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Grassroots hero, Billy McAdam from Linlithgow, has been named winner of the prestigious Best Coach of the Year Award at the 2013 Scottish FA Grassroots Awards thanks to years of dedicated service to Linlithgow Rose Community Football Club.

Billy, aged 42, 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.

Billy currently coaches the under-12s team at Linlithgow Rose Community Football Club, who he has been with since the start. He is an inspiration to all who he coaches and is known for his fun and fast paced sessions.

His dedication has seen players progress and improve rapidly with a number of players being selected to represent the region.

He is the driving force behind better quality coaching at Linlithgow Rose Community Football Club and has dedicated countless hours to the team.

He has also set up specialist goalkeeping coaching clinics for the club. Billy doesn’t stop there though, as he helps promote the club across the local area by taking his technical expertise into schools including Springfield Primary School where he helped to introduce pupils to football.

Billy is a dedicated coach whose enthusiasm for the game is infectious and creates an incredible atmosphere both on and now off the football pitch following his recent appointment as club chairman at Linlithgow Rose and the Community Football Club.

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: “If it wasn’t for the army of volunteers up and down the country like Billy who dedicate their free time to football then the game simply wouldn’t exist.

"Billy is a brilliant example of the remarkable individuals that give up hundreds of hours a year to ensure that kids from local areas like Linlithgow can enjoy playing football on a weekly basis.

"His extraordinary efforts are reflected in the praise he received in his nomination and my congratulations go to him on winning this award. It was a pleasure to present him with it.”