CARNOUSTIE Panmure Youth FC staff have been recognised for their valuable contribution to grassroots football at a special awards evening where they were presented with their Scottish FA Quality Mark Development Award.
The Quality Mark Accreditation Scheme run by the Scottish FA in partnership with McDonald’s and Sportscotland, recognises proactive clubs and schools working to increase youth and community participation.
The presentation took place last Saturday at Tannadice Stadium, Dundee.
There are three Quality Mark categories - Standard, Development, and Community, with the Carnoustie Club achieving Development Status.
Clubs and schools receive the award after meeting standards in areas such as coach and player development, management, administration, welfare and planning. So far more than 250 clubs and schools have achieved accreditation over the three categories, and over 4,000 coaches have benefited from coach education and first aid training.
Kevin Lee, SFA club development officer, explained: “The Quality Mark programme is designed to support new clubs get established and to give recognition to the clubs which have been well established for a number of years.
“The spectrum of support that is offered to clubs is well demonstrated by the representation of the awarded clubs today. From the newly established one team clubs, to our community and development clubs who have multiple age groups representing children, youths, and adults that have all been developing grassroots football in their local communities for a number of years - well done and thanks to all of the awards winners.”
Phil Hope, Panmure Youth FC secretary, added: “The club has been working towards achieving Quality Mark status for a number of years. To get both the Standard and Development Awards in the same year shows how committed our coaching staff are.”
Club president Derek Millar added: “We will now build on our success and we’ll start working with other clubs in the area to improve facilities and opportunities for the youth in Carnoustie.
“We are already working with Monifieth Ladies to increase the numbers of girls playing football and I’m looking for us to get to community status by 2013.”
He concluded: “It is only with the hard work of the coaches at the club that we’ve received this award and I’d like to thank them all for giving up their time.”