Grassroots heroes collect National Grassroots Football Awards during joyous evening at Hampden Park

On Thursday 20th October, representatives of grassroots football clubs across Scotland attended the Scottish FA Grassroots Awards at Hampden Park. The awards, now in their fifteenth year, recognise and celebrate volunteers and clubs across Scotland who dedicate their time to local grassroots football.

The annual event is the pinnacle of the SFA regional awards, this year, hundreds of nominations were received from across the country, with nominees first recognised at a regional level before going on to be shortlisted for the national awards. Twelve awards were presented on the evening, with the accolades presented by Scottish football legends Alex McLeish, Shelley Kerr and Suzanne Winters.

McDonald’s Grassroots Football Ambassador, Sir Kenny Dalglish MBE, commented; “Grassroots football wouldn’t exist without the amazing volunteers that put so much into the game. These awards are an important way to recognise the time, dedication and passion from those individuals. Congratulations to all the winners for their achievements and continued commitment to grassroots football.”

The 2018 Scottish FA Grassroots Awards in partnership with McDonald’s and the Sunday Mail national winners are as follows:

·         Football Restaurant of the Year – Corstorphine, Edinburgh

·         Football Mum of the Year – Claire Kidd

·         Best Volunteer in Youth Football – Josephine Rodger, Milton AFC

·         Best Volunteer in Adult Football – George Allan, Morgan FP AFC

·         Best Para-Football Project – Team United Sports, Broxburn United

·         Best Volunteer in Girls’/Women’s Football – Nigel Thorpe, Blackburn United FC

·         Best Community Football for All Project – Tackling Recovery, Queens Park FC

·         Best Community Football Club – Dundee West

·         Best Professional Club in the Community – Hibernian Community Foundation

·         Special Recognition Award – Football Memories Project

·         Best Young Person – Ben Mitchell, Stirling Albion FC

·         People’s Choice Award – Robbie Anderson, Spartans CFA

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Notes to editors:

McDonald’s and The Scottish Football Association Community Partnership

McDonald’s has been community partner with The Scottish Football Association for the past 15 years. During this time they have helped support hundreds of grassroots clubs to raise the standards of grassroots football across the country.

As part of McDonald’s continued commitment to improving the standard of grassroots football across Scotland the partnership will focus on supporting Quality Mark clubs, to help raise the standards of grassroots football through better safety, better advice, better coaching for better coaches, better kit, better support and better recognition for volunteers.

Being awarded The Scottish Football Association Quality Mark Club kitemark, demonstrates to all members, parents, sponsors and the general public that the club is well-run and safe with opportunities for all. There are currently over 350 clubs who have achieved the Quality Mark Club kitemark.

Five Million Hours of Fun Football

This year, McDonald’s announced a new deal with the four home nation Football Associations, including the Scottish FA, to bring five million hours of fun football for children across the UK by 2022. Through ‘turn up and play’ coaching sessions and more Community Football Days than ever before, McDonald’s will provide over 500,000 children the opportunity to try football for the first time. The wider focus of the programme will remain to encourage participation, helping to support grassroots clubs and their volunteers, raise the standards of grassroots football across the UK and improve the grassroots experience for young, aspiring footballers.