On Saturday 7th August Stenhousemuir FC Community were presented with their Quality Mark Standard Award before the first team's league opener against Peterhead.

Club Chairman Martin McNairney and Jamie Swinney, community programme manager, received their certificate at Ochilview Park from Alan Morgan, regional football development manager and Elliot Jardine from sponsors McDonalds.

The Award, part of the Quality Mark Accreditation Scheme run by the Scottish FA in partnership with McDonald’s and The Big Lottery Fund, recognises pro-active clubs and schools working to increase youth and community participation after meeting certain criteria in coach and player development, management, administration, welfare and planning.

Jamie Swinney said: “I am delighted to receive this award as recognition for the work we do in the community. Despite being a small senior club we have a very large and successful community programme and are very pleased to receive this accreditation.”

Alan Morgan said: "This is a very well-deserved award which recognises the opportunities the club provide for young people to play football. I look forward to continuing to work with them moving towards the nest award level."

There are three Quality Mark categories - Standard, Development, and Community. So far more than 100 clubs and schools have achieved accreditation over the three categories, and over 4,000 coaches have benefited from coach education and first aid training.

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