Academy coach up for top SFA award

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Hamilton Advertiser - - ALL ABOUT LANARKSHIRE - Leona Greenan

Blan­tyre Soc­cer Academy’s head coach has been short­listed for the 2017 Peo­ple’s Award for his ser­vices to grass­roots foot­ball.

Kevin O’neil scooped the Scot­tish Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion’s vol­un­teer coach of the year for the south west re­gion, lead­ing to him be­ing put for­ward for the na­tional award.

Kevin heads up the Academy, with ap­prox­i­mately 400 reg­is­tered play­ers, over­see­ing all foot­ball mat­ters for the full path­way from 2012’s to am­a­teurs and a Dis­abil­ity Sec­tion.

He has been one of the main driv­ing forces be­hind the Academy’s suc­cess, which has seen them win the Com­mu­nity Club of the Year at last year’s SFA Awards and suc­cess­fully se­cure fund­ing for the Academy to ap­point a part-time ad­min­is­tra­tor and busi­ness de­vel­op­ment man­ager.

Kevin also or­gan­ises the An­nual Rea­monn Gorm­ley Fes­ti­val, which at­tracts more than 4000 play­ers over two week­ends.

Kevin told the Ad­vertiser this week: “I’m de­lighted to have been nom­i­nated for the Peo­ple’s Award to rep­re­sent Blan­tyre Soc­cer Academy coaches, staff and par­ent vol­un­teers who work tire­lessly ev­ery day to make our Academy such a fan­tas­tic place for chil­dren in Blan­tyre to par­tic­i­pate in foot­ball in a fun, safe, de­vel­op­men­tal en­vi­ron­ment.”

Vot­ing for the Peo­ple’s Award opened on Au­gust 27 and will run un­til Septem­ber 17. En­tries can be sub­mit­ted on the Scot­tish FA web­site: http:// grass­roots.scot­tishfa.co.uk/

The win­ner, who re­ceives the high­est num­ber of sup­port­ing votes, will be an­nounced at the 2017 Grass­roots Awards cer­e­mony at Ham­p­den Park on Septem­ber 21.

I’m de­lighted to rep­re­sent the coaches, staff and par­ent vol­un­teers who work tire­lessly to make our academy such a fan­tas­tic place

Ham­p­den roarkevin O’neill with his SFA Gras­roots re­gional award at Ham­p­den Park

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