The coach who led Lewis and Harris women’s football team to glory has been honoured with a high accolade from the Scottish Football Association and the wider football community.
Euan ‘Moley’ Macleod was named People’s Choice with merit at the Scottish FA’s grassroots award ceremony, in association with the Sunday Mail and McDonalds.
The awards were presented at a ceremony last night (Thursday September 19th) after voting closed the previous day. Euan had already won a grassroots award for the North region, putting him in contention for the overall People’s Choice award - the only one selected by public vote.
In the citation for his nomination, the Scottish FA said: “Euan works tirelessly to nurture and develop girl's 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…He 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.”
Commenting after receiving the award, Euan said: “Gee Whiz. I could not be prouder. Everyone from the Western Isles, this is our award. Any number of coaches from the WI could have been in my shoes tonight, I am just the lucky guy, who is part of the most unbelievable team. Thank you everyone who voted.”
Euan is pictured at the award ceremony last night (Scottish FA).