The Irish Football Association won a prestigious award on Monday 19th November in Dublin at the 2007 Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (MAMA) for its highly innovative Football For All Community Relations Programme and being the only football governing body involved in the setting up of the new UK and Ireland wide anti-racism and anti-sectarian Football Without Frontiers body.
IFA Head of Community Relations, Michael Boyd, explains how delighted the IFA was to be recognised:
“We have been involved in a real journey over the last eight years tackling the issue of sectarianism. Real progress has been made working in partnership with supporters, community groups, clubs, coaches and volunteers and it is great this work has been recognised. Our involvement in the new Football Without Frontiers UK and Ireland wide body fills us with pride. To work alongside Sport Against Racism Ireland, Kickitout, Football Unites Racism Divides, Concept 11 and Football For All (Scotland) as a founding member of this new group is a real privilege. We are very grateful to the Mama Awards for recognising our commitment to the promotion of positive Interculturalism through sport”.
The IFA won their award for their work in tackling racism and sectarianism and their hosting of the new UK-Ireland organisation, Football Without Frontiers.