The local heroes of the North 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.

Stuart Marlow, who won the Scottish FA North Region Volunteer in Adult Football Award, has been involved with Halliburton AFC since 1977 and has made over 1,100 appearances for the club. A dedicated volunteer, he does everything from washing kits and lining the pitch, to organising fundraisers and sponsorship for the club. He recently had heart surgery and still didn’t miss a game.

Marcus Brown, winner of the Volunteer in Disability Football Award, has been instrumental in setting up the region’s first powerchair football team. Coaching Saturday afternoon sessions and traveling to Glasgow on his weekends to learn more about the game, his enthusiasm gives young players with a disability the opportunity to play the national game.

Kim McRobbie, winner of the Volunteer in Girls and Women’s Football Award, spent the last few years setting up the Aberdeen Girls’ Under-9s and Under-11s development section, which is now thriving. In 2013 she joined the North Region Girls Football League to develop primary-age girls’ football in Aberdeen. Running Sunday morning girls’ football events and the U12 girls’ development squad are just a few of her many contributions.

For over nine years Wesley McLean and his family have given up every Tuesday evening to providing grassroots football sessions to local school children studying at Maud School. Wesley has dedicated countless hours to the school and has a hand in every aspect of ensuring that the children can enjoy playing football, from sorting training kits to organising team transport, no task is too small. For that reason, he has been awarded the Schools Volunteer award.

Youth Volunteer award winner Paul Reid of Thurso United dedicates many hours in the day looking after the administration of Thurso United and helping to raise awareness of the club in the community.  As well as coaching one of the club’s sides, he also helps to look after safeguarding children courses and an endless list of administrative duties without which the club could not operate.

As winners of a regional Scottish FA and McDonald’s Grassroots Award they 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 on September 25th.

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.