduction of futsal in their community. 

Founded in 2017 by Chairman Martin Cassidy and Head Coach David Alonso, Omagh Futsal Club primarily uses the sport of futsal to promote fitness, advance education and promote social development within the Fermanagh and Omagh District. The Club runs a range of programmes, including disability futsal, girls only futsal, refugee integration futsal, over 35's, schools’ programmes, teenager programme and local tournaments.

People’s Award

The ‘People’s Award’ recognises the sustained outstanding contribution made by an individual to football in their local community and beyond.

Described as the ‘Godfather’ of grassroots football in Derry, Gerry Doherty–who this year celebrated his 80thbirthday –has dedicated decades of loyal service to Foyle Harps, having been involved with the club’s senior team before establishing its youth offering in 1984.

Volunteer of the Year

The ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award recognises the countless hours given by a dedicated volunteer to help their local club and game. Having joined Dromara Village FC as a teenager, Malcolm Hanna became a coach with the club at the age of 20.

“I still get a great buzz every week,” he said. “When I see players that have come up through the youth programme as kids progressing to play for our senior team on a Saturday, I get a huge amount of satisfaction.”

Wes Gregg Coach of the Year

The ‘Wes Gregg Coach of the Year’ is awarded in recognition of the outstanding contribution of a coach at a grassroots club in Northern Ireland or Fun Football provider. It celebrates an individual who encourages young people starting, staying and/or succeeding in football through high quality coaching.

Award winner Chris Finlay said he was “overwhelmed” to have won the award. “It’s a huge achievement not only for me, but for the kids at the club who give so much back week in, week out,” he said. “They are the ones that have made this happen for me and who give me such a buzz from my role.”

Young Volunteer of the Year

The ‘Young Volunteer of the Year ’award recognizes the contribution young people make in the community within Grassroots Football. The category is open to young people from 14 to 24 years of age that make a significant impact in helping to support and develop opportunities for people to participate in the local game.

Charlie Rush said he was “hugely excited” to be picking up his Award, presented by Sir Geoff Hurst, at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park. “I never imagined that I would be receiving an award at this Stadium where so many incredible players have played,” he added.

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