Jim recognised as a grassroots hero

Jim Callahan with Kenny Dalglish
Jim Callahan with Kenny Dalglish

Jim Callahan, from Motherwell, picked up a national award at the 2014 Scottish FA Grassroots Awards to recognise his commitment to football in the local community.

Jim was named winner of the McDonald’s Community Champion category and was presented with the award by McDonald’s Head of Scottish Football Kenny Dalglish at a ceremony in Hampden Park.

Twenty-five years ago Jim’s son Craig wanted to play football, but with a lack of youth clubs in the Motherwell area, Jim took it upon himself to change this, setting up Villa Park Boys’ Club.

Over the years, the club has expanded, with teams from other age groups being formed and today there are over 120 players at the club, all benefitting from Jim’s vision, his organisational and people skills and his sheer love of the game.

Kenny Dalglish said: “Jim Callahan sums up the spirit of grassroots football and what he has achieved with Villa Park Boys Club is testament to his philosophy that when you have the right mental attitude, nothing can stop you achieving your football goals.

“Grassroots football is vital to the game and without all of hard work of the volunteers and coaches up and down the country, we simply wouldn’t have football as we know it.

“It is fitting that Jim’s dedication and achievements have been honoured and it was a pleasure to present him with his award.”

McDonald’s has been community partner with The Scottish Football Association for the past 12 years, for more information visit www.mcdonalds.co.uk/betterplay.