National recognition for Milngavie football club’s disability section

Milngavie FC's Caroline Diaz with former Scotland manager Alex McLeish
Milngavie FC's Caroline Diaz with former Scotland manager Alex McLeish

A Milngavie football club has landed a top national award from the SFA.

Caroline Diaz from Milngavie FC was presented with the Volunteer Disability Award at a glittering gala dinner at Hampden last week to hand out the McDonald’s Grassroots Awards.

The club’s disabled section received Quality Mark Disability Club status last December and Caroline was given a Regional Award a couple of months ago, leading to the National Award on Thursday.

Caroline, club secretary and player protection officer, said: “It is a great achievement, especially since there is very little for disabled children and adults. We now have three sections including two for children – one for more able bodied and one for children with more complex special needs.

“We also have the Walk Football for adults with medical problems or a disability that no longer allows them to play running; or for those who love the game but are older and have to play it slightly differently.

“We have to constantly fundraise to keep this section going. We also are in dire need of facilities for the disabled in Milngavie itself. There are none so we use the indoor at the Allander in Bearsden.”

Former Scotland boss Alex McLeish and current national team assistant Mark McGhee were among those attending the dinner in support of Caroline and the other winners.