Saints win prestigious award

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Banchory St Ternan have been recognised for their valuable contribution to grassroots football.

The Quality Mark Accreditation Scheme, run by the Scottish FA in partnership with McDonald’s and sportscotland, recognises proactive clubs working to increase youth and community participation. There are four Quality Mark categories - Standard, Development, Community and Legacy.

The club were recognised through the scheme after demonstrating outstanding performances in areas such as coach and player development, management, administration, welfare and planning.

Saints boss Sandy Carrol was delighted with the award.

He said: “I think it is a great achievement for all concerned with Banchory St Ternan Football Club.

“Gaining this award - at the first time of asking - highlights the direction this club is going, on and off the park, and will benefit the club for years to come.”

Banchory St Ternan are playing a key role in developing football within the local area.

To achieve the Quality Mark the club had to prove among other things that they had qualified coaches in place. The Saints have two Level 4 coaches - Sandy Carrol and Grant Colligan - and two with the C Licence badges.

The club have invested in coach Grant Colligan to specifically scout for local talent in the Deeside area and he has and will be watching various Banchory Boys Club matches, with the intention of spotting youngsters who will go along to St Ternan training and get involved at an earlier stage

The club have met with Banchory Boys Club and Banchory Amateurs to forge much closer links between all three clubs, and an outline agreement has been put in place. The Milton Park complex with its two pitches has been heavily used by Banchory Boys Club and Deeside Girls for several years.

The Quality Mark Award also required the Saints to have a Football Development Plan, and the essence of this is to promote and foster football in the area and provide a pathway for the local talent, ensuring consistency of coaching.

The plan is to review what needs to be done to achieve the next Quality Mark “Development” level. This will be a project for 2013 with a view to perhaps achieving this in 2014.

Mark Slater, Scottish FA Club development manager said: “We are delighted to have been able to recognise all the fantastic work that the club do for local football.

“Banchory St Ternan FC are only the third Junior club in the North Region to gain the award.

“Well done to them for achieving the high standards required to gain a Quality Mark Award and many thanks to McDonald’s and sportscotland for their continued support of the programme.”