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Inverness-based Merkinch Football Academy has been recognised for the valuable contribution it has made to grassroots football in the Highlands.

Peter Budge, Scottish FA and High Life Highland football development officer presented the club with their Scottish FA Quality Mark Standard Award - an accreditation scheme which seeks to help clubs fulfil their ambitions.

Clubs are recognised through the scheme after demonstrating outstanding performances in areas such as coach and player development, management, administration, welfare and planning.

Scottish FA club development manager for the Scottish FA’s North Regional team, Mark Slater, said:

We are delighted to have been able to recognise all the fantastic work that the club does for grassroots football.

“They put a lot of time ensuring they provide a fun and safe environment for youngsters to enjoy football.

“Without them, local children simply wouldn’t be able to play our national game. Well done to them for achieving the high standards required to gain a Quality Mark Award and many thanks to McDonald’s and sportscotland for their continued support of the programme.”

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