A Waterford football club is one the first in Ireland to receive a new award from the Football Association of Ireland.
The FAI have launched the Club Mark programme, which is intended to help grassroots clubs throughout the country.
The award is based on best practice in the governance, management and administration of a club.
Three clubs have already completed the first stage of the Club Mark and representatives from Waterford’s Park Rangers, Mayo’s Achill Rovers and Donegal’s Gweedore Celtic were presented with their awards at the official launch by FAI Chief Executive John Delaney.
Speaking at the event, Delaney said the introduction of the FAI Club Mark was the latest step in helping grassroots clubs around the country achieve their full potential.
“The FAI Club Mark will help lead to the improvement of standards in our clubs. We will recognise the great work done by the clubs in their communities, and taking it to another level.
“We’ve over 2,000 clubs in the country of different sizes. The FAI Club Mark will help assist the clubs to improve their standards off the pitch.”
Gweedore Celtic, @ParkRangersAFC and @AchillRoversFC are the first three teams in the country to complete the FAI Club Mark. They were presented with their awards today at the programme's launch. https://t.co/xnad3KYsXN pic.twitter.com/J6sZ4CjceH
— FAIreland ⚽️🇮🇪 (@FAIreland) April 4, 2018