The Motherwell Football Club Community Trust has become one of the first professional clubs in the country to be awarded the SFA Quality Mark.
This award is in recognition of the valuable contribution to grassroots football, that Community Trust make on a daily basis, offering the local community the chance to get involved with the club.
The Community Club Award, part of the Quality Mark Accreditation Scheme run by the Scottish FA in partnership with McDonald’s and sportscotland, recognises pro-active clubs and schools working to increase youth and community participation.
Clubs and schools receive the award after meeting standards in areas such as coach and player development, management, administration, welfare and planning.
There are four Quality Mark categories – Standard, Development, Community and Legacy. So far more than 400 clubs and schools have achieved accreditation over the categories, and over 5,000 coaches have benefited from coach education and first aid training.
McDonald’s, Scottish FA’s community partner since 2002, are committed to helping young footballers shine by attracting 13,000 new volunteers and 10,000 new coaches by 2014, as well as supporting 600 clubs and 52,000 players through new and existing football networks.
Through Quality Mark, McDonald’s and the Scottish FA aim to provide support to grassroots clubs and schools across Scotland as they strive to broaden youth and community participation and to enhance player, coach and volunteer development.
The Quality Mark Accreditation Scheme is supported by sportscotland, the national agency for sport. sportscotland has one clear focus – to develop a world class sporting system for Scotland – and works with partners to build success for Scottish sport.
sportscotland is a key partner in the delivery of youth football programmes, investing over £1m per year in activities including employment of club development staff, discounted coach education and training for volunteers.
Graeme McArthur, Programme Development Manager for Motherwell Football Club Community Trust explains “We are delighted to have received this award in recognition of the hard work that everybody within the Trust has put in since its inception.
“To be recognised at a national level and to be one of only a few professional clubs to have received this award is a great honour for us and one which we are very proud of. Through the Quality Mark award we now have a variety of teams from children through to adults offering the opportunity to get involved in football and represent Motherwell Football Club Community Trust.”
Alan Taylor, Regional Development Manager for the SFA continued “The Scottish FA are delighted to recognise Motherwell FC Community Trust as a Community level Quality Mark club, the award is in recognition of the quality provision that the club offer to players within the non professional game.
“The club have a wide range of playing opportunities for all members of the Motherwell community and we look forward to working with the club to continue to increase the number of players, coaches and volunteers involved in the clubs community programmes”