Youth football coach Peter is honoured by SFA

Peter Frame has been coaching footballers for 41 years. Picture: Gordon Fraser

Peter Frame has been coaching footballers for 41 years. Picture: Gordon Fraser

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A Midlothian football coach is to be honoured at the home of Scottish football for his dedication to the sport he loves.

Loanhead Miner’s Youth FC secretary Peter Frame, 56, has been coaching local footballers for 41 years.

He received the SFA Grassroots Volunteer of the Year Award in a ceremony at Hampden Park last month.

He said: “I’m very happy, ecstatic you could say.

“I’ve been to these awards nights before but never won, so I know what to expect, I’m looking forward to it.

“Like everything else there are good times and bad times. But it’s just what I do. I can’t answer why I have done it so long. You just grow into it.

“The last boys team I coached was the Under-16s in 2004/05. We won the league.

“Since then I have coached girls and I started a kids football school called Soccer Tots.

“I started when I was 15. I still enjoy it.

“I have always been at Loanhead, never anywhere else.

“I have been asked to go elsewhere but this is my local community.

“It saves driving into Edinburgh. I just have to walk up the road.

“I run the local four and five-a side leagues so I’m responsible for 94 teams every week.

“Peter has passed on his football knowledge to hundreds of children, with one becoming a Scotland international and playing in the English Premier League.

Peter said: “I like to see them hopefully make a career out of it.

“However you have to be lucky to do that. But the main thing is that they enjoy it.

“Gary Naysmith (formerly of Hearts and Everton) is probably the most successful footballer I have coached. I only had him for a year.

“I still remember when he played here. And I still see him.

“I know his family well.

“But I have seen a lot of players go on to play in the lower leagues too.”

Peter now coaches girls’ teams, runs the Soccer Tots Football School, organises the local four and 
five-a-side leagues, runs the Loanhead walking football team and has his own clubrooms in Loanhead.Peter added: “I train the Under-11s girls, but I fill in where needed too.

“I have also been running the walking football team for three years now.

“Football keeps me busy seven days a week. I’m good at organising things. I like to be prepared.

“And I’m always first there,” he said proudly.

“When coaching I’m always set up before the players arrive.”

KEVIN QUINN