Dumbarton United scoop top award
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.”