Montrose Youth FC and Links Park Community Trust (LPCT) have come together with an ambition for the betterment of kids football in the Angus town.
Receiving national acclaim, the historic collaboration will see the youth football club become a member of the community trust, working closely together to improve the quality of coaching, provide enhanced facilities and increase funding potential to benefit not just today’s players, but future generations as well.
Montrose Youth currently have 14 boys and girls teams and are Angus Club Excellence accredited to Gold level.
They also have a Scottish FA Standard Quality Mark which they aim to improve to Legacy Status with the help of this partnership.
Club chairman, Lee Walker, said: “We are excited about the prospect of working with an established charity that shares our goals and vision for youth football locally.
“LPCT bring experience and knowledge that will support us and our members greatly in further developing our football operations and improving the coaching standard we can offer, as well as assistance in areas of funding which will enable us to realise our plans for improved facilities.”
As the independent charitable arm of Montrose FC, LPCT delivers an extensive range of innovative programmes in the areas in sport, education and health.
They engage weekly with hundreds of youngsters and as well as being Angus Partnership Excellence Award winners, they are also members of the European Football for Development Network.
Trust chief executive, Peter Davidson, said: “Montrose Youth FC are a very professional, progressive organisation, and I am delighted that through their membership of LPCT we will now be able to direct some of our resources, both physical and financial, to support their continued growth.”
This forward thinking approach has already been recognised through the sports national governing body, the Scottish FA.
East Region Manager, Kevin Lee said: “Our aim within the Scottish FA is to support clubs so they can offer football for all and for life.
“This collaborative approach is a flagship club model which will help deliver this vision. This partnership between a professional club, a club trust and a Quality Mark club is a shining example of football coming together to benefit their community and the sport.”
The addition of Montrose Youth will see the reach of the trust increase from over 1,100 participants each and every week, to almost 1,400 (over 10 per cent of the local population) with an age range of one year to 84 years.