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Collins in Cumbernauld; Scottish football legend visits Broadwood in search of grassroots football heroes

Written by Scott Campbell.
 
 
 
 
 
Published at 15:03 GMT on Thursday, May 16th, 2013.

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13/05/13 - 13051307 - RED CONSULTANCY CUMBERNAULD Former Scotland International John Collins joins kids from Cumbernauld Colts F.C to promote The Scottish Football Association Grassroots Awards
Picture is copyright of Scottish Football Association, used on courtesy.

SCOTTISH football legend, John Collins, paid a visit to Broadwood Stadium, last week, to help promote the 2013 Scottish FA Grassroots Awards, presented by McDonald’s and the Sunday Mail.

The football star visiting a number of training sessions, held by Cumbernauld Colts Football Club, at the town’s Broadwood Stadium, to present the club with their Quality Mark Legacy. 

The Cumbernauld Colts FC were founded in 1969 becoming the town’s first youth football club; rapidly growing throughout the 70s and 80s, becoming part of Cumbernauld’s rich heritage and producing players who made the jump to professional flourished, with names such as Derek Whyte and Jackie McNamara amongst them.
 
In 1999 the club was rebranded and re-born following a decline in playing members, and thanks to improved club infrastructure and player pathways the numbers continued to increase until the grassroots club was once again became the biggest youth set up in Cumbernauld. 

Growing from strength to strength, lately, the Cumbernauld Colts were recently awarded Quality Mark Legacy status - the highest award available through the Scottish FA Quality Mark accreditation scheme - the club now has 22 teams playing week in week out.
 

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13/05/13 - 13051307 - RED CONSULTANCY CUMBERNAULD Former Scotland International John Collins joins kids from Cumbernauld Colts F.C to promote The Scottish Football Association Grassroots Awards
Picture is copyright of Scottish Football Association, used on courtesy.

Whilst on his visit to the club, Collins caught up with Colts Chairman, Stewart McKenzie; watching an evening’s training session, and meeting volunteers and players, before taking part in a Q&A about his own grassroots career and his community heroes.
 
Speaking at the club, John was clear about the vital importance of the grassroots game, describing grassroots football as the “lifeblood” of the “national game”.

He said: “Grassroots football is the lifeblood of the national game, without it football simply wouldn’t exist.  The coaches and volunteers who sacrifice their time for these young footballers are priceless and deserve all the recognition they get from the Scottish FA Grassroots Awards. I still remember the various coaches to this day dedicating hours of their free time to allow us the chance to play and learn about the game. A volunteers’ influence on a young player cannot be underestimated and I urge you to recognise them by nominating your local volunteer for a Scottish FA Grassroots Award.”
 
Stewart McKenzie, Club Chairman, described the evening’s visit as “fabulous” and said that John’s visit would “stay” in the memories of the club for “a long time”.

Stewart said: “It has been a fabulous day for the club as John is a well known player around these parts and to see him with the kids, talking about his career and chatting to those involved with Cumbernauld will stay with us all for a long time. The club strives to offer grassroots football to the entire community and ensure that as many children as possible can enjoy the game we love so much.”
 
Nominations for The Scottish FA Grassroots Awards presented by McDonald’s are now open. To vote for a football coach, club or volunteer go to www.mcdonalds.co.uk/awards


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