Junior football clubs across Donegal are being urged to submit themselves for this year’s Aviva Club of the Year Award. Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill launched the search for Ireland’s top club for 2016 at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
The competition is open to all football clubs across the country. Eight clubs will be shortlisted for the award, two from each category. Each will receive €1,500 and the overall winner of the Aviva Club of the Year will be given €5,000 for their club.
Steve Coll, Donegal Schoolboys League, said; “This is a super opportunity for our clubs to publicise & promote what they have been doing at grass roots and to give their club a chance to be rewarded for their tremendous dedication to their community".
The Aviva Club of the Year is now in its 11th year and is open to any club across the country to enter free of charge online. Overall, in excess of €160,000 has been awarded to clubs country wide in recognition of their achievements on and off the pitch. Clubs can enter in one or more of the four categories; Community, Coach Education, Club Development and Participation.
The top two in each category will go forward to the final round at the FAI AGM in July, when they will present to the Club of the Year judging panel. The judging panel is headed by Donal Conway, Chair of the FAI Underage Committees and includes representatives from FAI Club Development, Dublin City Council and Aviva.
The overall winning club will receive an additional top prize of €5,000 as well as the prestigious Aviva Club of the Year Trophy.
Entry to the Aviva Club of the Year is free and can be completed quickly online at www.aviva.ie/avivacoty. Entries for this year’s Aviva Club of the Year close on the 13th of May.