Top award for girls’ coach

28/09/12 - 12092706 - SCOTTISH FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION'HAMPDEN - GLASGOW'McDonald's Grassroots awards. Doug Johnston
28/09/12 - 12092706 - SCOTTISH FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION'HAMPDEN - GLASGOW'McDonald's Grassroots awards. Doug Johnston

LINLITHGOW coach Doug Johnston has added to his trophy cabinet with another SFA win at Hampden.

Doug (46) featured in the Journal and Gazette last month after he won the SFA South East Region’s Volunteer award for Girls/Womens Football, for his sterling work in Linlithgow Rose CFC’s girls’ section.

Last week he was competing in Hampden for the national title, and he came home with the title of ‘Best Volunteer in Girls and Women’s Football’ at the ninth SFA Grassroots Awards, presented by McDonald’s and the Sunday Mail, for his tireless efforts at Linlithgow Rose CFC.

He said: “I’m absolutely speechless after receiving this award and it should be dedicated to all those at Linlithgow Rose CFC. The club has a fantastic ethos and a lively atmosphere, it has been a pleasure to help the players and club develop. The award ceremony was a lot of fun and the evening was capped off by meeting Kenny Dalglish and Craig Levein.”

After 15 years coaching the 1992 age group, Doug, of The Maltings, started the girls’ section of the club in February 2010 with only three girls, growing it to the current 65 players. He spends much of his time visiting local schools to run taster sessions, encouraging girls to take up football and try something new.

Scottish legend Kenny Dalglish praised Doug for his commitment to grassroots football saying: “Football in communities is built on the dedication of people like Doug. What he has accomplished over the past year to help develop community football at his club is truly worthy of the recognition he has received.”

Linlithgow Rose CFC recruits through local schools between the ages of P6 and S1 pupils.