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Grassroots hero, Philip Stuart, from Elgin, has been named winner of the prestigious Best Volunteer in Schools Football Award at the 2013 Scottish FA Grassroots Awards thanks to his outstanding work providing an excellent football education to pupils at Milnes High School in Moray.
Philip collected the award at Hampden Park at the national ceremony from McDonald’s Head of Scottish Football, Kenny Dalglish and Scotland Assistant National Coach Mark McGhee.
Now in their 10th year, the awards recognise and celebrate the young players, coaches and volunteers in the six Scottish FA Regions, who dedicate their time to grassroots football in their local community.
For the last eight years Phil has dedicated the majority of his time to high school football at Milnes High School in Moray. Now in his 9th season of managing the Milnes High school side, Phil also dedicates a lot of his free time volunteering at Lhanbryde Primary School to help get children off the streets and playing sport, channelling their energy in a positive way.
Over the last two years he has also managed a team at Elgin boys club during the spring and summer – again giving up hours of his free time to help coach and train young footballers, giving them the chance to play and enjoy football.
This year, hundreds of nominations were received from across the country, with nominees first recognised at a regional level across the five volunteer categories before going on to be shortlisted for the national awards.
McDonald’s Head of Scottish Football, Kenny Dalglish said: “Grassroots football is vital to the game and without all of hard work of the volunteers and coaches up and down the country, we simply wouldn’t have football.
"It is fitting that their dedication and achievements have been honoured at Hampden Park and my congratulations go to Philip and it was a pleasure to present him with an award. His work with Milnes High School is exemplary and all of the pupils are benefitting greatly from his footballing knowledge. ”