The local heroes of the East region were recently recognised thanks to the 2014 Scottish FA Grassroots Awards, presented by McDonald’s.

For over a decade the Scottish FA Grassroots Awards have recognised and celebrated the young players, volunteers and clubs across the six Scottish FA Regions who dedicate their time to grassroots football in their local community.

Gordon Deuchars has been involved in grassroots football in the Dundee region for over a decade and is currently Chairman of Broughty Athletic JFC. In 2007 Gordon initiated a proposal for all football clubs in the area of Dundee East and Broughty Ferry to come together for the benefit of the community. This organisation, Dundee East Community Sports Club, now has in excess of 2,000 member and consists of five football clubs and includes a number of other sports.

Throughout his time working in grassroots football at Broughty Athletic JFC he has created a clear player pathway between youth teams & adult teams which has resulted in an increase in retention of the youth players, sourced and project managed numerous facility projects for the club, including the £200,000 installation of an all-weather pitch and dedicated countless hours to ensure that matches take place, turning his hand to ground keeping duties.

Gordon Quinton has been involved in disability sport for over 30 years and over the past three years has worked to drive and develop Tayside Dynamos Powerchair Football Club after being approached by a player in the Disability Sport programme who was desperate to play football but found it difficult to find opportunities as a powerchair user.
In response and following extensive research with The Scottish FA Development Officer, Gordon started developing the sport in the local area initially introducing it to a local school and before long the demand was so high Tayside Dynamos Powerchair Football Club was formed. The club continues to grow and the work and time dedicated by Gordon is simply one of a kind and reflects his commitment to Disability Sport in general and to the Tayside Dynamos Powerchair Football Club.

Steve Grossi and Andy McLeish work continuously to develop Jeanfield Swifts girls section in Perth and they both put in as much work as each other to continue to develop the club. Jeanfield Girls have gone from strength to strength in the last few years as Steve and Andy aim to professionalise the club to ensure that they have a strong community feel for all the girls in the local area that are aspire to play football.

They have developed an ethos where all girls no matter what age or ability can play at the club in a fun and safe environment. Thanks to their dedication the club has now over 90 players in teams across all age groups. Their commitment knows no bounds and they are always looking at how the club can progress and reach the next level.

Allan Gallazi is employed as a Pupil Support Worker at Grove Academy in Broughty Ferry. His commitment to extra-curricular school football goes above and beyond, currently coaching the S1 - S4 & Senior school teams for Grove Academy and head coach for the School Boys Select squad. Allan is constantly attending matches or running training sessions when the school day ends.

He has played a key role in increasing participation in school football at Grove Academy.  Additionally he has developed sustainability through the school year groups by linking with the local Football Development Officer to deliver a youth coaching course to his senior pupils who now support him with the younger age groups training, games and festivals. Thanks to Alan’s leadership, Grove Academy won the School Sporting Achievement Awards at the 2013 Dundee Sports Awards ceremony recognising the senior team who made history by winning the city’s main school football cup every year for the last five seasons with three members of the most recent squad signing for Dundee FC.

As winners of a regional Scottish FA and McDonald’s Grassroots Award all are now in with the chance of winning the national accolade selected by a judging panel of Scottish FA representatives.

The National Awards will be presented to winners at a prestigious ceremony, attended by legends of the game including McDonald’s Head of Scottish Football Kenny Dalglish, held at Hampden Park tonight.

McDonald’s Head of Scottish Football, Kenny Dalglish, said: “The Scottish FA and McDonald’s grassroots awards recognise and celebrate the hard work of hundreds of grassroots volunteers across Scotland. Volunteers are the lifeblood of the game, they dedicate countless hours to ensure young players have an opportunity to play and, importantly, enjoy football. It is important that we say thank you to the volunteers and clubs who ensure that grassroots football progresses. I would like to personally thank all of them for their hard work and congratulate them on winning a regional award.”

To find out more about the Scottish FA Grassroots Awards presented by McDonald’s and The Sunday Mail, log on to www.mcdonalds.co.uk/awards and follow @2014Grassroots.