A KELSO football coach has netted a top honour at the ninth Scottish FA Grassroots Awards, presented by McDonald’s and the Sunday Mail.
Derek Paterson was named Best Volunteer in Youth Football at a ceremony held at Hampden Park last Thursday. The event celebrated the efforts of the tireless volunteers who give their valuable time and effort to provide footballing opportunities in communities across Scotland.
Paterson set up the youth section of Kelso Football Club nearly 10 years ago. Since then, teams have grown under his leadership and have become successful. Paterson works tirelessly for the kids and the club helps to organise twice-weekly training sessions, while also ensuring that coaches are in place for every age group and can provide the necessary training.
He also coaches primary school children every Friday evening as part of the SFA Soccer Centres.
His role in the community is appreciated by parents, teachers and coaches across the entire region.
Scottish legend and McDonald’s Head of Scottish Football, Kenny Dalglish, praised Derek for his commitment to grassroots football in Scotland.
He said: “Football in communities is built on the dedication of people such as Derek. Without the hard work and dedication of all the grassroots volunteers, Scottish football simply wouldn’t exist.
“What Derek has accomplished over the past year to help develop football in the community and at his club is truly worthy of the recognition he received at the awards ceremony.”
Paterson added: “It is fantastic to have received the award and I feel extremely proud to do so.
“There are so many wonderful people involved in grassroots football in Scotland. It’s a great achievement to have been recognised in this way and I will never forget walking up to the stage to accept my award from the legend that is Kenny Dalglish.”
Over the last 10 years McDonald’s has been committed to raising the standards of grassroots football, working alongside the Scottish FA, and now supports more than 4,500 grassroots clubs.
By 2014, the partnership hopes to encourage the participation of 13,000 new volunteers and 10,000 new coaches in grassroots football across Scotland.
For more information on the McDonald’s football programme, please go to www.mcdonalds.co.uk/kickstart