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Bonnyton recognised for disability inclusion work

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By Ryan Rowe
Bonnyton Thistle Journalist
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Bonnyton Thistle Quality Mark Award SpecialBonnyton Thistle were accredited with the respected Disability Inclusive Club award at the SFA Quality Mark Awards at Hampden Park on Friday 7th December. The prestigious dinner was attended by famous faces such as Allan Johnston (ex Kilmarnock, Rangers, Hearts and Scotland) and former FIFA referee-turned after-dinner speaker Willie Young. John Brown (Regional Manager) and Graeme Mathie (Regional Development Officer) were the key figures on the night as clubs from across the South West Region received their various honours – from Standard Level, to Community, to Development and Disability Inclusive.

Bonnyton's work in becoming a Disability Inclusive Club involved putting coaches through certificates for working with disabled people, training them in first aid and encouraging those from the local community to try out football at Bonnyton in spite of their disability. This vision was praised by Graeme Mathie and he commended those within the club for sharing it with "someone who batters everyone into this vision". This light-hearted reference to Bonnyton supremo Ian Higgins was received well by the club, who were represented on the night by Bobby Biggar and Neil Wilson, two of the club's coaches.

With this award, Bonnyton have become one of the first outfits from the Kilmarnock area to be deemed a Disability Inclusive Club. Next year, the club hopes to reach Community Level – a real showing of the drive, determination and dedication within the club to move itself forward and continue to be one of the most prominent clubs of the South West region. Upon receiving accreditation, Neil Wilson gave us a statement:
"We are chuffed to bits to be rewarded with Disability Inclusive Club status. This is another step on the way to the next level and it's an important part of what we're trying to do."

Neil and Bobby both agreed that they were "very appreciative" – of both the SFA and the club itself – for their recognition of the club's efforts and for the work that goes on within Bonnyton.

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Ryan Rowe

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