Falkirk Golf Club’s junior match secretary Allan Bryson has been named sportScotland’s Volunteer of the Year.
Since Allan, who has been a member at the Carmuirs course for more than three decades, took his son Craig along for a round on the fairways three years ago he has helped the club’s junior section to blossom.
“We’ve seen the ranks rise from eight junior members when I took Craig along to what it is now - over 60.
“We’ve done a lot of work to encourage younger golfers here and while it’s nice to be recognised with the award it is recognition of all the hard work we have put into the junior section. I have seen it grow right from the start”
Allan received his award in the clubhouse on Saturday night from sportScotland’s partnership managers Bob Wyllie and Iain Kennedy(pictured right).
It’s recognition for the father of two “doing anything and everything” to ensure the junior section runs smoothly.
Youngsters are awarded attendance league points as well as reward for winning competitions in the club. They hone their skills on the club’s nine-hole course, away from the seniors on the full length course which is, on ocassuion adapted for junior medals. It is all part of the club philosophy of integrating more youth players into the club - and it is paying off with players as young as five and seven taking on the nine holes.
“We created the progression for young players to keep the club’s youth membership going.
“We have a reduced fee for students who progress from juniors and again for young adults. It all helps the club in difficult times - and it’s nice to receive the award.
Allan’s son Craig (16) and daughter Laura (14) are also club members.