Eyemouth Junior Football Club is officially a quality outfit according to the Scottish Football Association.
The coastal club has been recognised for its valuable contribution to grassroots football, and has become only the second club in Berwickshire to gain the Scottish FA Quality seal of approval.
The Quality Mark Accreditation Scheme, run by the Scottish FA in partnership with McDonald’s and The Big Lottery Fund, recognises proactive clubs and schools working to increase youth and community participation.
There are three Quality Mark categories - Standard, Development and Community.
Now Eyemouth has followed in Greenlaw Football Club’s footsteps by reaching the Standard level in the programme.
Eyemouth Juniors representatives Dougal Windram and David Dunn were presented with the Quality Mark award by Scottish FA director of football development Jim Fleeting and former Hibernian defender Gordon Hunter at a special awards evening at Easter Road Stadium in Edinburgh.
Eyemouth Junior Football Club secretary Karen Patterson said: “We’re really pleased that we’ve got the Quality Mark, which will hopefully encourage more children in the area to take up the sport.”
She added: “We’re hoping that this will help with the progression of Eyemouth Junior Football Club.”
Eyemouth Juniors were one of seven Borders clubs that were presented with the Scottish FA Quality Marks in the recent round of the awards, with Ancrum FC, Gala Fairydean, Kelso FC, Leithen Vale Sports Club, Peebles Football Club and Selkirk FC also all taking their first steps in the programme by reaching Standard level.
Clubs and schools receive the award after meeting standards in areas such as coach and player development, management, admin-istration, welfare and planning.
So far more than 100 clubs and schools around the country have achieved accreditation over the three categories, and more than 4,000 coaches have benefited from coach education and First Aid training.
Fleeting explained: “Grassroots clubs, and the volunteers who make them tick, are the lifeblood of our game, and it’s vitally important that we recognise their efforts.
“The Quality Mark accreditation scheme is helping to improve standards at clubs across the country and I’m very impressed by the number of clubs who have grabbed the opportunity to get involved.”
McDonald’s, Scottish FA’s community partner since 2002, will help to attract 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 the Quality Mark Accreditation Scheme, 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 Scottish Football Association Quality Mark Scheme is supported by The Big Lottery Fund.