Nine local clubs have been recognised for their valuable contribution to grassroots football.

At a special awards evening at Hilton Double Tree Hotel, Aberdeen the clubs were presented with their Scottish FA Quality Mark Awards.

The Quality Mark Accreditation Scheme, run by the Scottish FA in partnership with McDonald’s and The Big Lottery Fund, recognises proactive clubs and schools working to increase youth and community participation. There are three Quality Mark categories - Standard, Development, and Community.

The following clubs received their awards:

Development Award
Buckie Thistle Football Development
Westdyke Boys Club

Standards Award
Dyce Boys Club
Kintore United FC
ALC Lewis FC
Cove Boys Club
Thurso Youth FC
Alness United FC
Brora Rangers Youth FC

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

Mark Slater, SFA Club Development Manager for the North Region added “I'd like to congratulate all these clubs for what is a fantastic achievement on attaining the Quality Mark Awards, it recognizes their hard work and dedication to improving football for players in the their areas. We now have 29 award holders in the North region and 34 other clubs working towards an award so it shows there is a lot of hard work going on at grassroots level by these volunteers in which the players will reap the benefits. 4 of these clubs now have the Development Award and I am confident that the North will have at least one Community Award holder in 2011.”

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 the Quality Mark Accreditation Scheme, 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 scheme is supported by the Big Lottery Fund, which contributes to the employment of all Scottish FA club development staff, as well as discounted coach education and first aid courses for grassroots volunteers. The Big Lottery Fund is a key Scottish FA partner, contributing £6m to the delivery of the Scottish FA Youth Action Plan.

For further information on the Scottish FA Quality Mark programme, please visit