A STALWART of local football has been honoured for more than half a century of dedication to the beautiful game.
Donald Beaton (67) was recently voted the Best Volunteer in the Scottish FA Regional Grassroots Award for the Central area and is now on course to compete in the national finals at Hampden on September 27.
For the last 50 years Donald has been the cornerstone of local grassroots football in Killearn, were he lives.
He has been involved as a player, coach, manager, treasurer and chairman of Killearn FC as well as being an integral part of The Forth & Endrick League Committee and Scottish Welfare Board.
And as a representative on the Scottish FA Non-Professional Game Board, he has been actively involved with the league and overseen everything from under 16 coaching to referees appointments.
Donald, pictured here with his award, said: “It’s an honour to be recognised with the regional award. I feel very privileged to be involved in grassroots football and to work with some very dedicated and talented people.”
The volunteer, who won the adult category received his award which is sponsored by McDonald’s and the Sunday Mail.
The Grassroots Awards celebrate young players, coaches and volunteers in the six Scottish FA regions, who dedicate their time to supporting grassroots football in their local community.
Alan Taylor, Football Development Officer for the Central FA, said: “Donald is a legend of the game in our eyes and it is right that we take the time, not just to recognise his dedication to the game, but also to say thank you for the enthusiasm and time that Donald gives up.
“Without the 1,000s of volunteers, like Donald, dedicating their time and effort passing on their skills to others, grassroots football in local communities simply wouldn’t happen.
“I want to wish Donald the best of luck in the national awards later this year, and we look forward to hearing the results.”