Pumpherston United FC are among the latest youth football clubs to be recognised for their valuable contribution to Scottish grassroots football.
Pumpherston United along with a number of clubs from across the Country, were presented with the Scottish FA Quality Mark Standard Award during an awards presentation at Hibernian FC's Easter Road Stadium on Saturday January 8th 2011. Club Chairman Kevin McGuigan and Head Coach Jimmy Johnston proudly accepted the award on behalf of the club and it's members.
Pumpherston United were formed in 2005 and since their inaugural year they have improved community involvement, facilities, equipment and coaching levels throughout the club year upon year. The latest recognition from the SFA follows an Access Level award presented in 2008 by Livingston East and East Calder Councillor Frank Anderson on behalf of West Lothian Council's Community Sports Club Development Scheme. Pumpherston are already working towards the next level of the Scottish FA Quality Mark programme and hope to continue to go from strength to strength in the future.
The Scottish FA Quality Mark is a youth football initiative which supports grassroots club development. With over 400 Scottish clubs and schools already participating, over 8500 coaches have directly benefited from coach development and first aid training to date. In order to receive the award Clubs have to meet strict criteria in areas such as coach and player development, club management, administration, welfare, and planning. With the support of partners at McDonald's and the Big Lottery Fund, the Scottish FA works with grassroots clubs and schools to broaden and increase youth and community participation as well as enhancing player, coach and volunteer development.