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Blantyre Soccer Academy, from East Kilbride, have been recognised for their work in disability football by the Scottish FA.

The club have received the Association’s Disability Club Award after creating a disability section within its structure.

The Quality Mark accredited club have teams at numerous age-groups playing in 4v4, 7v7 and 11v11 formats.

Quality Mark is designed to support and recognise the work of clubs and teams who have a desire to be the very best they can be.

To gain one of the awards - Entry, Standard, Development, Community or Legacy – there is a related list of criteria that the club must achieve. This criteria is aimed at improving or supporting management, development structures, administration, planning and welfare.

David McArdle, Scottish FA disability development officer , said: “Blantyre are a well ran club with the ethos being all about their local community and how football can be used develop the community.

“The club have worked extremely hard to engage with local groups to ensure the disability club is fully integrated to the club structure

“Blantyre Soccer Academy already gained the Scottish FA Inclusive Club award in 2012 and became one of the very few clubs in the country to hold both Disability Club Development Awards.

“This achievement sets the club as a disability champion and a great club which should be applauded for their work in grassroots football.”

If you wish to find out more information on Disability Football please contact David McArdle at