£10,000 boost for local football clubs

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FOOTBALL in Montrose has had a major boost with a £10,000 donation from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to help with club development in the area.

The money, presented recently to Montrose FC chairman Derek Sim, is aimed at benefiting clubs from youth to senior levels.

It follows a £250,000 donation made the company four years ago towards the redevelopment of Links Park, which included an all-weather pitch.

The latest cash injection will allow players from Montrose Youth FC, Montrose Roselea an Merpro AFC to train at Links Park free of charge.

Montrose site director Dave Tudor said: “As a pharmaceutical company, much of GSK’s major sponsorship is concerned with the promotion of health and fitness and supporting the development of football in the town at all levels is very much in keeping with this philosophy.”

“We were keen with the original donation that Links Park should be used more for community activities, particularly for young people and women’s sports, and this aspect has been very successful.

“The latest donation builds on this and by enabling local soccer teams to have closer association with Montrose FC hopefully home-grown talent will feed through to the Scottish Football League Division Three side.”

Derek Sim, Montrose FC Chairman, said that the GSK donation was appreciated and would help maintain the facilities at Links Park, which were much improved following the £600,000 major refurbishment programme in 2007.

He said: “Maintaining facilities such as we have at Links Park requires a constant stream of revenue and GSK’s latest generous donation will be a great help, as well as encouraging the development of local soccer.”