Club of the Month

It was the autumn of the 2011/12 season that the Enniskerry FC Club Committee decided we’d enter into the FAI AVIVA Club of the Month competition.

The Aviva Club of the Month, in conjunction with The Irish Daily Star and The Carlton Hotel, Tyrellstown, recognises some of the finest grassroots clubs in the country through a series of monthly prizes culminating in the Aviva Club of the Year Award, at the FAI’s annual ”Festival of Football”, which took place in Donegal in July 2012.

The monthly winners receive a plaque and a cash prize of €1,500 at a presentation ceremony in the Carlton Hotel, Tyrellstown, where receive their award from the members of the judging panel. The overall winner of the Aviva Club of the Year will receive a prize of €5,000 and an Aviva Club of the Year plaque. The clubs are judged on six different criteria, including:

  • administration
  • coaching
  • participation numbers
  • performance
  • contribution to the community.

It was a very pleasant surprise then when we received the call to announce that Enniskerry FC has been selected as the winner of the October Club of the Month! Committee members past and present were awarded the €1,500 cheque in January 2012 in recognition of the Club’s outstanding efforts in the 6 criteria (above) over the years, with the club progressing to compete at the Aviva Club of the Year award later that season at the culmination of the FAI’s Festival of Football at the FAI AGM in July 2012 in Donegal.

As part of the Aviva Club of the Month celebrations, a camera crew with RTE’s Jacqui Hurley at the lead, visited the Club in February 2012, for what was a truly memorable club day. A fabulous Blitz was organised on the day (thanks to Andreas Traem) which saw all the children practising different skills at different stations on the Bog Meadow that they rotated around over the course of an hour and half. There was a very festive atmosphere (especially given it was a cold February morning!) and a real buzz about the place with the reporter and camera crew doing their stuff.

At the culmination of the morning there were some interviews with several club members, and a club photo and video shoot that you can view below.

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