SEVEN Borders football clubs have been recognised for their valuable contribution to grassroots football.
Ancrum, Gala Fairydean, Kelso, Leithen Vale Sports Club, Peebles, Selkirk and Eyemouth were presented with their Scottish FA Quality Mark Awards by Scottish FA director of football development Jim Fleeting and Hibernian legend Gordon Hunter at a special awards evening at Easter Road Stadium in Edinburgh.
The Quality Mark Accreditation Scheme, run by the Scottish FA in partnership with McDonald’s and The Big Lottery Fund, recognises proactive clubs and schools working to increase youth and community participation. There are three Quality Mark categories – standard, development and community.
The seven local clubs have all taken their first steps in the programme by reaching standard level.
Clubs and schools receive the award after meeting standards in areas such as coach and player development, management, administration, welfare and planning. So far more than 100 clubs and schools around the country have achieved accreditation over the three categories, and more than 4,000 coaches have benefited from coach education and first aid training.
Fleeting said: “Grassroots clubs, and the volunteers who make them tick, are the lifeblood of our game, and it’s vitally important that we recognise their efforts.
“The Quality Mark accreditation scheme is helping to improve standards at clubs across the country and I’m very impressed by the number of clubs who have grabbed the opportunity to get involved.
“We must also thank our community partner McDonald’s for their continued support of the grassroots game,” added Fleeting.