The club received €1,500 as one of the Finalists and were awarded an additional €5,000 as the Aviva FAI Club of the Year.Shiven were identified by the Judging Panel as having a model committee structure, they had demonstrated excellence in the governance of both football and facilities development, highlighted by their girls’ participation levels and continuous club and pitch improvements. The panel also noted the clubs ability to succeed despite their geographical location.Martin O’Neill, Republic of Ireland Manger, said; “The Aviva FAI Club of the Year award is one of the most significant awards for the FAI every year and I’m delighted to see the great work that each club has been doing.“The Aviva FAI Club of the Year is an award that encourages clubs to keep pushing forward and improving year on year, not just on the pitch but off it too. It’s great to see that with the winners and the seven runners-up, they are doing fantastic things to improve football in this country.”The eight clubs that presented to the Judging Panel been chosen were; Springfield Ramblers (Cork) and St. Ita’s FC (Dublin) for Coach Education, Shiven Rovers (Galway) and Ballyoulster United (Kildare) for Club Facilities and Development, Cappoquin FC (Waterford) and Parkvilla FC (Meath) for Underage Participation and Cahir Park (Tipperary) and Cullen Lattin FC (Tipperary) for Community.The Judging Panel was headed by Donal Conway, Vice-President, FAI, and included representatives from Dublin City Council, the FAI’s Underage and Club Development and Aviva. Shiven are the first club from Galway to win the Aviva FAI Club of the Year award.Mark Russell, Sponsorship Manager, Aviva, said; “As it does every year, the Aviva Club of the Year strives to find the best club in Ireland and this year I feel we have done that again. The award doesn’t reward trophies, it rewards the hard work being done by clubs at all levels, with their facilities, with their underage players and within the community and Shiven Rovers are doing just that. The eight clubs nominated have highlighted that thanks to the hard work of their communities the health of grassroots football in these areas is in good hands and this only bodes well for the future of the game.”The Aviva Club of the Year is now in its 11th year and is open to any club across the country to enter free of charge online. Overall, in excess of €160,000 has been awarded to clubs country wide in recognition of their achievements on and off the pitch.Last year’s winners Achill Rovers from Mayo were nominated in the participation category but it was there overall work in the Achill community that saw them secure the award. They integrated every part of the island, young and old, into the club and even attracted Cameroon World Cup star Joseph Ndo as a coach to Achill Rovers, such was the draw of the spirit around the club. Aviva FAI Club of the Year Winners2015 / 2016 – Shiven Rovers (Galway)2014 / 2015 – Achill Rovers (Mayo)2013 / 2014 – Trim Celtic FC (Meath)2012 / 2013 – Esker Celtic FC (Dublin)2011 / 2012 – Midleton FC (Cork)2010 / 2011 – Tramore FC (Waterford)2009 / 2010 – Kingscourt Harps (Cavan)2008 / 2009 – Dunboyne AFC (Meath)2007 / 2008 – St. Joseph’s Boys AFC (Dublin)2006 / 2007 – Manulla FC (Mayo)2005 / 2006 – Mullingar Athletic FC (Westmeath)print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Aviva Club of the Year Nominees 2016Springfield Ramblers (Cork) for Coach EducationSt. Ita’s FC (Dublin) for Coach EducationShiven Rovers (Galway) for Club Facilities & DevelopmentBallyoulster United (Kildare) for Club Facilities & DevelopmentCappoquin FC (Waterford) for Underage ParticipationParkvilla FC (Meath) for Underage ParticipationCahir Park (Tipperary) for CommunityCullen Lattin FC (Tipperary) for Community Shiven Rovers have been named as the Aviva FAI Club of the Year for 2016. The Galway club received the prestigious title ahead of seven other finalists at the FAI’s Festival of Football in Tipperary.