Tomorrow night the Scottish FA Grassroots Awards presented by McDonald’s and the Sunday Mail takes place at Hampden Park for the 15th consecutive year.
The awards night aims to recognise and reward people across the country that make a difference to grassroots football in their local community.
The awards are split into regional and national categories with grassroots clubs, coaches and volunteers from any of the six Scottish FA regions able to be nominated.
Scotland and Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish is the McDonald’s Scottish Grassroots Football Ambassador and will be in attendance on the night along with Scotland Women’s head coach Shelley Kerr.
The showpiece award on the night is the People’s Choice Award where Jane Lavery of Pollok United Soccer Academy, Kevin O’Neil of Blantyre Soccer Academy and Phil Cope of Carnoustie Panmure are up for the gong.
Jane Lavery runs the under-9s and under-11s girls teams at Pollok United Soccer Academy in addition to assisting with the disability group. She regularly sacrifices her own time to travel considerable distances to facilitate coaching sessions and has created a legacy for future young girls to have a pathway into football
Kevin O’Neil is the Head of Academy for Blantyre Soccer Academy, with approximately 400 registered players, overseeing all football matters for the full pathway from 2012's to Amateur team and a Disability Section.
Phil Hope is the Chairman of Carnoustie Panmure FC and U17s coach. His many achievements in 2016/17 include combining four separate clubs to create one community club, creating an off-field mental health football programme and successfully campaigning for additional facilities under Community Asset Transfer.
The other awards which will be presented on the night are as follows:
Best Community Football Club
Best Professional Club in the Community
Best Volunteer in Youth Football
Best Volunteer in Adult Football
Best Volunteer in Girls'/Women's Football
Best Disability Football Project