Grassroots hero Graham Robertson, from Kilmacolm, has been named winner of the Scottish FA's West region's Best Volunteer in Youth Football Award, in the 2012 Scottish FA Grassroots Awards, presented by McDonald’s and the Sunday Mail.
The Grassroots Awards celebrate those young players, coaches and volunteers in the six Scottish FA regions, who dedicate their time to supporting grassroots football in their local community.
Quarriers United was the brainchild of Graham Robertson. Due to no local team for the Kilmacolm/Quarriers Village catchment area being available Graham set about creating one for the local community.
Since being founded in 2004 the club has since grown to include 150 boys and girls aged between six and 15 playing local football on a weekly basis and thanks to Graham’s superb work the club recently achieved the Scottish FA Quality Mark.
As winner of the regional Volunteer in Youth Football Award Graham Robertson will now be included in the national shortlist, with the National Award winners being announced at a special ceremony at Hampden Park on Thursday September 27th.
Danny Bisland, football development officer for the West region, said: “Graham is a legend of the game in our eyes and it is right that we take the time, not just to recognise his dedication to the game, but also to say thank you for the enthusiasm and time that Graham gives up.
"Without the thousands of volunteers, like Graham, dedicating their time and effort passing on their skills to others, grassroots football in local communities simply wouldn’t happen.
"I want to wish Graham the best of luck in the national awards later this year, and we look forward to hearing the results.”
Graham said: “It is an honour to be recognised in this way for my work in grassroots football.
"I am lucky enough to have worked with many very dedicated and hardworking people and this award is also for them.
"I just hope that I can do them proud now I have been shortlisted for the National Award.”
Other winners from the West include:
• Best Volunteer in Adult Football – Charlie Henderson
• Best Volunteer in Disability Football – Stuart Aitchison
• Best Volunteer in Schools Football – Alistair MacPherson
• Best Volunteer in Girls and Women’s Football – Laura Williamson
Voting for the national awards is still open. To vote now for your Professional or Community Club of the Year and Coach of the Year click here
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