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Local heroes gain recognition for outstanding contribution to communities and grassroots football

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For the 19th year running, the McDonald’s Irish FA Grassroots Football Awards have honoured the regional footballing heroes who are integral to the local game right across Northern Ireland.

15 regional winners were presented with awards across various categories at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park, by Northern Ireland’s record goal scorer, David Healy.

Through their clubs, the various winners have made a significant and positive civic impact both on and off the pitch during COVID-19, helping the game to return safely within their communities.

Former Northern Ireland striker David Healy was on hand to congratulate the ‘heroes of the local game’ who will now go forward to the national Northern Ireland awards in November. Commenting at the awards David said; “Year on year the McDonald’s Irish FA Grassroots Football awards recognise the incredible work and commitment of football clubs and volunteers within the grassroots game, who give their time to enable it to flourish and grow. Over the past few months in particular, the proactive and valuable community work from local grassroots football clubs has been a huge credit to all involved. The awards are so important in honouring the volunteers and unsung heroes of the grassroots game who are the heartbeat of clubs and communities and contribute hugely for the good of football in Northern Ireland.”

This year’s award categories include: Club of the Year, Futsal Award, Inclusivity Award, People’s Choice, Volunteer of the year, Young volunteer of the year and Coach of the year.

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