Fraserburgh’s Link Up Youth Football Club was recently awarded a Quality Mark from the Scottish Football Association. This month, they have revealed to us the work that goes on behind the scenes at the club which went some way in seeing them given such an honour.
Link Up started with six to eight boys around 1989, running from the JIC Building on Albert Street, serving as a football club for poorer areas of the community.
Today’s chairperson, Elizabeth Dunbar, has seen the club go from strength to strength, culminating in the quality mark, with Link Up providing a club for children from primary two to the under 17s.
They have also tasted success with their youngsters fulfilling their footballing potential, with many players offered trials with Aberdeen Football Club, most notably Jamie Masson who, after progressing through Aberdeen’s youth academy, signed a professional deal with the city club.
Similarly, nine of the current Fraserburgh Football Club first team graduated from the local Link Up set-up.
Mirroring the Highland League team, the under 15 Link Up team have also went on a successful Scottish Cup run, reaching - thus far - the semi-finals of the competition.
With coaching staff giving up their personal, free time to go through coaching and first aid courses, and a fundraising committee that helps to bankroll the continuation of the club, it is important to note that each person involved with the Link Up does so voluntarily, from the children who play to the Link Up committee who ensure best practice.
Fraserburgh Football Club was also awarded an SFA Quality Mark earlier this year.
For more information on the SFA Quality Mark, which is awarded to clubs to support and recognise those which have a desire to be the best that they can be, please visit the Scottish FA’s QualityMark page at www.goo.gl/tmzXeM.