Northern Irish grassroots heroes honoured

Unsung heroes of grassroots football rewarded for their dedication at Irish FA Community Awards

Northern Ireland's most outstanding grassroots football clubs and individuals have been honoured at the 2016 Irish FA McDonald's Community Awards.

At a star-studded ceremony at Belfast City Hall, the grassroots heroes were joined by national team manager Michael O’Neill and Northern Ireland legend Pat Jennings, now McDonald’s NI football ambassador.

The prestigious People’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Football went to Noel Crampsey for his dedication to grassroots football in Derry and the north west region for over 60 years.

The chairman of Oxford United Stars FC has given up thousands of hours to develop and nurture young talent on the domestic and international stage, with his hard work and commitment reflected in the attitude of all the players he has helped to bring through.

Johnny Hastings of Larne Youth Football Club picked up the Wes Gregg Coach of the Year Award for the dedication that often sees him coaching for six nights a week, dedicated to increasing grassroots football participation for all sections of the community.

Dungoyne FC and Lisburn2gether won Accredited Club of the Year and Disability Club of Year, respectively, whilst Diane Irvine won Volunteer of the Year. A full list of winners can be viewed below, along with interviews with the winners.

Congratulations to all of the winners from everyone here at Club Website. Grassroots football simply couldn't happen without people and clubs like you, so the awards are very well deserved.

Irish FA McDonald’s Community Award Winners 2016

People’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Football - Noel Crampsey
Wes Gregg Coach of the Year - Johnny Hastings
National Accredited Club of the Year - Dungoyne FC
Disability Team of the Year - Lisburn2gether
National Volunteer of the Year - Diane Irvine
Young Volunteer of the Year - Rebecca Maxwell & Courtney Moore (joint winners)
Respect Award - Norman Cowie
McDonald's Football Mum of the Year - Kate Cahill
McDonald’s Football Restaurant of the Year - Dundonald

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