Falkirk Ladies Football Club’s 20-year anniversary has been made even more significant after founding member Alison Mackie was included on the Queen’s New Year honours list.
Mackie stepped down from team coaching duties at the end of the 2013 season to focus on developing the club as a whole.
But she’ll do so with the added decoration of a British Empire Medal - awarded to individuals who have made a significant contribution to their local community.
Alison told Heraldsport: “It’s a great honour and lovely to be recognised - though I don’t know who it was that nominated me.
“I don’t think it’s just about me that’s getting an award. It’s particularly nice that it’s come during the club’s 20th anniversary season, and it’s recognition for the club and womens’ football in general, and how far as a sport we have come.”
Mackie is an active schools coordinator in nearby Clackmannanshire, but will continue to help move the club forward into its third decade, which includes working with Dunipace Juniors over plans to develop Westfield Park in Denny as a community sports hub.
She added: “I’ve stepped down from coaching as we have enough other coaches that I can focus on other areas of the club behind the scenes.
“It’s not half a nice way to sign off from my time coaching. I’m still surprised.
“No-one at the club knows either - and the first I’ve spoken about is with The Falkirk Herald.”