YOUTH FOOTBALL: Noel Crampsey delighted with IFA People’s Award

Oxford United's Noel Crampsey is presented with his IFA's People's award by McDonalds Head of Northern Ireland Football Pat Jennings and Minister for Communities Paul Givan. 
 Picture by Darren Kidd/Press Eye.
Oxford United's Noel Crampsey is presented with his IFA's People's award by McDonalds Head of Northern Ireland Football Pat Jennings and Minister for Communities Paul Givan. Picture by Darren Kidd/Press Eye.

OXFORD United coach, Noel Crampsey says it was ‘an incredible honour’ to win the prestigious People’s Award at the 2016 McDonald’s Irish FA Community Awards in Belfast City Hall last weekend.

The People’s Award was presented to Noel for all he has done for Oxford United FC for over 60 years.

Noel has been heavily involved in youth football in the North West and surrounding areas and has contributed thousands of hours of voluntary time to develop and nurture young talent on both a domestic and international stage.

His hard work, commitment and dedication has been reflected in the attitude of all his players who trained with Oxford United FC, developing valuable life skills throughout their adolescence life.

Noel has built up an excellent rapport within the football fraternity and engaged in cross community relations throughout good and difficult times.

Speaking after collecting the award, Noel said: “To be nominated for an award was special but to go on and win it is incredible. It’s been a pleasure to help develop and nurture footballing talent at Oxford United FC. Thank you to everyone who nominated me!”

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

Noel Crampsey

Pat Jennings, McDonald’s Head of N. 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 Noel 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