Quality Mark Award for Annan Academy
Thursday, 18 December 2008
Annan Academy have been recognised for their valuable contribution to grassroots football.
Michael Downie and the other hardworking football coaches were presented with the Scottish FA Quality Mark Standard Award at the school this week by Tom McGowan of the Scottish FA South West Regional Committee and Club Development Manager John Brown.
The Award, part of the Quality Mark Accreditation Scheme run by the Scottish FA in partnership with McDonald's, recognises proactive clubs and schools working to increase youth and community participation.
Clubs and schools receive the Quality Mark Standard Award after meeting a series of criteria in areas such as coach and player development, management, administration, welfare, and planning.
Annan Academy are the first School in South West Region to achieve the prestigious award and are equally active in both boys and girls football.
Michael Downie from the school said: "We are delighted to be recognised for the work we do within football here at Annan. We have a dedicated group of teachers and players who travel far and wide to represent the school and enjoy the many benefits that sport can bring. We are pleased that the school's work with the Scottish FA has also been praised in a recent HMI inspection."
Scottish FA Club Development Manager John Brown said: "It is particularly pleasing to have helped the Annan Academy staff and pupils towards this award. The standard of organisation at Annan is first rate and with Michael Downie heading things up and Kyle Gallacher looking after the girl's programme, football in the town is in good hands! I would like to offer the Scottish FA's hearty congratulations to the entire school, from the Rector Mr.Davis down to every young player who has represented the school so admirably. Well done Annan Academy!"