Top honour for football coach Mark

Best Volunteer in Girls/Women's Football Mark Forbes with Mark McGhee (left) and Alex McLeish
Best Volunteer in Girls/Women's Football Mark Forbes with Mark McGhee (left) and Alex McLeish

A Peterhead Grassroots football volunteer has been honoured for his oustanding commitment to offering football to the local community.

Mark Forbes was named as a national award winner for the 2015 Scottish FA Grassroots Awards, presented by McDonald’s.

Having already been recognised at a regional level for his support of grassroots football in Aberdeenshire, Mark was named national winner of the Best Volunteer in Girls’ & Women’s Football and was presented with the award by Alex McLeish and Scotland assistant manager, Mark McGhee, at the 2015 national ceremony held at Hampden Park on September 17.

The national awards, which are now in their 12th year, recognise and celebrate grassroots volunteers and clubs across Scotland who dedicate their time to local grassroots football.

Mark has been a volunteer coach with Buchan Girls & Ladies for many years now. He goes above and beyond for the club and helps with everything from lining the pitches to coaching three nights a week.

He also coaches the girls’ games every Saturday and Ladies’ games every Sunday.

Mark gives up a huge amount of his time and is a very committed and dedicated coach. He provides great training sessions on a weekly basis and works with every single player and always puts his team first.

Alex McLeish, said: “The work that Mark has put into Buchan Girls & Ladies is remarkable and his dedication should be an inspiration to everyone involved in grassroots football.

Local McDonald’s franchisee, Geoff Cooper added: “Mark’s efforts are a fantastic example of the work and dedication that goes into preserving and building grassroots clubs across Scotland. It’s truly fantastic and I’d like to take this opportunity to personally congratulate Mark and the other winners of this year’s awards.”