The unsung heroes of grassroots football were honoured at the 8th Scottish FA Grassroots Awards, presented by McDonald's and The Sunday Mail. The annual ceremony, took place at Hampden Park and celebrated the efforts of the tireless volunteers who give their valuable time and effort to provide footballing opportunities in communities across the country. Once again volunteers from the South East Region featured highly on the prize lists with two winners on thr night, Robert Wilson and Ian Husband.
Best Volunteer in Schools Football - Robert Wilson
Bob is Edinburgh schools football- for over 30 years Bob has been the fixtures secretary. Throughout the same time he has run numerous teams at Forrester High School. In addition he is heavily involved in the Edinburgh select side. Quite literally generations of school children in Edinburgh owe their start to Bob. He is also a registered referee. Despite now being in his 60s, if he cannot raise a referee (haven laid out the strips and put the nets up), he will take up the whistle to ensure the game goes ahead. It’s no exaggeration to say that without Bob there would be no Edinburgh schools football.
Best Volunteer in Disability Football- Ian Husband
For over thirty years Ian Husband has been a player, coach, manager, fund-raiser and administrator within Scottish deaf football in particular Edinburgh Deaf Football Club.
In addition to working with his beloved Edinburgh team he also for many years was both Secretary and Chairman of the Scottish Deaf Football League. Ian has helped to ensure clubs throughout Scotland have a clear and fair structure to play there football in.
Recently Ian has turned his hand to the Scottish Deaf International team. Ian, who was capped for Scotland during his early playing career, has fought the corner of the Scottish representation at meetings and assemblies across Europe. If it wasn't for Ian's determination, know how and dedication the Scottish Deaf Futsal team would not have made their debut at the European Deaf Championships in November 2010.
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Our congratulations go out to all the winners and nominees.