Clubs awarded Licenses

Two more clubs were awarded licenses this month, Dalbeattie Star and Gala Fairydean Rovers received entry level licenses earlier this month.

The SFA Club Licensing system encompasses a National and European regulatory system.

Licensing sets out standards and procedures by which clubs will be assessed as a basis for continuous improvement of many aspects of football.

It is a modern form of regulation.

Clubs are granted an overall award reflecting the lowest level that the club achieves in the four sections of criteria (Ground, First Team Football, Youth Team Football and Legal, Admin, Finance and Codes of Practice).

Gala Fairydean Rovers Chairman Kevin Temple said “We are delighted to have been awarded our SFA License.

“Our committee has worked hard to ensure that we complied with all of the rigorous standards and criteria demanded by the SFA.

“We have taken huge steps forward since the merger of Gala Fairydean and Gala Rovers in June 2013 and this award is yet another milestone in our efforts to eventually bring League football to Galashiels.”

Dalbeattie’s Kenny Murray said “I am delighted to we have been awarded a club license at entry level.

“A lot of hard work has gone in to achieve this and credit to our hard working committee for all their efforts.

“However special mention must go to Andy Davies, who managed the whole project and Colin Holden, whose experience and expertise in this field was invaluable.

“We also like to thank Scottish Football Partnership and Dumfries And Galloway Council, without their financial assistance the club would have struggled to achieve the required standard.

“Also a huge thanks to all the local tradesmen who were involved in the improvements to the stadium that will be a huge benefit not just to Dalbeattie Star but to the Dalbeattie community as a whole.

League chairman Andrew Waddell said “This is great news, both clubs have been working hard to meet the requirements and I am delighted they have been awarded a license.”