Scottish FA President pays visit to Kelty Hearts

Earlier this year it was confirmed that Kelty Hearts became the 89th official member club of the Scottish FA.

On Friday, 8 December, Scottish FA President Alan McRae attended New Central Park to formally present their certificate and meet members from the club. 

Kelty Hearts were formed in 1975 as an amateur side and left junior football at the end of last season after winning the East Region Super League title for the second time in three years.

They then moved into the East of Scotland League.Attaining a Scottish FA licence now provides the club automatic entry into the Scottish Cup and the pyramid system.

This will allow them the opportunity to progress into the Scottish Lowland Football League and potentially the SPFL.

Alan McRae and Ian Thomson

Scottish FA President Alan McRae said: “It was great to visit Kelty Hearts and speak to members of their club to learn more about their journey and their ambitions for the future.

“They have been deservedly named as an official member club of the association following an impressive rise.

“They have made big steps towards improving the club in a short space of time and I’m excited to see what their next steps are.”

Kelty Hearts Club Official Derek Hodgson said: "The club were delighted to welcome the Scottish FA President to New Central Park and are absolutely thrilled that Kelty Hearts Football Club are now members of the Scottish Football Association.

"We are proud to say our club meet entry level requirements on all points in terms of our ground, first team criteria, legal, finance, administration and codes of practice.

"This opens a lot of doors that will help us enormously in continuing to move the club forward."