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SFA name Blantyre Soccer Academy the nation’s Community Club of the Year

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Blantyre Soccer Academy's Joe McGuire, Jimmy Whelan and Kevin O'Neill with members of the SFA and their Quality Mark Award.

Blantyre Soccer Academy’s Joe McGuire, Jimmy Whelan and Kevin O’Neill with members of the SFA and their Quality Mark Award.

Blantyre Soccer Academy have been named as the Scottish Football Assocation’s (SFA) Community Club of the Year 2015/16.

The coveted award will be presented to them on September 22, 2016, at a special ceremony at Hampden Park.

This is the third award for the Academy from the SFA with Chairman Jimmy Whelan picking up the SFA Community Champion Award in 2012/13 and Dougie Borland receiving the SFA Disability Coach of the Year award in 2013/14.

The Academy was also accredited with the highest award the SFA can bestow on a club by becoming a LEGACY Quality Mark Club in 2014.

Academy chairman Jimmy Whelan was delighted with the news this week. He said: “For us, receiving this award gives recognition of all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes at the Academy by our dedicated group of volunteer coaches and staff.

“It shows the parameters we work within to ensure very high standards are set for every aspect of what we do, such as coaching quality, community engagement, facilities, getting the balance between fun, learning and winning, child protection, personal development and social cohesion.

“We are much more than a soccer academy, we are an institution within the community.”

The Community Club of the Year recognition is also a massive boost to the academy’s wider partners including club sponsors and supporters.

Jimmy added: “The award gives so much confidence within us as it shows how much dedication and determination there is within the academy to succeed in everything we do.

“This is such a fantastic achievement in such a short time and just another significant step forward in fulfilling our ambitions for the future as we continue in our full player pathway programme.”

For more information on the academy please visit their Facebook page.

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