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John Collins has presented Cumbernauld Colts FC with the first ever Legacy Quality Mark Award.
The Legacy Award is the Scottish FA’s highest level of recognition for well-run grassroots clubs.
The Quality Mark accreditation scheme supports and recognises clubs as they develop areas such as coaching, facilities and governance. There are five levels to achieve – Entry, Standard, Development, Community and Legacy.
John Collins said: “This is a fantastic asset for the Cumbernauld community.
“It’s more than a football club, it’s a positive part of peoples’ lives.
“You need good, energetic people for things to improve at clubs and I think this club has that.
“Facilities are vital, especially in Scotland, for clubs to develop. Cumbernauld Colts have a fantastic asset in Broadwood Stadium.
“I was delighted to be asked to present the Legacy Award because it is worthy recognition for these dedicated volunteers.”
Cumbernauld Colts formed in 1969 and have had players such as Derek Whyte and Jackie McNamara pass through their youth ranks.
In 1999, the club faced extinction as its only youth team disbanded.
However in that same year, the club was reborn with the creation of one single age-group team.
Today, the club boasts an array of age-groups for both boys and girls with a clear pathway into its Amateur adult team.
It also has disability, over-35s and pre-school football opportunities.
Cumbernauld Colts executive committee member, Arthur Stackpool, said the presentation of the Legacy Award was a “significant step forward in the club’s journey towards fulfilling its ambitions”.
He added: “When the club was reborn, none of us thought the club would get to this level.
“Now our ambitions know no end. There are plans in place to create a Junior team and, if a national pyramid structure is created connecting all teams together, then who knows where the club could go?”
Alan Taylor, club development manager for the Scottish FA’s Central region, has been supporting Cumbernauld Colts through their application process for the Legacy Award.
He said: “The award is recognition for the outstanding work which has gone on behind the scenes to make this a truly top level grassroots football club.
“The Legacy Award is for clubs who show that they are more than a football club. They have to be locally valued institutions.
“It’s a great honour for my region, Central, to be the first in Scotland to have had a club be recognised in this way.”
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