"Approach the game with no preset agendas and you'll probably come away surprised at your overall efforts."
Winners of the Service to Sport Award from 1st November 2011 to 31st October 2012.
Scotland's oustanding volunteers, recognised by Local Sports Councils through the presentation of a Service to Sport Award in 2011-12 are (starting with the most recent):
Berwickshire Sports Council (Presented on 26th October 2012)
"Alan Foster was 14 years old when he first played for Greenlaw Senior Team in the Border Amateur League. At 15 Alan played in the victorious Greenlaw Team winning the Border Amateur League. All the team dedicated the Championship Title to the late Jonny Waddell who had been the team’s manager for part of the season but was tragically killed. Alan continued to play when James McLean then took over and the Greenlaw Team then went on to win the first three Waddell Cup Competitions set up in memory of their former manager.
Alan then started to play for Lauder under 18’s and in his first game came on as sub in the second half and scored seven goals. He also had a spell with Lauder under 19’s under famous football manager Jim Jeffries before having a brief spell with Lauder Amateurs in the Second Division of Border Amateurs.
Alan went back to Greenlaw and ironically his first game was against his former team mates from Lauder but that didn’t stop Alan scoring five goals. He then had a brief spell at Duns for six months before going into management at Gordon with Hugh Todd for two years.
In 1990 returned to Greenlaw and has been on the committee ever since filling various roles including Secretary, Match Secretary and Greenlaw Manager (with Billy Smillie).
Alan’s dedication to duty at Greenlaw is amazing. Every Saturday if there is a home game he gets up for work at 6am and goes to mark the pitch and up the nets, a job he’s done for years. If he cannot make it on a Saturday morning he goes along on a Friday evening and does it early."
South Ayrshire Sports Council (Presented on 10th October 2012)
"Dennis McLellan was involved in youth club football through Ayr Boswell Football Club for around 18 years until 2006 when Dennis became Registration Secretary for Ayr United Football Academy. This job involved him administering the details of over 100 young players and registering them with the SFA. However, his role does not end there as he willingly takes responsibility for organising important matches. This includes arranging ball boys, stewards, money collection and a hundred other things that go to making the match special.
Dennis is also the first person that the Football Academy turns to help organise any other events as we know that he is dependable and has a wealth of experience. He has for many years been a very important member of the “backroom staff” for the club and others.
The role carried out by Dennis is often overlooked but without him the club would not be able to function properly and it is only right that Dennis is recognised for his efforts and contribution."
Roxburgh Sports Council (Presented on 21st September 2012)
"John Steede started out in sport as an 8 year old runner. His first competition was as a competitor at the Jedburgh Games in 1951 from which he went on to cover distances ranging from 90metres to 800metres, competing in both north and south of the Border winning no less than 6 British Professional titles.
John has competed at Scottish, British, European and World level on tracks indoor and out. He won the World veteran championships for over 55 years in the 400 metres in South Africa in 1997 and is currently ranked number 1 over 60 metres in the UK for over 70’s age group.
Additional titles lifted by John over his sporting career are Scottish Games Association’s athlete of the year and veteran athlete of the year on 2 occasions, Southern Reporter Sportsman of the year and the Jed Callant’s Sportsman of the Year. He was also awarded the James Mclean Service to Sport award.
Competing isn’t the only string to John’s bow, he has coached athletes for over 30 years assisting them to success at Scottish and British level. He has also served as a sports administrator acting for 6 years as Treasurer to the Scottish Games Association and 20 years as Treasurer for the Jedburgh Games. He is still serving as Honorary President at Tweed, Leader, Jed Track Club."
Perth & Kinross Sports Council (Presented on 7th June 2012)
"Denise Jackson can be described as one of the most dedicated and motivational coaches in Scotland. Her passion and enthusiam for the sport of gymnastics has not slowed down since founding Auchterarder Gymnastics Club in 1987. Denise has been the driving force of the club, which has seen it develop from training once a week in a school gym hall with basic equipment and 25 children to being one of the most elite gymnastics clubs in Scotland, training out of a state of the art gymnastics facility 7 days a week, with over 300 members. Denise was head coach of the club for 20 years handing over the position in 2008, however she is still actively involved in the club. The knowledge, enthusiasm and support Denise gives to everyone involved at the club from the new pre-school participants, to parent helpers right up to international gymnasts is outstanding.
Although no longer a coach Denise gives her time to help with the Perth & Kinross Gannochy Trust Gymnastics Performance Squad mapping out the training schedule and bringing in coaches to work with the squad and passing on new ideas. Denise helps with the organisation of coach education workshops, benefiting gymnasts and coaches alike by inviting top international coaches come to the gym encouraging coaches always to keep learning.
It was announced on 31 December 2011 that Denise was given an OBE for services to Scottish Gymnastics in the Queens New Year's Honours list. Her service to local sport should be commended and her continued enthusiasm and encouragement to all will help to continue the legacy of gymnastics in Perth & Kinross."
Aberdeen Sports Council (Presented on 1st June 2012)
"Neil started running football teams for King Street Club in 1971 when he was still playing for the club in the Granite City League. For ten years he ran the club’s team in the Hazlewood League on the Saturday morning as well as running their under 14 team in the Youth Service League on a Saturday afternoon. During this period he also served as the organising secretary of the Grampian Union of Boys Clubs as well as being President of the Aberdeen Youth Service League.
With growing family commitments Neil decided to concentrate his efforts on his Saturday afternoon team. In 1985 he managed the King Street Belmont team that won the Scottish Juvenile Cup at Under 16 level – the first club from Aberdeen to do so. Andy Smith who scored the winning goal in that final went on to score a goal for Airdrie in the Scottish Cup Final against Rangers. Russell Anderson is another former player of Neil’s.
Neil served as club secretary and president of the King Street Sports Club for more than thirty years. He was awarded a Life Membership of the Aberdeen and District Juvenile FA in 1991 and has served on its executive committee for the last fifteen years. With the formation of the Scottish Youth FA Neil undertook the voluntary role of North Regional Secretary with responsibilities of organising the local rounds of the Scottish Cup and arranging the selection process for the various age group Regional Development Squads. Neil is extremely proud of the fact that since the inception of the SYFA North teams have won no fewer than 13 Scottish Cups at various age groups.
In 2004 Neil was awarded the Scottish Youth FA Presidential award for his services to youth football and in particular his work in developing a Club Resources Pack for new clubs and his work on producing match programmes for Scottish Cup semi finals and finals. He was further honoured by the SYFA with the award of a Life Membership in 2009.
Currently Neil is in his fourth year as President of the Aberdeen and District Juvenile FA. Earlier this year Neil had to undertake the additional duties of Association Secretary following the sad death of Raymond Kelly. Neil had previously stepped in for Raymond for 18 months thirteen years ago when Raymond was on business in America.
With four daughters Neil’s chances of coaching his offspring looked to be slim. But youngest daughter Gillian provided the opportunity and Neil helped coach her at Loirston School and Cove girls. Gillian managed to do something her dad had never done as a player, win a medal for playing football."
West Lothian Sports Council (Presented on 31st May 2012)
"Since 1995 Anne Gurney has been actively involved with the No Limits Sports Club based in West Lothian for children and young adults with a disability. She is a founder member of the group and has been a major influence in establishing it as one of the most successful clubs of it’s type in the United Kingdom. Between 1995 and 2007 she was the club's Treasurer and since 1995 has had the responsibility for sports co-ordination.
Anne was a parent representative speaking on behalf of all the youngsters with disabilities in West Lothian Council, working groups planning provision of educational needs from 1996 to 2009. She also set up the Boccia Squad in Bathgate, organising the club’s competition entries and refereeing Boccia matches at local and national competitions as well as being a timer keeper at swimming galas.
She has been involved in the organisation of over 25 weekend adventure sports holidays in Aviemore and 3 week-long excursions to the Calvert Trust Centres in Kielder for young people and their families.
Anne was instrumental in helping the club achieve Level 3 Accreditation with West Lothian Council, only the second sports club in West Lothian to achieve this.
As a qualified archery leader she assists with the 6 indoor and 4 outdoor archery sessions each year at Linlithgow Leisure Centre and Beecraigs."
Badenoch & Strathspey Sports Council (Presented on 15th May 2012)
"Over many years Sam has organised & supported cycle events in the Badenoch and Strathespey area as well as supporting Cairngorm Cycle Club through holding a range of committee positions.
His knowledge and enthusiasm for cycling has helped cycling in Badenoch and Strathspey and across the whole of the North of Scotland, helping other clubs with their events and supporting young riders with loans or gifts of equipment.
Sam hopes to extend the range of his support for cycling by becoming involved in support for cycling at Glasgow's 2014 Commonwealth Games. His support for new or younger cyclists has helped a number of young members of Cairngorm Cycling Club take the step into competitive cycling."
East Fife Sports Council (Presented on 9th May 2012)
"East Fife Sports Council have taken the unusual step of presenting the award to two coaches as both have given almost identical, unstinting service to Step Rock over not just the last year, but the last quarter of a century. Caroline has been teaching swimming with us for 27 years, Lorna for a mere 25. In both cases, their early association was family related; they started to teach poolside when their children were receiving swimming lessons at an early age. However, again as a pair, their association with the Club has continued decades beyond their own families’ involvement.
Some coaches take their charges to the highest level of the sport but Caroline and Lorna have spent their teaching time dedicated to the Learn-to-Swim section; this is where children are taught the basics of swimming and are imbued with the techniques that they will carry always. As a result, a significant proportion of children in North-East Fife have been taught to swim by these two ladies. Although this may bring less glory than coaching at a more advanced level, it is this grassroots involvement that has helped so many to participate in swimming for exercise, for fun or to compete. East Fife Sports Council feel it is appropriate that the extremely long and dedicated service of both these ladies to Step Rock in particular, and to the cause of swimming in East Fife in general, is recognized by the Service to Sport award."
East Kilbride Sports Council (Presented on 27th April 2012)
"A farmer who only took up bowls when forced into retirement, Andy joined Strathaven BC in 1991 and prove to be quite a successful player, winning the Gala Paris twice in succession in 2000 and 2001. He has also won the Senior Pairs and been a member of the teams that have won the County Cup.
In the late 90's he became greens convenor and then was asked to be green keeper, a position he has now held for over a decade. He also organises the East Kilbride Civics Seniors' Torunament each year and has also won the Civics singles as well as being a rinks runner up.
Andy still organises a very well run league and tournament using his great experience."
Tweeddale Sports Council (Presented on 20th April 2012)
"Heather has for more than 30 years been West Linton Tennis Club's junior coach, organiser and convenor.
In addition to these duties Heather has served long spells as Borders Junior Convenor and Junior Tournament Organiser as well as carrying out other services in the sport including her role as coach at the National Tennis Centre at Craiglockhart, Edinburgh.
Heather was recognised for her coaching when she was honoured as Tweeddale's Coach of the Year in 2000 and is still going strong, showing no signs of slowing down coaching at West Linton and the neighbouring Broughton Tennis Club on a regular basis."
Wigtownshire Sports Council (Presented on 20th April 2012) (Picture provided by Peter Foster, Galloway Gazette)
"Bill McFadyen has won many medals and awards over the years for power lifting, travelling all over the world. In 2011 Bill won Silver at the World Bench Press Championships in Denmark in May and the World Record of 150kg bench press in the 83kg bodyweight class. In November he was off again, this time to Luxembourg where he won the Gold Medal in his class.
This would be an impressive achievement for any sportsman, what makes it all the more exceptional is that Bill is 77 years old. Three years ago he returned after serious injury to compete at the Scottish Powerlifting Championships in November, where he qualified to compete in the British Powerlifting Championships at Colchester, where he won Gold.
Bill has also found fame on the big screen, as star of "Ma Bar", which won the short film category at the Scottish Baftas in 2008, and was also shown at the Sundance Festival in 2009. Directed by Adrian McDowall and Finlay Pretsell, the film was one of three produced to recognise the opening of Dumfries and Galloway Council's new leisure centre - DGOne.
Bill trains at the Ryan Centre in Stranraer and is always on hand to help and encourage others, giving freely of his time and knowledge. Bill's personal drive and commitment are an inspiration to all who meet him."
Uist & Barra Sports Council (Presented on 7th April 2012)
"Anne was presented with the award in recognition for her services to Dancing in Barra and the Uists. She was the first recognised teacher of Highland Dancing in Barra over 40 years ago and is still involved to this day.
Anne introduced Highland Dancing to the local Feis and was also instrumental in setting up the Barra Dancing Association. Her grandaughter has started her own Dance School which now has nearly 100 members and covers Barra and all the Uists. Over the years Anne has devoted her time on a voluntary basis to the development of Dancing and Barra can now boast three qualified teachers. Without Anne's influence and hard work none of this would have been possible.
Dancers across Barra and Uist now have regular tuition and opportunities for working towards their teaching exam and also showcasing their skills on the mainland and recently at a Festival in Paris. There is no doubt that Anne has contributed a huge amount of time and effort into introducing and developing dance in the Islands."
Falkirk Sports Council (Presented on 29th March 2012) (Picture provided by Borg-Grech Photography)
"Tommy has been Vice Chairman of Falkirk Sports Council for 10 years, representing Scotland at Short Track Speed Skating.
Tommy is also a lifelong official in Short Track Speed Skating as well as an Official and Timekeeper for Cycling."
Hamilton Sports Council (Presented on 26th March 2012)
"Fiona Norris is an internationalist competitive golfer with a handicap of 0.7. In 2010 she was crowned county champion, recapturing the title she had won ten years previously.
Her impressive international credits include being Junior Ryder Cup Manager twice, Assistant Manager for the Curtis Cup twice and is currently in her second year as non-playing manager of the Scottish team for the Home Internationals. Locally, Fiona was, until very recently, on the Lanarkshire Ladies County Golf Association Committee.
If golf wasnt enough for Fiona, she is now involved in rugby, volunteering as a parent coach for her son’s rugby team."
Kirkcaldy & Central Fife Sports Council (Presented on 22nd March 2012) (Picture provided by the Fife Free Press)
"John is being presented with this award in recognition of his service over 30 years to the Fife Olympiad (previously the Glenrothes Twin Town Olympiad). This triennial event is held on a rotational basis in one of these towns. In 1984 and 2003 it was held in Glenrothes when 1500 young athletes from all over Europe competed on both occasions. John has been actively involved in the last 11 events. John joined the organisation in 1982 and has since then become a key member of the group that organises young sportsmen and women from Fife to compete in a variety of sports against other young people aged between 13 and 17 from 6 towns across Europe.
The Olympiad is a major logistics exercise that includes transport, facilities, kit, food and when it is held in Glenrothes the task of accommodating the participants, officials and guests. The host country also provides cultural activities and entertainment. The Olympiad started the Glenrothes Half Marathon over 25 years ago with John and the group leading its progression into the Glenrothes Road Running Festival as it is now. Over this time John has been involved in this event taking on a number of different roles but always exceeding expectations and giving his all."
Sport Clydesdale (Presented on 2nd March 2012)
"Brian Ross, from the Lanark and District Pony Club, was nominated for this award in recognition of being the Club's instructor for over 25 years.
As a result of Brian's efforts Lanark is now known as being one of the leading competitive Pony Games Clubs throughout the UK thanks in no small part to Brian's efforts over the years and continued dedication and love of the sport."
Dunfermline & West Fife Sports Council (Presented on 29th February 2012)
"A long term member of Carnegie Swimming Club, Ralph is a well respected and high level Official Electronics Operator for East of Scotland swimming events.
Ralph has devoted much of his life to swimming and has been an ardent supporter of Scottish Swimming for over 18 years. Starting as a timekeeper, Ralph quickly progressed through the ranks working as a recorder, starter, refereee and now electronics operator.
In addition to this, Ralph is also an Open Water and FINA Referee and has been honored through selection to represent Great Britain at the Open Water Events being held at the 2012 London Olmpic Games."
Clackmannanshire Sports Council (Presented on 23rd February 2012)
"Mary has contributed over 30 years of service to swimming in Clackmannanshire. She is a highly respected member of the swimming team and is a great asset to the club.
Any swimmers that have been lucky enough to work with Mary have always greatly improved their swimming skills.
Mary is a committed, reliable and hard working coach who has a fantastic way of motivating and inspiring children and other coaches in the sport and as such is greatly deserving of the Service to Sport Award."
Glasgow (Presented on 23rd February 2012)
"Willie started playing Basketball in 1967. In 1976 he became the first professional Scottish Basketball player when he moved to London to play with Crystal Palace. A highlight of his career was representing Great Britain at the 1972 and 1976 Olympic Games.
As well as playing at the highest level Willie has committed over 30 years to the development of basketball across the city. He has been a leading figure in the development of the Glasgow City Basketball Club and has also played a significant role in founding and developing the charity organisation 'Shoot for Success', which prides itself on providing 'sustainable Basketball Programmes for Young People in the East of the city."
Inverness Area Sports Council (Presented on 2nd December 2011)
"Dot has been a stalwart for Inverness Area Sports Council for a number of years. She represented her swimming club on the Committee for a good few years but it is her voluntary role supporting IASC which should be recognised.
For several years she has been responsible for organising our involvement in the SALSC events programme by assisting our member clubs: organise their local play offs; organise clothing for the winning teams to represent us at the national finals; arrange financial support through out treasurer for the teams; attending local events to represent IASC; and she did all this quietly in the background without fuss or glory.
She has always been very keen to support the sports council although not keen to take up an office bearer's position. Another example of this is the amount of work she has done supporting Janet Home with the annual awards. Dot has spent many hours each year gathering in trophies from past winners, arranging flowers and speaker gifts as well as helping set up on the night.
IASC cannot praise her enough for her selfless support over many many years and with her resignation this year due to an imminent house move, she is a big loss to our organisation. The Service to Sport Award is a fitting testament to her dedication, time and lasting impact."
SportMoray (Presented on 29th November 2011)
"Ray started teaching at Buckie High School in February 1986, giving a tremendous 25 years of service to the school and local community to date. He began extra-curricular cross-country and athletics at the school in the late 1980’s and continues, single-handedly, to this day.
Over the 20+ years of volunteer coaching Ray has trained a multitude of young athletes at Buckie High enabling them to develop in their sport and to represent the school and beyond.
Over the years Ray has seen club members peak and trough – regardless he has continued to coach and support his athletes on a weekly basis and in all weathers. Ray’s commitment, enthusiasm and impact on young people’s lives speaks for itself. Its a great pleasure to work with Ray and would recommend him without reservation for his years of relentless service and dedication to young people and sport."
Stewartry Sports Council (Presented on 18th November 2011)
"Colin has been a Threave Rovers committee member since 1978. He became Chairman 18 years ago and has been instrumental in the redevelopment and expansion of Meadow Park, culminating in the erection of floodlights in 1999, expansion of the dressing rooms, installation of turnstiles and the introduction of tiered seating in the stand. Colin has never shirked responsibility in this role, performing such varied tasks as sweeping dressing rooms to representing the club at the SFA. He is also presently President of the South of Scotland League and represents that League as a board member with the Scottish Football Association. In the past 3 years he has travelled extensively across Europe representing the Scottish Football Association as a team delegate, and is highly respected within the corridors of Hampden. In this role he never forgets his roots and always promotes the interests of the Stewartry district and the South of Scotland clubs generally across Europe as well as at national level.
He now represents the South of Scotland League on the Non Professional Game Board; is on the Disciplinary Panel at the SFA; and is currently instrumental in the ongoing reorganisation of Scottish football from grass roots through to national team level. This includes the implementation of the new club licensing scheme and introduction of a pyramid system within Scottish football. He has recently returned from a tour of SFA duty in Finland where he was Team Delegate to the successful Women’s Under 19s squad, who have qualified for the next round of the Women’s Under 19s European Championship. Earlier this month he attended the European Championship UEFA Qualifier between Liechtenstein and Scotland in Vaduz, where he was a member of the official Scotland team delegation. Colin deserves recognition for over 30 years of service to football in Stewartry."
ClubSport Stirling (Presented on 2nd November 2011)
"Alan is the Secretary of Stirling City Football Club but his role at the club goes far beyond that of the average Club Secretary. Not only does Alan carry out the usual duties of secretary but he also takes on the role of groundsman, he carries out all repairs and maintenance for the changing facilities, transports players to games, washes the strips and treats players for injuries. Alan spends hours each week supporting the work of the Club and no job is too much for him. Completely committed to seeing the Club and it’s players succeed, Alan was recently recognised when the Club were presented with the SFA Quality Mark Award.
To conclude, the dedication of Alan was evidenced when he borrowed a ride on mower to cut the Club’s pitches recently. Unfortunately the blades jammed so Alan jumped off and kicked the blades to free up the blocked grass. However to his shock the blades spun and sliced through his shoe breaking 2 toes. Being the truly dedicated character that he, Alan jumped back on the mower to finish cutting the grass, lining the park, preparing the changing rooms and taking on the match physio duties before taking himself to hospital!"