EKYM have been recognised for their contribution to grassroots football after picking up the Scottish Football Association’s Quality Mark Award at Hampden Park last month.
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.
Clubs are recognised after demonstrating outstanding performances in areas such as coach and player development, management, administration, welfare and planning.
Ex Hearts, Rangers and Scotland player Allan Johnston presented YM’s Football Development Officer, Martin Ross and veteran committee member Les Goodfellow with the Quality Standard Award and the Disability Award. And YM’s secretary, Graeme Robertson, was thrilled to see the club receive recognition for their efforts.
He told the News: “Martin Ross has been the catalyst who has driven on the club in terms of achieving the Quality Awards and to also be presented with the Disability Award is fantastic for the Club as we want to get everyone in the community involved.
“These are exciting times for the club and we are working away in the background to increase the opportunities for community participation and hope to have some more exciting news in the near future on that front.
“There is no doubt that the injection of a new chairman in Allan Cunningham – who is dynamic, forward thinking and keen to make things happen – allied with Martin Ross’ appointment has ensured EKYM are going in the right direction.”
Martin Ross added: “It is a fantastic achievement for the club and recognises the ethos at the YM where it’s all about getting everyone involved and coaching football through having fun.”
Meanwhile, the club’s new academy is going from strength to strength and if anyone is interested in coming along every Sunday to Duncanrig Sports Centre between 10am and 11am they should contact Martin on 079765500392.