Circle K has announced a €100,000 giveaway to grassroots football clubs across the Republic of Ireland, as part of its partnership with the FAI.

As title sponsor of the FAI Club Mark Programme, an award based on best practice in the governance, management and administration of a football club, Circle K is giving customers a chance to nominate their local grassroots club to win one of eight prizes ranging from €10,000 to €30,000.

Nominations open today October 4th and the closing date for entries is the 5th December 2023.

For a club to be eligible, they must be registered for the FAI Club Mark Programme which aims to provide clubs with a road map to good governance, reward clubs for achieving and maintaining high standards, recognise clubs for their commitment and achievements and help grow football in communities across the country.

To enter the competition, customers must have downloaded the Circle K app and registered for PLAY or PARK, Circle K’s loyalty game. Then you simply select your chosen football club in the FAI portal within the app and upload your Circle K receipt to generate a draw entry for your club. One draw entry will be generated per receipt uploaded. The more entries a club gets, the higher their chances of winning will be.

Receipts issued at all Circle K outlets across the Republic of Ireland between October 4th and December 5th will be eligible to enter in the Circle K Grassroots Giveaway.

Each customer who enters their club between the 4th and 9th October will automatically be entered into a draw to win 2x tickets to the Republic of Ireland’s men’s European Championship qualifier against Greece on the 13th October.

Eight clubs will be announced as the winners of a €10,000 prize during November with the Grand Prize winner of €30,000 revealed in the first week of december.

“At Circle K we understand the crucial role that grassroots football clubs play in communities right across Ireland, and we’re proud of our partnership with the FAI that aims to support football at grassroots and national level,” said Gordon Lawlor, Managing Director of Circle K Ireland.

“We’re excited to launch this giveaway which will hopefully have a positive impact for the winning clubs nationwide, and we encourage all our customers to get involved and give their local clubs the best possible chance of winning.”

“We’re delighted to have a partner in Circle K who are committed to helping grow grassroots football and understand the important presence of the game at community and local level across the country,” added FAI Grassroots Director Ger McDermott.

“Grassroots clubs are the cornerstone of local communities and by having a title sponsor of the FAI Club Mark, this is only going to enhance the programme and help to develop our clubs even further.”

“This digitally led campaign is so simply for both Circle K customers and Club Mark clubs to get involved with and we see it having real benefit to grassroots football across the country,” said FAI Marketing and Communications Director Louise Cassidy.

“Circle K have been fantastic Title partners of Club Mark and we are delighted with the awareness and investment they are bringing to the programme through this initiative.”