Derry club Trojans pick up prestigious IFA Award!

Trojans Coach Gerry Colhoun (right) receives the Club of the Year Award from new Derry City manager Kenny Shiels.

Trojans Coach Gerry Colhoun (right) receives the Club of the Year Award from new Derry City manager Kenny Shiels.

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Derry football club Trojans YCG has won the prestigious Accredited Club of the Year Award at the 2015 McDonald’s Irish FA Community Awards in Belfast City Hall.

Gerry Colhoun was presented with the club’s award by new Derry City Manager Kenny Shiels who joined Pat Jennings, McDonald’s Head of Northern Ireland Football, and Jimmy Nicholl, Northern Ireland Assistant Manager at the awards ceremony.

To be nominated for an award was special but to go on and win it is incredible.

Trojan coachs, Gerry Colhoun

Situated in the Creggan area of Derry, Trojans Youth & Community Group, was viewed as a shining example of a well-structured grassroots club. Catering for over 150 playing members, Trojans provides football opportunities for children of all ages and also have two adult football teams playing at junior and intermediate level.

In 2013 Trojans celebrated 75 years in existence and received the Irish FA and McDonald’s Club Accreditation Award. They have since progressed to the Club Excellence Mark in 2015 and remain committed to serving their local community by providing excellent football training programmes.

Speaking after collecting the award, Gerry said: “To be nominated for an award was special but to go on and win it is incredible. It’s been a pleasure to play a part towards developing Trojans YCG as a leading grassroots football club. Thank you to everyone who has and continues to support the team.”

Pat Jennings, McDonald’s Head of Northern Ireland Football, said: “The McDonald’s Irish FA Community Awards is our way of saying thank you to the coaches, clubs and volunteers who give up their time to help young footballers across Northern Ireland shine.

“Everyone that has been nominated for an award this year has shown outstanding commitment to their local community and I’d like to extend my congratulations to Trojans YCG and all the nominees for their fantastic achievements in local football.”

The Awards are an important part of McDonald’s Community Partnership with the Irish FA. The partnership seeks to raise the standards at grassroots clubs through better safety, better advice, better kit, better support and better recognition for volunteers.

To find out more about McDonald’s grassroots football visit www.mcdonalds.co.uk/betterplay