32 local clubs and schools have been recognised for their valuable contribution to grassroots football.

At a special awards evening on Saturday 19th January at Hibernian’s home ground Easter Road the 33 clubs were presented with their Scottish FA Quality Mark Awards by Scottish FA president Campbell Ogilvie.

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

There are four Quality Mark categories - Standard, Development Community and Legacy.

From the 32 clubs recognised through the scheme only two, Spartans FC and Broxburn United Sports Club, were honoured with the top Quality Mark Award – Legacy Status.

Spartans FC, formed in 1951 and based in Edinburgh, became members of the Scottish FA in 1976 and now boasts a new state of the art facility, with two synthetic 3G surfaces and a fantastic club house which has recently been extended.

They provide football to over 600 members of the community and provide nearly 2000 local residents the opportunity to take part in sport on a weekly basis.

Broxburn United Sports Club is based in West Lothian and focuses on being at the heart of the local community in Broxburn.

The club maximise the use of their fantastic facilities, they run countless community programmes at the club and in the local schools providing a great boost for the town.  

Clubs and schools are recognised through the scheme after demonstrating outstanding performances in areas such as coach and player development, management, administration, welfare and planning. By the end of 2012 more than 390 clubs and schools would have achieved accreditation over the three categories.

South East Club Development Manager for the Scottish FA David Sheldon said: “We are delighted to have been able to recognise all the fantastic work that the clubs and schools do for grassroots football.

"They put a lot of time ensuring they provide a fun and safe environment for youngsters to enjoy football.

"Without them, local children simply wouldn’t be able to play our national game. Well done to them all for achieving the high standards required to gain a Quality Mark Award and many thanks to McDonald’s and sportscotland for their continued support of the programme.”

McDonald’s, Scottish FA’s community partner since 2002, are committed to helping young footballers shine by attracting 13,000 new volunteers and 10,000 new coaches by 2014, as well as supporting 600 clubs and 52,000 players through new and existing football networks.

Through the Quality Mark Awards 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 Accreditation Scheme is supported by sportscotland, the national agency for sport. sportscotland has one clear focus – to develop a world class sporting system for Scotland – and works with partners to build success for Scottish sport.

sportscotland is a key partner in the delivery of youth football programmes, investing over £1m per year in activities including employment of club development staff, discounted coach education and training for volunteers.

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