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The first Junior club in the South West Region to receive a Quality Mark award have added another two teams to its youth set-up.

The move means more players born in 2005, 2006 and 2007 can start on the club’s National Player Pathway.

This is a system where players of certain ages play in formats suitable for their age and stage of development.

Quality Mark, a Scottish FA club accreditation programme, is designed to support and recognise the work of clubs and teams who have a desire to be the very best they can be.

To gain one of the awards - Entry, Standard, Development, Community or Legacy – there is a related list of criteria that the club must achieve.

A National Player Pathway is one of the criteria to be met.

The aim for the all-time record Scottish Junior Cup winners is to have youth players feed into the adult team.

Charlie Richmond, club development manager for Auchinleck, said: “I'm delighted with the way things are progressing with the youngest age groups.

"They have obviously enjoyed the 'taster sessions' over the last few months and now is the time for the kids and coaches to get together weekly as they take the teams forward.”

Graeme Mathie, the Scottish FA South West club development manager who helped the club attain its Standard Quality Mark award, said: "This is another important step in an on-going project within Auchinleck Talbot FC. 

"Starting new sections, who will shortly engage with the 4v4 programmes in Ayrshire, is a key part of successful club development.

"Given the numbers of players, parents, and potential coaches who attended the taster sessions over the summer, I have no doubt that with continued hard work from a committed group of club leaders, the club will develop into a successful community club that will provide much benefit for the local community."

To learn more about Quality Mark and register your club to the programme, please click here.