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FAQs

  • What Clubs can apply for the Aviva FAI Club of the Year?
    • Any soccer club from across Ireland, no matter how big or small – is also doesn’t matter whether clubs are new or have been around for many years
  • When can Clubs apply?
    • The Aviva FAI Club of the Year awards normally open in January every year for entrants and close at the end of April
  • How often can a Club apply?
    • A Club can apply ever year for any or all of the categories
  • What are the Categories?
    • Currently there are 4 Categories which Clubs can enter - Underage Participation, Club Development and Facilities, Community Work and Coach Education – these categories have been chosen by the FAI because they are important to the development of the game in Ireland and therefore Clubs that are doing good work in these areas should be encouraged and rewarded
    • Underage Participation – We are looking for clubs who have a large number of players, both boys and girls preferably. Also a proven record / sustained over a period of time to keep young players playing. Maintaining the numbers of players in many cases is a success
    • Club Development and Facilities – Clubs who over the years have built up their facilities through fundraising that could include Government grants. A club that has continued to develop over time and may have future plans.
    • Community Work – Clubs that have an excellent record of providing football for their community. A club that is a central part of the community, co operating with other sports to ensure players reach their potential
    • Coach Education – Clubs that put an emphasis on up skilling their coaches to improve the players. Clubs that believe they will develop players by developing their coaches and also may have a Director of Coaching or striving to have one.
  • Who are the Judges?
    • Donal Conway – FAI Vice President
    • Paul Martyn – Grassroots Education Development and Tutor in Coach Education Department
    • Karl Mitchell – Dublin City Council
    • Eamon Scott – The Herald / Striker
    • Mark Russell – Aviva Insurance
  • What are the entrants Judged on?
    • Clubs are judged against the category or categories they have entered – Underage Participation, Club Development and Facilities, Community Work and Coach education – each entry is carefully considered by the judging panel based on a scoring system – there are no extra points for presentation/writing skills, its all about facts
  • How important are results on the pitch to winning the award?
    • A clubs results on the pitch have no impact on these awards
  • What are the Prizes?
    • 2 Clubs from each Category will be nominated for the Club of the Year and they will each receive a cheque for €1,500 – from those 8 nominees, one Club from any of the categories will be chosen as the overall Club of the Year and they will receive a cheque for €5,000 – the overall winner is announced at the FAI AGM
  • Where do I find an application form?
  • Who needs to fill out the form?
    • Any representative from the Club committee
  • Should a Club also send in photos and other material with the Application?
    • If a club believes their entry will be improved with supporting documentation, then this can be included or attached. However, there are no extra points from the Judges for outstanding presentations – Entries need to be clear and factual, but it’s the quality of information and details of work achieved that are important
  • When are Winners announced?
    • The 8 Category Nominee winners are announced in May and the overall winner of the Aviva FAI Club of the Year is announced at the FAI AGM in Jul
  • Where can I find details on what Clubs have won before?
  • How is the Club of the Year Awarded?
    • The 8 Category Nominee Winners are invited to the FAI AGM – during the day, each Club will be allocated a time to present their Club and Award entry to the judges  - each Club will also get the opportunity to showcase their Club to all the FAI delegates and the Club of the Year judging panel in a exhibition area in the AGM Hotel. The judges will chose one Club from all 8 Nominees and the overall winner of the Aviva FAI Club of the Year will be announced at the AGM Gala Dinner the same night
  • Who can I ask if I have another question?
    • Gary Shaw at the FAI gary.shaw@fai.ie or your local FAI Development Officer
  • Would you recommend we contact previous winners?
    • Clubs are fully entitled to contact previous winners for advice on the Awards
  • What should we be thinking about re our presentation at the Club of the Year ?
    • There are no extra points for presentation skills, but it is important that you chose the best person/people to present your entry so the judges have every opportunity to understand why your entry stands out against the others
  • What format is the Club presentation?
    • The 8 Nominee Clubs will be allocated a time to present during the day. They will be invited to present to the judges with up to 5 members and for up to 10 minutes, afterwhich there will be 5 minutes allowed for questions. The presentation can be supported by handouts, Powerpoint slides, or videos etc.
  • How formal is the Presentation?
    • As informal as possible – it takes place in a Hotel meeting room, with projector and screen, with the Judges watching from behind a Trestle Table