Quality mark for local clubs

FOUR Forfar football clubs have been recognised for their valuable contribution to grassroots football.

Junior clubs Forfar Albion and Forfar West End alongside youth clubs Forfar Boys’ Club and Lochside Boys’ Club have been awarded Quality Mark Accreditation.

The Quality Mark Accreditation Scheme, run by the Scottish FA in partnership with Angus Council, McDonalds and sportscotland, recognises proactive clubs and schools working to increase youth and community participation in the sport.

For the first time in Angus, four junior football clubs (adult) have been recognised through the scheme. All of the local clubs aim to provide a positive experience for players, in turn looking to encourage players to stay within their local community.

Daryl McKenzie, Forfar West End player/manager, said: “We are delighted to be awarded official Quality Mark Standard status.

“Since coming out of abeyance in the summer we have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to develop the club.

“We are looking forward to officially linking up with Lochside Boys Club and developing our new Community Club.”

Carnoustie Panmure FC have received the community award, an achievement made possible through the work of many volunteers leading to the amalgamation of the local junior, youth and girls clubs.

Football development officer for Angus Council, Craig Pilon said: “With many clubs achieving Quality Mark status this year, football in Angus is certainly demonstrating the ability to deliver to set standards. With many of the junior, youth and girls clubs now accredited, it is an exciting time to be involved with football in Angus.”

Elsewhere in Angus, Brechin Victoria and Carnoustie Panmure have also received the awards.

For further information on the Scottish FA Quality Mark programme, visit www.scottishfa.co.uk/qualitymark