Youth Club leader is East Ren’s volunteer of the year

All the winners pictured at the awards ceremony held by East Ren Leisure Trust.
All the winners pictured at the awards ceremony held by East Ren Leisure Trust.

IF multitasking was a sport, then youth club chairman, Mark Thomson would be in the running to be a world champion.

The hard work and dedication of recently-retired head of St Cadoc’s Youth Club, in Newton Mearns was recognised by the East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure Trust, at an annual awards ceremony.

Before Mark was presented with the Volunteer of the Year Award, the Trust’s Team Leader Community Sports, David McLeish said:

“Mark has led the football and netball sections of St Cadoc’s Youth Club for ten years and not only was he head coach, he was also club chairman growing membership from 60 to 650 players with a coaching network of 130.

“He easily dedicated 30 to 40 hours a week to the club and is clearly a natural at multitasking, as he was involved in all aspects of the club.

Mark was one of eight dedicated sports people who were honoured at the Trust’s Coaching, Officiating and Volunteering Awards, held at a special ceremony in Eastwood House.

The other award winners were: Community Coach of the Year, Anna Beattie, from the Allstars Netball Club; Young Volunteer of the Year, 18-year-old Tom Proctor, from the Netherlee Choose-day Club; Young Coach of the Year, 24-year-old Grace Caldwell, a community sports coach with the Trust and the Young Person’s Coach of the Year went to Alan Miller, a sports coach with the Trust’s Community Sports Team.

The Performance Development Coach of the Year Award went to Dudley Walker, from Giffnock North Athletics Club; Technical Official of the Year, Andrew McMillan, school football referee and Andrea Cassells, a swimming coach with the Trust, won the Disability Coach of the Year Award.

The awards were presented by East Renfrewshire Councillor and the Trust’s depute chairperson, Mary Montague.