The Lewis football coach who led Lewis and Harris women to Highlands and Islands league cup glory last weekend (Saturday August 24th) has been named as the north region’s nominee in the people’s choice category of the Scottish FA’s grassroots awards.

Coach Euan Macleod has been recognised for his positive contribution to developing enthusiasm for football among Western Isles women, his nomination coming before he led the women’s team to cup success. He’s one of four nominees for the award.

Public voting is now open online here (https://www.scottishfa.co.uk/football-development/attractive-game/grassroots-awards/award-categories/peoples-choice/) and closes at 11.59pm on Wednesday September 18th.

The citation for Euan’s nomination says: “Euan works tirelessly to nurture and develop girls and women’s football in the Western Isles. He manages and coaches the Lewis & Harris Women’s Football team as well as the women’s football team who represent the Western Isles at the International Island games.

“Euan’s dedication to the women’s and girls’ game has seen three girls from the Isle of Lewis signing for Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Rangers and Celtic, while one of the girls has achieved four international caps at Under-15/16 level for Scotland in the past year.

“He spends four nights a week, on top of weekends coaching the women and girls. His commitment and dedication to the cause sees his spend hours researching, organising, scheduling every match, training or opportunity possible. He not only coaches but also drives the minibus to games, arranges fund raising events, washes all the kit and monitors player nutrition, which has improved the players’ technical ability and fitness.

“Euan has successfully taken teams to three World Island Games and has not only dedicated time during the run up to the event, but sourced a huge amount of local sponsorship and funding to reduce the cost for the players. He plans morning gym sessions, training sessions and weekends away to the mainland to play games and dedicates a huge amount of time off the pitch to ensure the club and the Island has the resources available to play competitive football while running the club efficiently.”

The annual Scottish FA grassroots awards are co-sponsored by McDonald’s and the Sunday Mail and aim to recognise and reward people across the country who make a difference to grassroots football in their local community. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on September 19th.

Picture shows Euan at last weekend’s women’s cup celebration (Trevor Martin).