Grassroots heroes earn Ballymoor FC ‘Club of the Year’ title

Kevin Doherty, Irish FA, Sean McHugh and Seamus McCallion with players from Ballymoor FC pictured with Pat Jennings, McDonald's Head of Northern Ireland Football after being named Northern Club of the Year in the regional McDonald's Irish FA Community Awards. 1408IC01 Ballymoor
Kevin Doherty, Irish FA, Sean McHugh and Seamus McCallion with players from Ballymoor FC pictured with Pat Jennings, McDonald's Head of Northern Ireland Football after being named Northern Club of the Year in the regional McDonald's Irish FA Community Awards. 1408IC01 Ballymoor

Derry youth football outfit, Ballymoor FC, has been named Northern Club of the Year.

Players and coaches from the Brandywell youth football club were celebrating yesterday after the club was awarded the Northern Club of the Year title in the regional McDonald’s Irish FA Community Awards. Ballymoor FC will now be on the shortlist for the overall Northern Ireland awards event which takes place in November at Belfast City Hall.

Commenting on the Regional Awards and the commitment and great work of clubs like Ballymoor FC Pat Jennings, McDonald’s Head of Northern Ireland Football and Northern Ireland goal keeping legend, said: “I’d like to congratulate Ballymoor FC on their well-deserved success and wish them the best of luck for the McDonald’s IFA Community Awards event in November.

“These Awards provide a great opportunity to pay tribute to some of the people who make such a telling contribution to grassroots football. The dedication and commitment of last year’s winners was truly an inspiration and I’m delighted that McDonald’s and the Irish FA are building upon this success for the 2012 awards.”

Now in its second year, the McDonald’s Irish FA Community awards recognise and reward the clubs, coaches and volunteers that make outstanding contributions to grassroots football across Northern Ireland.

The regional awards element has been introduced for 2012 to reflect the outstanding level of work that is carried out in local communities.

Mr Jennings added: “The Awards form a key part of McDonald’s community partnership with the Irish FA; a partnership that is celebrating ten years in 2012 and is helping young footballers shine.”