MONTROSE CFC SECURE SCOTTISH FA ‘LEGACY’ STATUS!
Montrose Community Trust (MCT), formerly known as Links Park Community Trust, uses the power and widespread appeal of football to inspire change.
Through a range of innovative and award-winning programmes, MCT supports over 1000 people in our community, each and every week, addressing health and social inequalities such as social isolation, drug misuse, unemployment, inactivity and poor mental health, to name just a few.
In addition, the charity, who were recognised as the Best Professional Club in the Community by the Scottish FA last year, provides recreational, developmental and competitive football opportunities for all, regardless of age, ability and/or aspirations.
For those in our community who possess aspirations to play for a team, such opportunities are provided by Montrose Youth Football Club, Drain Doctor Division 1 Champions Montrose Amateur Football Club, SWF Division 2 Champions Montrose Ladies Football Club and former Scottish Walking Football Champions Montrose Walking Football Club, all of whom are collectively known as Montrose Community Football Club (MCFC), and who are all members of Montrose Community Trust, the charitable arm of SPFL League 2 Champions Montrose Football Club.
The Scottish FA have recognised the above collaboration and its contribution to society by awarding Montrose Community Football Club with their coveted LEGACY QUALITY MARK STATUS, the highest possible ‘grading’ of grassroots clubs.
East Region Manager, Kevin Lee said: “Our aim within the Scottish FA is to support clubs so they can offer football for all and for life. This collaborative approach is a flagship club model which will help deliver this vision.
“This partnership between a professional club, a club trust and a grassroots club with youth and adult provision is a shining example of football coming together to benefit their community and the sport.”
MCT Trustee and MCFC Chairman Bob McCombie said: ‘’We are delighted that the combined efforts of all partners have been recognised and rewarded with Legacy Quality Mark status.
‘’Montrose Youth FC, under the stewardship of their Chairman Dave Grant, his Committee, and their extensive network of volunteers, successfully operate 18 (boys and girls) teams, catering for nearly 300 players. The size and strength of the club is testament to the work of the existing but also all previous committees and volunteers that have supported the development of MYFC since 1993.
‘’Montrose Amateur FC, whose Chairman is Nomie Braes, and Manager Logan Cruickshank, and Montrose Ladies FC, whose Chairman is Michael Smith, and Manager Eilidh Reid, provide a pathway into adult football from both the male and female section of Montrose Youth FC. Both clubs are only in their second year of existence, but are both proud holders of their respective championship league trophies.
‘’Montrose Walking FC, whose Chairman is Graham Robb, and Manager Scott Brown, continue to grow the ‘slowed down version’ of the beautiful game, and they themselves have picked up numerous pieces of silverware in recent years, including the Scottish Championship Winners and British Runners Up trophies respectively.
‘’In addition, the umbrella charity of these clubs, Montrose Community Trust, under the direction of Chairman Derek Sim and the Board of Trustees, Chief Exec Peter Davidson, staff and volunteers, continues to develop and deliver an extensive range of programmes that use football as the context for addressing local inequalities.’’
Montrose Community FC Chair Bob McCombie and Montrose Youth FC Chair Dave Grant will collect the LEGACY STATUS AWARD, on behalf of all club officials, volunteers and members at a Scottish FA East Region Quality Mark event at McDiarmid Park, Perth, in January.
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