Forfar Albion Junior Football Club are the first Junior Club within the SFA East Region to have been awarded the SFA Adult Quality Mark accreditation.
The award is part of the development of their ambitions to become a bigger, better and stronger club that is committed to increasing local Forfar community participation in football, raising standards and increasing the development of players, coaches and volunteers.
The club’s recent affiliation with Forfar Boys’ Club and amateur club Letham Lads is proving very successful and has created a pathway for coaches, players and volunteers to develop their interest and participation in grassroots football all the way from under-7s to under-19s and onward into Amateur and Junior Level Football.
Doug Reid, secretary Forfar Albion Junior Football Club, said: “Forfar Albion are delighted to have their efforts to improve quality standards and develop juvenile, youth and community participation at the Club recognised by the Scottish Football Association through their partnership with McDonalds and Sportscotland.
“The encouragement, guidance and support provided by Kevin Lee, SFA Club Development Manager, was exceptional and made what initially appeared to be a rather daunting task quite simple and straightforward.
“We hope to continue to work in partnership with the SFA to further develop both the football skills and facilities at the Club as part of our approach to continual improvement and increased community participation.”
Mr Lee added: “We are delighted that Forfar Albion JFC are the first junior club in the East Region to achieve the new Adult Quality Mark accreditation.
“Forfar Albion are an excellent club who are working closely with local youth Quality Mark club Forfar Boys’ Club to provide a pathway from children and youths into the adult game, which we hope will encourage local players to stay in Forfar and football. “For some areas Junior football is the pinnacle of a player’s career while providing a social experience for the local community.
“We look forward to continuing our support to Forfar Albion and we hope that the good work that is happening in Forfar will encourage others to follow suit with achieving Quality Mark status.”
Tom Johnstone, secretary of the Scottish Junior Football Association, was quick to extend his regards to the club: “Congratulations! It’s a credit to all at Forfar Albion and a reward for all the good work going on at the club.
“The SJFA see the QM as an opportunity in the first instance for junior clubs to raise standards and going on from there increase their involvement and presence in the Community in general.”
John Reilly, general secretary, East Region, Scottish Junior Football Association added: “The East Region Junior FA are really pleased with the hard work and determination put in by Forfar Albion JFC to achieve their Adult Quality Mark Accreditation.
“This is an excellent achievement by Forfar Albion JFC and we as an Association would like to see more of our clubs follow the same path and get the communities more involved in the game at our level, which in the long run I am sure will be beneficial to all.”