Galway midfielder Thomas Flynn, has been chosen as the winner of the 2011 Cadburys Hero of the Future award.
Flynn, from the hurling stronghold of Athenry, was inspirational at midfield as the Galway U-21s won the All Ireland title this season. One of 14 players short-listed as winners of man-of-the-match awards during the Cadburys U-21 Football Championship, Flynn’s excellent displays in the semi final and final were enough to see him take the award.
The player receives a trophy, a cheque for €1,000 and his club (St Mary’s) and the Galway County Board also received €1,000 in grants.
He joins previous winners of the award such as Mayo’s Keith Higgins (2006), Cork’s Fintan Goold (’07), Kerry’s Killian Young(’08), Cork’s Colm O’Neill (’09) and Dublin’s Rory O’Carroll (2010).
Commenting on the Cadbury Hero of the Future Award last night Shane Guest, Cadbury Ireland said; “I am delighted to once again have this opportunity to recognise some of the most talented young footballers in the country, their passion, commitment and skill have illuminated this championship from start to finish and Cadbury is proud to continue the sponsorship of the Cadbury GAA U21 Football Championship. This year we continued the Cadbury Football Scholarships in eight universities around Ireland. We also focused on the grass roots of the game by helping the fans travel free, to as many games as possible on the Cadbury buses. There was a phenomenal turn out in Croke Park for the final with over 20,000 supporters attending – a massive increase on previous years. We look forward to continuing to support this sponsorship with innovative and engaging activation plans in the years to come”.
Páraic Ó Dufaigh, Ard-Stiúrthóir, GAA said: “It is a privilege to be here once again and to be surrounded by so many wonderful young players and their families’, it has been a fantastic championship with thrilling contests and excellent attendances throughout. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Cadbury for their continued support and congratulate them on their innovative sponsorship activation which has seen them bring the Cadbury GAA U21 Football Championship to the widest possible audience in the most engaging manner possible.”
In total fourteen footballers were shortlisted as part of the ‘Cadbury Hero of the Future’ initiative which ran in tandem with the Championship to highlight the achievements of individuals for outstanding teamwork, passion and performance on the field. A Cadbury Hero of the Match award was presented to a player at each provincial semi-final, each provincial final and the national semi-finals with the last Cadbury Hero of the Match selected at the Cadbury GAA Football U21 All Ireland Final in Croke Park on May 1st 2011.