Kintore Boys Club have become the latest club to attain the Standard Quality Mark award. Club Secretary Joyce Reid said” We are delighted to achieve the Quality Mark Standard Award which has helped us greatly to improve and enhance the standards set by our club. Our coaching staff found the courses attended very beneficial and we take pride in giving the best opportunities to youth players. It is an assurance that we have all the requirements in place and we will continue to work with the Scottish FA.
 
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, thenational 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 and if your Club is keen to join the scheme please contact Mark Slater at Mark.Slater@scottishfa.co.uk