UEFA honour for Derry’s Gerry

Gerry Colhoun.

Gerry Colhoun.

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Derry football coach, Gerry Colhoun, has been recognised by UEFA for his “exceptional commitment” to the game.

UEFA’s Executive Committee chose Gerry as the ‘silver prize winner’ in the best leader category in the UEFA ‘Grassroots Week Awards,’ aimed at celebrating grassroots football across Europe.

Gerry was nominated for the award by Kevin Doherty, the Irish F.A.’s Regional Grassroots Development Officer at Derry City and Strabane Council.

Kevin said: “Gerry’s enthusiasm for the game is unrivalled. Whether it’s as a schools coach, administrator, reporter or representative, he always has the player as his number one priority.”

Kevin said Gerry introduced the notion of small-sided games at his then club, Trojans F.C., over 20 years ago when 11-a-side had been the norm.

Kevin added: “At grassroots level Gerry works tirelessly for the good of the game. He has been an inspiration.”

​Gerry will be presented with his award at the Northern Ireland v Greece game on October 8th.