The stars of local grassroots football have been honoured by the Irish FA and a whole host of football legends at the McDonald’s Irish FA Community Awards 2012.
Pat Jennings, Sir Geoff Hurst, Ian Rush and Eric Harrison were present at last week’s special gala evening at Belfast City Hall to celebrate the local clubs, coaches and volunteers that make outstanding contributions to grassroots football and to local communities throughout Northern Ireland.
Over 50,000 children have engaged in the Scottish FA’s flagship participation programme, the Tesco Bank Football Challenge, it has been announced.
Former Bolton manager and Scottish FA youth ambassador, Owen Coyle, described the news as a “fantastic moment” for the programme.
Scotland United is the monthly magazine from the Scottish FA and it’s back for its second episode.
This month David Weir talks about grassroots football, having giving a coaching session at the Bank of Scotland Midnight Leagues annual award ceremony.
Hibernian midfielder Lewis Stevenson hailed the Bank of Scotland Midnight League as a “great way for young people to spend their Friday and Saturday nights”.
The Scottish FA’s flagship diversionary five-a-side football programme for 12 to 16-year-olds enters its tenth year in 2013.
The provision of quality facilities is crucial to the development of young footballers, according to England Under-21 boss Stuart Pearce.
The ex-England international was speaking at the opening of a new third generation (3G) pitch in Peterborough funded by the Football Foundation.