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Albion achieve quality mark award

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Albion Boys Club (pictured right, after securing the 2011/12 U16 SYFA Challenge Cup) has been recognised for their valuable contribution to grassroots football by achieving the Scottish FA's Quality Mark Development Award.

The Award, part of the Quality Mark Accreditation Scheme run by the Scottish FA in partnership with McDonald's and SportScotland, recognises pro-active clubs working to increase youth and community participation.

Clubs and schools receive the award after meeting standards in areas such as coach and player development, management, administration, welfare and planning.

Scottish FA Club Development Manager Mark Slater added "I am delighted to see that Albion Boys Club have been successful in attaining the SFA Quality Mark Development Award. It recognizes the hard work that goes on behind the scenes by the coaches and club officials. This will further enhance the quality of football development in the Aberdeen area. The club have worked very hard to reach this level and look forward to working with them in the future to gain the next level of the award."

Albion Boys Club chairman Brian Winton was delighted that they got this prestigious award saying "The club has achieved a lot on and off the pitch and this award shows that, we're one of the top sides in the North Region and we have showed that with the Under 16s winning the Scottish Cup last season, we have also got a good Under 13s and we hopefully can give them some success as well".

There are three Quality Mark categories - Standard, Development, and Community. So far more than 100 clubs and schools have achieved accreditation over the three categories, and over 4,000 coaches have benefited from coach education and first aid training.

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 Quality Mark, 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 Quality Mark Accreditation Scheme is supported by sportscotland, the national agency for sport. sportscotland has one clear focus – to develop a world class sporting system for Scotland – and works with partners to build success for Scottish sport.

Sportscotland is a key partner in the delivery of youth football programmes, investing over £1m per year in activities including employment of club development staff, discounted coach education and training for volunteers.

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