24 local clubs and schools have been recognised for their valuable contribution to grassroots football.
At a special awards evening at Cineworld Dundee, the clubs were presented with their Scottish FA Quality Mark Awards by Gordon Wallace, director of youth development at Dundee Football Club.
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. There are three Quality Mark categories - Standard, Development, and Community.
The following clubs received their awards:
Breadalbane Academy - Community
Dundee United Sports Club - Community
Dundee West FC - Community
Letham FC- Community
Lomond Colts - Community
Broughty United Youth FC - Development
Crieff Juniors FC - Development
Fairmuir Boys Club - Development
Scone Thistle Community FC- Development
Bayside FC - Standard
Blue Brazil Boys Club - Standard
Dundee Rangers - Standard
Dundee Thistle - Standard
Dundee Villa - Standard
Forfar Boys Club - Standard
Glenrothes Strollers Football Club - Standard
Jeanfield Swifts Community Sports Club - Standard
Kirkcaldy Eagles FC- Standard
Lochside Boys Club - Standard
Luncarty Community Sports Club - Standard
Pars in the Community Club - Standard
Pitlochry High School - Standard
Riverside Boys Club - Standard
Clubs and schools receive the award after meeting standards in areas such as coach and player development, management, administration, welfare and planning.
Kevin Lee Scottish FA East Region club development manager said: "Quality Mark has been a great success story for many clubs, allowing them to become more organised off the field. Through Quality Mark the clubs are in a position to get more youngsters involved in football, which is great for football, local communities, and for Scotland."
McDonald’s, official partner of the Scottish FA Quality Mark Accreditation Scheme, will invest £100,000 in the scheme over three years as part of its ongoing commitment to grassroots football in Scotland.
The Quality Mark scheme is supported by the Big Lottery Fund, which contributes to the employment of all Scottish FA club development staff, as well as discounted coach education and first aid courses for grassroots volunteers.
The Big Lottery Fund is a key Scottish FA partner, contributing £6m to the delivery of the Scottish FA Youth Action Plan.
For further information on the Scottish FA Quality Mark programme, please visit www.scottishfa.co.uk/footballdevelopment