King Kenny says Linlithgow Rose community club sums up ‘spirit of grassroots football’

Kenny Dalglish (centre) with representatives from Linlithgow Rose CFC at the awards ceremony.
Kenny Dalglish (centre) with representatives from Linlithgow Rose CFC at the awards ceremony.

Linlithgow Rose Community FC has been named Best Community Football Club at a national ceremony held at Hampden Park.

The club was presented with the award, its third in three years, by McDonald’s Head of Scottish Football, Kenny Dalglish.

Now in their 11th year, the awards celebrate volunteers and clubs in the six Scottish FA Regions who dedicate their time to grassroots football in their community.

The coaches and volunteers at Linlithgow Rose Community FC dedicate countless hours to ensure over 500 young players can enjoy playing the game week in, week out.

The club provides opportunities for all abilities encouraging positive coaching, fair play and equal playing time to help progress players and develop their love of the game.

Its success is a credit to all the volunteers that give their time to promote the game of football in the local community.

With over 10 per cent of the town’s population actively involved in the club, it is going from strength to strength. Over 35 teams play on a weekly basis including a girls’ section that, after only four years, has over 80 members.

This year, hundreds of nominations were received from across the country, with nominees first recognised at a regional level before going on to be shortlisted for the national awards.

McDonald’s Head of Scottish Football, former Scotland, Liverpool and Celtic striker, Kenny Dalglish, said: “The work of the volunteers and coaches at Linlithgow Rose Community FC sums up the spirit of grassroots football.

‘‘The club is a fantastic example of how engaging with the local community benefits everyone – both on and off the pitch.

‘‘Grassroots football is vital to the game and without all the hard work of the volunteers and coaches up and down the country, we simply wouldn’t have football as we know it. It is fitting that Linlithgow Rose Community FC’s dedication and achievements have been honoured and it was a pleasure to present them with their award.”

McDonald’s has been community partner with The Scottish Football Association for the past 12 years.

The programme, which includes the annual Grassroots Awards, focuses on raising the standards at grassroots clubs from better safety and better advice to better kit and better recognition for volunteers.

To find out more about McDonald’s renewed partnership with The Scottish FA and the 2014 Grassroots Award winners visit www.mcdonalds.co.uk/betterplay