Clubs were honoured at the annual Scottish FA South West Regional Quality Mark Awards, supported by sportscotland, on Saturday.
The Park Hotel, next door to Kilmarnock FC’s Rugby Park, played host to the event where clubs and volunteers were recognised for their outstanding work in the grassroots game.
To gain one of the awards – Bronze (Standard), Silver (Development), Gold (Community) or Platinum (Legacy) – clubs must meet the relevant Quality Mark criteria.
Designed to support and recognise the work of clubs who have the desire to be the very best they can be, the Scottish FA Quality Mark accreditation programme aims to improve and support club structures relating to governance, environment & people.
AWARDS | Highlights of the 2018 @ScottishFA Quality Mark Awards @KilmarnockFC #QMAwards— South West Region (@ScotFASouthWest) December 5, 2018
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Scottish FA regional staff and Football Development officers from the South West region assisted in the presentation of the awards after working with clubs from their respective area.
John Brown, Scottish FA Regional Manager, also took to the stage at the awards thanking the Clubs and talked passionately about the superheroes that lead the clubs within local communities.
"The Quality Mark Awards is an opportunity to highlight all the great work done in grassroots football throughout the region and we are pleased that so many clubs have engaged in the process this year," said Brown.
"For many of the clubs being recognised, Quality Mark is a key component of their vision and ethos, and for others who are just starting the journey it has helped them think more about planning for the future and becoming more sustainable.’’
David Sheldon, Scottish FA South West Regional Club Development Manager, said: "It has been a pleasure working with every one of these clubs this year.
"It is remarkable to see the amount of time and effort people are prepared to give on a voluntary basis just to let people play football, and the awards are a great way to say thank you and to recognise the work the volunteers do, as they create Football for Life in their local Communities.
"I would also like to pay our gratitude to sportscotland and our local partners for their continued support of the Scottish FA Quality Mark Programme.”