Rossvale FC has received the 250th Scottish FA Quality Mark Award.

The Bishopbriggs club took the club accreditation scheme, run in partnership with McDonald’s and sportscotland, to the milestone figure after being recognised for its work 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.

Rossvale FC was founded in 1976, and now fields 34 male and female teams each weekend. The club has over 600 playing members ranging from five years-old to adults.  Each week 110 dedicated coaches give up their free time to help the club to continue to reach a higher standard of football.

The club has worked hard I recent years to increase its provision for girls and has now established a football academy for young female players.

Club chairman Ian Grey was presented with the Quality Mark Community Award  by Scotland women and Glasgow City star Emma Fernon at the clubs’ regional girl’s football festival.

Ian said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Rossvale, the club has worked tirelessly to ensure we reach this standard, but, our ambitions as a club don’t stop there. The Quality Mark programme has given us the confidence to keep moving forward and reach higher standards. I would like to thank everyone at the club for their efforts.”

Emma Fernon said: “When I was young there wasn’t much opportunity for girls to play in girls teams. I grew up playing against boys, and that can often put young girls off taking up the sport. The provision here at Rossvale is fantastic and they deserve to be recognised for their efforts.”

Scottish FA central region football development manager, Alan Taylor, said: “I am delighted for Rossvale FC. The players, coaches and volunteers at the club have worked hard to provide an environment where players and coaches can develop in a positive, safe and progressive way.  The Scottish FA Partnership with McDonald's and sportscotland allows the opportunity to support many grassroots clubs of which Rossvale FC is a fantastic example.”

There are three Quality Mark categories - Standard, Development, and Community and to date 250 clubs and schools have achieved accreditation across the three categories, what more over 4,000 coaches have benefited from coach education and first aid training.

McDonald’s, Scottish FA’s community partner since 2002, will help to attract 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 accreditation 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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