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Scottish grassroots heroes honoured again

Published: Wednesday 23 March 2011, 14.42CET
Speaking at the Scottish Football Association grassroots awards, Liverpool FC boss Kenny Dalglish said such events "make you appreciate how much people do for this great game".
by Clare Bodel
Scottish grassroots heroes honoured again
Kenny Dalglish (left) and Craig Levein flank some of the award winners ©SFA
Published: Wednesday 23 March 2011, 14.42CET

Scottish grassroots heroes honoured again

Speaking at the Scottish Football Association grassroots awards, Liverpool FC boss Kenny Dalglish said such events "make you appreciate how much people do for this great game".

Luminaries such as Scotland manager Craig Levein and Liverpool FC boss Kenny Dalglish were present as some of football's unsung heroes were honoured at the eighth Scottish Football Association (SFA) grassroots awards, presented by McDonald's and the Sunday Mail.

The annual ceremony took place at Scotland's national stadium, Hampden Park, and celebrated the efforts of the tireless volunteers who give their time and effort to provide football opportunities in communities across the country.

"I spoke to Scotland captain Darren Fletcher as part of our review of the game and asked him who his biggest influence was," said Levein. "He told me all about a teacher who inspired him. So, please, never forget or underestimate how much of a difference you can make in the life of every kid you give a chance to. The potential is there in all of them."

A wide range of awards were handed out, with Robert Bartlett of Cuminestown Youth Active Football Club named the best coach in youth football. Raymond Kelly, Scottish Youth Football Association president and Aberdeen Juvenile FA secretary, meanwhile, scooped the best volunteer in schools football prize. There were nine honours in all.

"I love this night, it always makes you appreciate just how much people do for this great game of ours," said Dalglish. "People like Craig and myself wouldn't be here if it wasn't for volunteers like John Beaton [merit award winner] giving up hours of his time, every day of his life. Yet they never take credit for it."

Last updated: 23/03/11 18.04CET

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