The official Opening Ceremony of MILTON ROVERS YFC, Burn Road Synthetic Sports Pitches in Carluke took place on the afternoon on Saturday 30th October 2010 by Cabinet Secretary for Justice Kenny MacAskill MSP. Also attending were Louis Munn JP - Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Lanarkshire, Alan MacNab - Implementation Project Manager for the SFA, John Brown - SFA South West Region Club Development Manager, Kate Matthews - Facilities Project Manager for SportScotland, several local elected members, club sponsors, committee members and young players.


Club Chairman David Lannigan, Secretary Dougie Denholm and funding expert Ian McKnight, along with the rest of the hard working committee, have worked tirelessly to develop the club over recent years and their efforts are there for all to see!


The opening ceremony was followed by the presentation of the Scottish FA’s prestigious Quality Mark Community Award.


The Award, part of the Quality Mark Accreditation Scheme run by the Scottish FA in partnership with McDonald’s, recognises proactive clubs working to increase youth and community participation.


Clubs receive the Quality Mark Community Award, after meeting a series of criteria in areas such as coach and player development, management, administration, welfare, and planning.


The scheme is part of McDonald’s long-standing partnership with the Scottish FA, which has also helped to create over 1,400 community coaches across Scotland since 2002. Through the 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 SportScotland, 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.


For further information on the Scottish FA Quality Mark programme, please visit or call John Brown