GIRVAN Football Club got a kick in the right direction last week when they were accredited under a new Scottish Football Association Scheme.
The club was recognised under the Scottish Football Association’s Quality Mark Award Scheme, which aims to professionalise grassroots football clubs through the adoption of professional governance models, health and safety procedures, and player development opportunities.
The first year the scheme has been open to adult clubs, Girvan FC’s committee has been working towards the Quality Mark since August.
And last week their hard work paid off as Girvan was named one of only four teams in a 60-strong league to have been awarded the accolade.
For Girvan the award had extra significance, the team having begun the season with only four continuing players and an entirely new group of managers.
Club coach coordinator Martin Young said: “We thought the Quality Mark was something that could show we are a professional club, as well as driving up our own standards and making us a desirable team for people to come and watch and players to play for.
“As a club we are really really happy to get recognised, and personally I was delighted.”
Club chairman Tam McCreadie said: “This is the first phase of an ambitious two-year plan to grow the club and improve facilities at Hamilton Park for the benefit of the whole town, and we’re already starting work to make sure we can reach the next level on the Quality Mark Scheme next year.”