Grassroots hero urges you to nominate a football volunteer for award

A Newbattle football coach is calling on people to vote for the next winner of the award he won last year.

Scottish FA Grassroots Awards winner and football volunteer, John Frame (55), is calling for locals to nominate their grassroots heroes for the 2013 Scottish FA Grassroots Awards.

The awards, now in its 10th year, celebrate and raise awareness of the thousands of people that dedicate their time to helping improve the grassroots game and providing opportunities for children to play football regularly in communities across Scotland. John won the 2012 Scottish FA South East Regional Volunteer in Schools Football Award, for his commitment to the game.

John has been the real driving force behind school football for children between 12 and 16 years of age within the East and Midlothian area.

He currently runs five teams at the Newbattle Community High School, where he is a full time member of the History department, as well as looking after the Lothian Schools FA under 16s and senior teams. His commitment to providing football to Newbattle and the region is unrivalled.

John said: “To receive this award last year was extremely humbling, it’s always nice to be recognised for the time that you contribute to football, however, there are plenty more people out there who dedicate their time to both school and club football.

“It is so important that we recognise those that provide grassroots football to the local communities. The Scottish FA Grassroots Awards allow you to give that recognition and I would encourage anyone who knows a grassroots volunteer to put their name forward.”

Nominations for the Scottish FA Grassroots Awards close on May 27 and you can nominate your grassroots heroes at www.mcdonalds.co.uk/awards or www.scottishfa.co.uk