Claremont AFC enjoyed a surprise visit from Scottish football legend Kenny Dalglish to a recent training session.
The former Liverpool and Scotland star dropped into a session at the East Kilbride club – whose website is powered by Club Website – in his role as McDonald’s Head of Scottish Football.
He was there to visit Claremont coach Michael Dyer – named Coach of the Year at the 2014 Scottish FA Grassroots Awards – and encourage communities across Scotland to get behind their local club or grassroots hero and nominate them for the 2015 awards.
During his visit to Claremont – the first East Kilbride club to be awarded the SFA’s Quality Mark and the Quality Mark Legacy Award – Dalglish oversaw a training session, met with club officials and spent time on the pitch with club coaches, passing on his expertise before hosting a Q&A with players.
“AFC Claremont are an incredibly well run club with an army of dedicated volunteers,” said Dalglish.
“It was an absolute pleasure to meet them today, their passion for the game was extremely inspiring and it is reassuring to know that they are looking after the next generation of footballers in East Kilbride.
“Without clubs like AFC Claremont, grassroots football in Scotland wouldn’t exist, we are lucky to have clubs like them and it’s so important that we say thank you for all their hard work. I would like to urge anyone who has been inspired by their local club or grassroots volunteer to nominate them for a 2015 award.”
Claremont deputy chairman John Mitchell said: “It was an honour to have Kenny visit AFC Claremont over the weekend. He is a true legend of the game and it was brilliant to hear him talk so highly of the club and watch him spend time with our coaches and young players.
“It was fantastic when Michael won a national award last year and we’re hoping we can replicate that feat in 2015.”
Michael Dyer is head coach of both Claremont AFC 2002 Boys and Duncanrig AFC, volunteering his time most days of the week for one or both of the teams.
He is just the sort of coach that the SFA Grassroots Awards, now in their twelfth year, were designed to celebrate, as they raise awareness of the thousands of people that dedicate their time to help improve the grassroots game across Scotland.
Nominations for the Scottish FA Grassroots Awards are open now. Nominate your local grassroots hero or club by visiting mcdonalds.co.uk/awards.
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