It’s been a month to remember for Stirling Albion, whose Junior Academy have been handed the Scottish FA Quality Mark “Development Award”.

The Academy received their award at the recent William Hill Scottish Cup Third Round clash between Stirling Albion and Cumbernauld Colts at Forthbank Stadium.

Albion’s senior players won 6-0 to book a fourth round tie against the holders Inverness Caledonian Thistle, in yet another bit of bright news for The Binos.

Community Engagement Manager at Stirling Albion, Andy Todd, says the Development Award is a deserved reward for all the Academy’s hard work

He said: "Everyone at the club is delighted to achieve the Development Award within the Scottish FA Quality Mark Scheme.

“All of our volunteers have put a lot of hard work in over the last year and this is a good reward for their continued commitment and dedication."

The Quality Mark Award Scheme is designed to support and recognise the work of clubs who have the desire to be the very best they can be.

Each club must reach criteria in areas such as improving and supporting management, development structures, administration, planning, welfare and coach education.

With help from our partners McDonalds, the Scottish FA are committed to increasing participation and developing coaches and players. The passion and commitment of volunteers - like those at the Stirling Albion Junior Academy - is vital to this objective.

Scott Kinross, Scottish FA Football Development Officer for Active Stirling said: "Stirling Albion Junior Academy have worked extremely hard to reach the Development Level after obtaining Standard Level a few years ago. 

"The club are continuing to develop further and have a good group of committed volunteers who give up so much time to provide opportunities to young footballers to participate in weekly training sessions and matches".