The development of Forfar Boys Club took a major step forward last Sunday when the club was officially accredited by the Scottish Football Association.

At a rain-drenched Strathmore Park, representatives from the club received the SFA 'Standard' Quality Mark Award from Kevin Lee, Club Development Manager for the SFA.

The presentation of the award was made after the club's annual trophy presentation and fun day at Strathmore Park, despite the inclement weather.

It also followed 18 months of work by Jack Florence, a committee member of the club and manager of the club's under 13's team.

Jack, assisted by his son Mathew who plays for the under 13's, has spent the last 18 months going through all the relevant paper work to present to the SFA.

Praising Jack and Mathew for their work, Kevin explained there were a number of criteria which have to be addressed before a club can become SFA accredited.

He said "The club has to prove it meets certain criteria and that it has policies in place, ranging from health and safety, child protection, first aid to proper Disclosures being completed"

"With the support of partners at Angus Council (Sports Development), McDonalds and the Big Lottery, the Scottish FA works with the grassroots clubs and schools to broaden and increase youth and community participation as well as enhancing player, coach and volunteer development"

"This now gives Forfar Boys Club a solid foundation to progress towards development status and demonstrates that they are a safe club who are making proactive to continually develop their club, players and volunteers.

The benefits of becoming SFA accredited were outlined by Jack. "Most of the clubs in the area are now doing this, and we have to be able to show that we are doing things properly.”We have had a lot of support from the SFA and Angus Council. This shows we have certain criteria which are important for the boys and the boy’s parents as they know the club is safe and well developed. There are also financial benefits for the club by becoming SFA accredited"

Welcoming the SFA accreditation, Joseph Mitchell, Forfar Boys Club chairman said "It is quite an honour to receive the Quality Mark.

"There has been some paper work involved and that is something people shy away from. Jack took this on board and saw it through."