Tynecastle Stadium was the venue for the Scottish FA South East Region’s annual Quality Mark awards day, with over 120 representatives from clubs across the region coming together to recognise the latest recipients.  

21 clubs were presented with their awards by former Hearts player and Scottish Cup Winning Captain, Gary Locke. There are three Quality Mark categories - Standard, Development, and Community.

Community Award: Haddington Athletic, Murieston United

Development Award: Tranent Colts, Loanhead Miners, Galadean Juniors, Polbeth United

Standard Award: Dunbar United Colts, Preston Athletic, Currie Star, Lochend Youth, Liberton United, Edina Hibs, Edinburgh City, Edinburgh Star, Eskmill Boys Club, Greenlaw, Blackburn United, Armadale Sports Club, Whitburn, Craigshill Thistle, Livingston Hearts

After the awards ceremony, everyone was invited to watch the Scottish Premier League match between Hearts and St Johnstone.  Thanks must go to Heart of Midlothian Football Club for being so supportive of the event.

Gary Locke said "It is fantastic that clubs are being recognised for the hard work that goes into providing young players with an opportunity to develop as a footballer." 

The Quality Mark Accreditation Scheme, run by the Scottish FA in partnership with McDonald’s, and supported by the Big Lottery Fund, recognises proactive clubs and schools working to increase youth and community participation. 

Clubs and schools receive the award after meeting standards in areas such as coach and player development, management, administration, welfare and planning.  By the end of 2009, 46 clubs will have achieved accreditation across the South East Region, and over 1,000 coaches will have benefited from subsidised coach education and first aid training this year alone.

McDonald’s, official partner of the Scottish FA Quality Mark Accreditation Scheme, will invest £100,000 in the scheme over three years as part of its ongoing commitment to grassroots football in Scotland.

The Quality Mark scheme is supported by the Big Lottery Fund, 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 www.scottishfa.co.uk/footballdevelopment