Representatives from two Dumbarton clubs were at Strathclyde Home stadium last week to receive their new Quality Mark certificates last week.

The Quality Mark Accreditation Scheme, run by the Scottish FA in partnership with McDonald’s and The Big Lottery Fund, recognises pro-active clubs and schools working to increase youth and community participation.

Before the Dumbarton vs Alloa Athletic game, Dumbarton Riverside was presented with a Quality Mark Standard award, whilst Dumbarton United reached the second level, Development, which means that they provide playing opportunities for four or more age groups and increased levels of coach certification.

On hand to present the awards were Dumbarton FC players, Stevie Murray and David McEwan and Scottish FA Football Development Officer, Mark Spalding.

Alan Taylor, football development manager for Dunbartonshire and Lanarkshire said: "Congratulations to both clubs on receiving these awards, recognising the opportunities they offer to young players from the Dumbarton area.  Both clubs have shown a real commitment to recruiting and developing excellent grassroots coaches."

Special thanks also go to Jim Chapman and Dumbarton FC for accomodating the presentation and inviting 50 young players along to the game.

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