Dunipace Juniors Football Club have been recognised for their valuable contribution to grassroots football.

Alan Learmouth and Gary Clark from the club were presented with the Scottish FA Quality Mark Standard Award at The Falkirk Stadium on Saturday 26 February 2011.

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 receive the award after meeting standards in areas such as coach and player development, management, administration, welfare and planning.

Dunipace Juniors Football Club is based in Denny. Nicknamed the Pace, they were formed in 1888 and the senior team compete in the West Region of the Scottish Junior Football Association. Over the last 3 years they have introduced Youth football formally within the club. They have in place Under 15 and Under 19 teams and are working towards increasing this number as they work towards establishing a footballing pathway for youth players in the area by providing the opportunity to be associated with a Scottish football club with a long history in the game and in the local community.

Dunipace Juniors Vice Chairman John Price said ‘This is a great achievement for the club and while we are pleased with the progress the club has made over the last couple of years we aim to build on this award by continuing to grow and develop a sound and structured pathway for young players in the local area’.

Scottish FA Football Development Manager Alan Morgan said: “I am delighted Dunipace Juniors Football Club have been awarded the Standard Award. The recent award recognises the hard work they have put into this and ensures that good standards are adhered to within the club. I look forward to working with them moving towards the Development Award.”

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.
For further information on the Scottish FA Quality Mark programme, please visit www.scottishfa.co.uk/footballdevelopment