Back Football Club has been recognised for its valuable contribution to grassroots football.

Chairman Donald Macleod accepted the Scottish FA Quality Mark Standard Award on behalf of the Lewis club.

The award, part of the Quality Mark Accreditation Scheme run by the Scottish FA in partnership with McDonald’s, and supported by the Big Lottery Fund, recognises proactive clubs and schools working to increase youth and community participation.

Donald Macleod said: “We have been very fortunate that over the years a dedicated group of people from the community has shown the desire to keep this club at the forefront of football in Lewis.

"Their enthusiasm and commitment has contributed significantly to football development not just in the Back district but also throughout Lewis and Harris.

"Although the club is in good hands, with excellent coaches, players and volunteers we continue to strive to improve standards and the Quality Mark accreditation helps with our ambitions for the Club.”

In the early nineties the Back Primary Football Development Club was formed which enabled children between the ages of 6 and 12 to attend football coaching sessions throughout the school year.

In 2004,  the senior team won the Highland Amateur Cup with a team that included six players who had come through the development club. At the moment there are 105 members in the development club which is fantastic given the size of the community.

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.

For further information on the Scottish FA Quality Mark programme, please visit