Milton Rovers YFC from Carluke have been recognised for their years of work in their local community by receiving the Scottish FA Quality Mark – Community Award. This was awarded to Rovers at the recent Scottish FA South West Region Quality Mark Awards.

The club was originally set up in 1991 after investment from local businessmen and residents. In an area where was not much to do for the local young people, the club was set up with the one goal of bringing football to a grass roots level and giving youngsters an outlet with their spare time. The club now flourishes with teams over 10 different age groups and has its own complex with two 11-a-side pitches and a five-a-side cage.

Gaining this recognition was no easy feat and it took a lot of hard work from everyone at the club over a 9 month period to get to this point. However, Rovers secretary Graeme McAdam believes the club will reap the benefits from this experience.

“It has took us nine months to get to where we are now but it has been a very enjoyable experience. With everyone working off the same agenda to bring grassroots football to the club which is going to be beneficial to Scottish Football as a whole.” McAdam said.

The club had to work closely with the Scottish FA in order to gain the Community Quality Mark and McAdam spoke very highly of the help and cooperation Rover’s received from the Association.

He said: “We have had a very good working relationship with the SYFA and, in terms of the Quality Mark, we had meetings with Graeme Mathie and David Sheldon from the Scottish FA. These were very beneficial to both the coaches and the parents in explaining how to get the best out of grassroots football and also making it more enjoyable for the kids.” McAdam said.

The further now for Milton Rovers YFC remains the same as it has always been. Bringing grassroots football to the club for all ages; to the benefit of the local community and the whole of Scottish football.

Scottish FA Club Development Manager David Sheldon said, “Graham and his team of Coaches and Volunteers have done a fantastic job in creating great opportunities for the locals of Carluke. 

"They have a great home and are always looking to develop their Club. With Graham at the helm the future is bright for Milton Rovers”.