Baljaffray Football Club has been recognised for their valuable contribution to grassroots football. The club was presented with the Scottish FA Quality Mark Standard Award on Tuesday night at Bearsden Academy.
The Award, part of the Quality Mark Accreditation Scheme run by the Scottish FA in partnership with McDonald’s and sportscotland, recognises pro-active clubs and schools working to increase youth and community participation.
Clubs and schools receive the award after meeting standards in areas such as coach and player development, management, administration, welfare and planning.
The club was founded in 2002 by local parents and currently has 8 teams offering boys and girls born between 1994 and 2002 the opportunity to regularly play within local leagues registered with the Scottish Youth FA. The club is run by over 20 committed volunteers who all have shown a fantastic commitment to the development of Baljaffray FC.
Treasurer Malcolm Stenhouse said: “In 1999 a group of local parents, concerned by the lack of sporting facilities in the area, started a football coaching class in Baljaffray Primary School. We called this KICKABOOT and we enjoyed great support from Pat McMahon, the school janitor, who continues to run this valuable class giving young children an opportunity to play football.
This developed into the formation of Baljafffray Football Club in 2002. We have grown to a membership of 120 players between 8 and 16years and it is our aim to recruit a new team of 8 year old every season. In our short history we are proud to have had young players sign for several SPL senior clubs and to have had one of our players captain the Scotland under 14 team. One of our players has also played for the Scotland Cerebral Palsy team. We are very proud to receive the Scottish FA Quality Mark Award. This is a great acknowledgement of the efforts of all our volunteer coaches and of the invaluable sponsorship support we receive from may local businesses."
Dunbartonshire & Lanarkshire Football Development Manager, Alan Taylor said:
"I am delighted to present the club with the Scottish FA Standard Quality Mark award which is given in recognition of the excellent levels of provision that the club offer. In gaining the Quality Mark the club have demonstrated that they provide a safe, developmental and well organised club environment for all of their members."
Councillor Amanda Stewart, Convener of Housing and Community Services said,
“This is a wonderful achievement for Baljaffray Football Club to receive this prestigious award. This was a huge task for the club to meet all the standards that were laid down to ensure that they were awarded the Scottish FA Quality Mark Standard Award. I would like to congratulate everyone who was involved and wish them all the best for their future.”
There are three Quality Mark categories - Standard, Development, and Community. So far more than 100 clubs and schools have achieved accreditation over the three categories, and over 4,000 coaches have benefited from coach education and first aid training.
McDonald’s, Scottish FA’s community partner since 2002, will help to attract 13,000 new volunteers and 10,000 new coaches by 2014, as well as supporting 600 clubs and 52,000 players through new and existing football networks.
Through Quality Mark, McDonald’s and the Scottish FA aim to provide support to grassroots clubs and schools across Scotland as they strive to broaden youth and community participation and to enhance player, coach and volunteer development.
The Quality Mark Accreditation Scheme is supported by sportscotland, the national agency for sport. sportscotland has one clear focus – to develop a world class sporting system for Scotland – and works with partners to build success for Scottish sport.
sportscotland is a key partner in the delivery of youth football programmes, investing over £1m per year in activities including employment of club development staff, discounted coach education and training for volunteers.
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