The unsung heroes of Scotland’s grassroots football have a chance to earn some well-deserved recognition, with the opening of nominations for the 2018 Scottish FA Grassroots Awards.

The annual Scottish FA grassroots awards presented by McDonald’s and the Sunday Mail aim to recognise and reward people across the country that make a difference to grassroots football in their local community.

The awards are split into regional and national categories and grassroots clubs, coaches and volunteers from any of the six Scottish FA regions can be nominated.

Awards are presented at local ceremonies, ahead of a showpiece national ceremony, so there are plenty of opportunities for grassroots football heroes across the country to be recognised.

Andy Gould, Scottish FA Head of Football Development: “Scotland has a thriving grassroots game, which has made great strides in the past year – including girls’ and boys’ football and para-football – but none of the success we have enjoyed would be possible were it not for the dedication of the inspirational volunteers working hard within their communities.

“We have now worked with McDonald’s for more than 15 years to recognise the dedication of those supporting grassroots football across Scotland through the Scottish FA Grassroots Awards, recognising some truly inspirational people in that period, and this year will be no exception."

Regional Categories

  1. Best Volunteer in Youth Football
  2. Best Volunteer in Adult Football
  3. Best Volunteer in Girls’ /Women’s’ Football
  4. Best Para-Football Project
  5. Best Community Football Project (Potential to promote regionally via twitter for voting)
  6. Best Young Volunteer – Additional in line with Scot Gov Year of Young People 2018.

National Categories

  1. Best Volunteer in Youth Football
  2. Best Volunteer in Adult Football
  3. Best Volunteer in Girls/Womens’ Football
  4. Best Disability Football Project
  5. Best Community Football Project
  6. Best Young Volunteer
  7. Best Community Football Club
  8. Best Professional Football Club in the Community
  9. Peoples Awards (Selected from best within regional categories & voted by public)
  10. Merit Winner (From highest votes received above)

The national awards evening has been provisionally scheduled for Thursday, 18 October at Hampden Park.

For more information, or to nominate a grassroots football club or volunteer, visit