Two Club Website members have scooped top awards from the Scottish FA for their services to grassroots football.
Doug Johnston (pictured, centre) from Linlithgow and Derek Paterson from Kelso collected their Scottish FA Grassroots Football Awards from Scottish legend Kenny Dalglish and Scotland manager Craig Levein at the Hampden Park ceremony.
Johnston received the award for Best Volunteer in Girls & Women’s Football for his work at Linlithgow Rose Community Football Club, while Paterson was crowned Best Volunteer in Youth Football for his efforts at Kelso Football Club, both clubs who have websites powered by Club Website.
The winners joined the members of another Club Website club in celebration, after Westdyke Community Club was named Best Community Football Club.
The awards, presented by McDonald’s and the Sunday Mail, celebrate the efforts of the tireless volunteers who give their valuable time and effort to provide footballing opportunities in communities across Scotland.
Johnston was crowned Best Volunteer in Girls & Women’s Football having been a real catalyst in the development of the girls’ squads at Linlithgow Rose CFC over the past few years.
His determination and spirit to develop women’s football in the area has seen the teams grow from strength to strength, with him giving up much of his own time to do this, from organising the club to coaching the girls.
Doug’s enthusiasm for the game is infectious and he spends much of his time visiting local schools to run taster sessions, encouraging girls to take up football and try something new. His proactive approach has seen the club bring through some great female players and the club simply wouldn't exist without him.
Paterson collected the Best Volunteer in Youth Football award for his efforts in establishing the youth section of Kelso FC, set up nearly ten years ago. Since then teams have grown under his leadership and have proved successful outfits.
Derek works tirelessly for the kids and Kelso FC helping to organise twice weekly training sessions, while also ensuring that coaches are in place for every age group and can provide the necessary training.
He additionally coaches primary school children every Friday evening as part of the SFA Soccer Centres. His role in the community is appreciated by parents, teachers and coaches across the entire region.
McDonald’s Head of Scottish Football Kenny Dalglish praised both men for their commitment to grassroots football in Scotland.
“Football in communities is built on the dedication of people like Doug and Derek. Without the hard work and dedication of all the grassroots volunteers like them, Scottish football simply wouldn’t exist.
"What Doug and Derek have accomplished over the past year to help develop football in the community and at their club is truly worthy of the recognition they have received at the awards ceremony.
Club Website would like to offer their congratulations to Doug, Derek and all of the winners at the Scottish FA Grassroots Awards. It's people like you who make football the great game that it is.
Image courtesy of scottishfa.co.uk.