Drogheda Boys Nominated for Aviva/FAI Irish Club Of The Year
The eight nominees for the prestigious Aviva FAI Club of the Year have been announced today.
The Club of the Year award, which is now in its ninth year, recognises and rewards Irish soccer clubs from all over the country, who have shown outstanding progress in the development of their club this year.
This year’s award has been changed to reflect Ireland’s finest clubs across the season in four different categories of excellence; Coach Education, Work in the Community, Underage Participation, and Club Development & Facilities.
The two nominees in Coach Education are Drogheda Boys FC and Kilnamanagh AFC. Mervue United and Home Farm are nominated for Facilities and Development, while Trim Celtic and Inter Kenmare are shortlisted for Participation. The final two nominees are Geraldines FC and Manor Rangers in the Community category.
The eight clubs were at the Club of the Year Nominees Lunch in the Carlton Hotel in Dublin to receive their awards and a cheque for €1,500 for their club as reward for their nomination. They will now go forward for the Aviva FAI Club of the Year award which will be decided on 25th July as part of the FAI AGM weekend.
Each of the eight clubs will then have the opportunity to present directly to the judging panel, which is headed by Donal Conway, Chairman of the FAI Underage Committee and includes representatives from FAI club Development, Carlton Hotels, Dublin City Council and Aviva. The winning club will then be named Aviva Club of the Year for 2014 and receive a cheque for €5,000.
Richard Bruton, Chaiperson, Drogheda Boys FC, said "As Club Chairman I am delighted that Drogheda Boys FC is one of the eight nominees announced at the Aviva FAI Club of the Year on Weds 9th July 2014. It is a great honour for the club and its coaches to be recognised for its work in football coaching. This is no small achievement for the club and it reflects on all those people who, over the years, have on a volunteer basis and their love of the game strived to provide the players of Drogheda Boys with coaching for them to enjoy football and develop their football and life skills."
Mark Russell, Group Sponsorship Manager, Aviva, said; “The Aviva Club of the Year is an initiative that helps support the very root of Irish football. It gives a helping hand to clubs all over the country who are doing great work in club development and recognises the key roles they are playing in their community. These eight clubs are the heart of their communities with everyone giving of their own time to make these clubs work. They are all extremely deserving nominees for the Aviva Club of the Year and it’s a great chance for them to secure €5,000 for their club in July.”
John Delaney, Chief Executive, FAI, said; “The standard of entry to the Aviva Club of the Year is exceptional. The eight clubs shortlisted should be immensely proud of their achievement in getting this far and they fully deserve the national recognition and their cheques for €1,500. Each of them will present the work done by their club at this year’s FAI Pre AGM delegates dinner in a bid to become the Aviva Club of the Year 2014 and I wish them all well in their efforts. I thank Aviva for the work they have done with us to grow the competition and the Carlton Hotel for their partnership. Since the Aviva Club of the Year competition started, it has been successful in raising the standards at our clubs to new levels. The national spread of this year’s finalists shows that our clubs are developing in every part of the country. That is of tremendous importance for the coming generations of Irish players.”
Paul Martyn, FAI Grassroots Education Development, said; “The Aviva club of the year is an opportunity for the FAI to thank the countless volunteers across the country for their work in their local club and pride in their community. The Aviva club of the Year looks to reward clubs no matter how big or small for the work they do to promote our game”