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Grassroots hero, Mark Adams, from Glasgow, has been named winner of the prestigious Best Volunteer in Adult Football Award at the 2013 Scottish FA Grassroots Awards thanks to his commitment to helping young adults in the north of the city get access to the game in a safe and welcoming environment.

Mark, aged 45, collected the award at Hampden Park at the national ceremony from McDonald’s Head of Scottish Football, Kenny Dalglish and Scotland Assistant National Coach Mark McGhee.

Now in their 10th year, the awards recognise and celebrate the young players, coaches and volunteers in the six Scottish FA Regions, who dedicate their time to grassroots football in their local community.

Eight years ago, Mark founded the North Glasgow Football Development Group which was set up to provide young people and adults in North Glasgow with access to football and the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful game in group activities.

This includes training sessions and matches, encouraging teamwork and socialising as well as keeping fit and active through football.

Since 2005, the programme has gone on to create three after-school clubs in the local area and also a community coaching session which is enjoyed by more than 60 young adults in North Glasgow.

The session includes dedicated coaching sessions around key skills and gives members the chance to develop their football abilities in practice matches as part of a group.

This year, hundreds of nominations were received from across the country, with nominees first recognised at a regional level across the five volunteer categories before going on to be shortlisted for the national awards.

McDonald’s Head of Scottish Football, Kenny Dalglish said: “Having access to quality football sessions in inner-cities can be difficult but it’s thanks to people like Mark and his group in North Glasgow that people from these areas can enjoy the game.

"It is important that communities within cities work together to develop football in the area and that’s exactly what they have done in the north of the city. My congratulations go to Mark - it was a pleasure to present him with his award.”