A Midlothian football coach is to be honoured at the home of Scottish football for his dedication to the sport he loves.
Loanhead Miner’s Youth FC secretary Peter Frame (56), has been coaching local footballers for 41 years. He will receive the SFA Grassroots Volunteer of the Year Award at Hampden Park on Thursday.
He said: “I’m very happy, ecstatic you could say.
“I’ve been to these awards nights before but never won, so I know what to expect, I’m looking forward to it.
“Like everything else there are good times and bad times. But it’s just what I do. I can’t answer why I have done it so long. You just grow into it.
“I started when I was 15. I still enjoy it. I have always been at Loanhead, never anywhere else. I have been asked to go elsewhere but this is my local community. It saves driving into Edinburgh. I just have to walk up the road!”
Peter has passed on his football knowledge to hundreds of children, with one becoming a Scotland international and playing in the English Premier League.
Peter said: “I like to see them hopefully make a career out of it. However you have to be lucky to do that. But the main thing is that they enjoy it.
“Gary Naysmith (formerly of Everton and Hearts) is probably the most successful footballer I have coached. I only had him for a year. I still remember when he played here.
“But I have seen a lot of players go on to play in the lower leagues too.”
Peter now coaches girls’ teams, runs Soccer Tots Football School, organises the local four and five-a-side leagues, runs the Loanhead walking football team and has his own clubrooms in Loanhead.
Peter added: “Football keeps me busy seven days a week. I’m good at organising things. I like to be prepared.
“And I’m always first there. When coaching I’m always set-up before the players arrive.”