Dum­bar­ton United scoop top award

Lennox Herald - - SPORT -

Dum­bar­ton United joined fel­low youth clubs at the an­nual Scot­tish FA Qual­ity Mark awards at the week­end where they were com­mended for their work within the com­mu­nity.

For­mer Scot­land man­ager Craig Brown and Jim Fleet­ing, di­rec­tor of Foot­ball De­vel­op­ment at the Scot­tish FA, were there to hand the Com­mu­nity Level ac­co­lade to the club.

In or­der to be awarded the ti­tle, clubs must pro­vide a path­way for both boys and girls from child­hood to young adult­hood.The club must also show they have an im­pact within their com­mu­nity.

United over the re­cent years have been in­volved with an an­nual food­bank drive for St Au­gus­tine’s Food forThought, while pulling to­gether a com­mu­nity fes­ti­val span­ning four days ev­ery sum­mer.

Not only this, but the club of­fers free coach­ing to a num­ber of lo­cal pri­mary schools within the area, en­cour­ag­ing a boot-re­cy­cling pro­gramme for play­ers not for­tu­nate enough to be able to buy new foot­ball boots on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

Gerry Docherty, club chair­man, said: “This award shows the mea­sure and im­pact that we have within the town and the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“As the only club to have this merit within the area, we take our role very se­ri­ously in that we are not only a provider of foot­ball but a pil­lar of the com­mu­nity and have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to de­velop our vol­un­teers, coaches, play­ers, par­ents and wider mem­bers in other ways.”

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