Lanarkshire youth team nets vital support from community


A growing Airdrie football club has scored vital support for its young players in the seasons ahead.

Clarkston Colts have received £1000 from North Lanarkshire’s community grants scheme which will be used to pay for lets and new equipment.

The club’s 2007 team is also smartly kitted out with new branded bags for matches and training, thanks to a donation from Dunipace Brown defense lawyers.

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Founded six years ago, the club has grown from its initial small group of children and parents and now has 30 youngsters in various age sections, including Mini Colts for the 2014-15 and 2016 age groups as well as the 2007s team.

The community grant will be used to cover the cost of hiring training and playing spaces, described as the club’s “largest outgoing”, plus new equipment such as portable goals and other essentials.

It means Colts volunteers will be able to continue offering affordable football and help them to “put the development of our young people at the heart of everything we do”.

Club chairman Gordon Wright said the £1000 would be a great boost to the team.

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He told Lanarkshire Live: “This is great news for the club at an exciting time for all of us – we’re all really excited for what the future holds and look forward to using the cash to build on the foundations put in place by our dedicated team.

“This will allow us to continue to offer kids from all different backgrounds affordable football; We thank the councilors for placing their trust in us, and also all the parents and guardians who supported us in our application and for their continued support.

“We’re always looking to add players to our club and are also keen to add passionate volunteers to the existing coaching structure, and would love to hear from people.”

Clarkston Colts then received a further boost with the generous donation to the 2007 team from Dunipace Brown, with the new bags sporting the club crest and being printed by Lanarkshire business Naomi’s Novelties.

Coach and committee member, Jack Haugh, told us: “We can’t thank Dunipace enough for their generosity – these essential items really look the part and are a welcome addition to the club which we can’t wait to show off.

“As a community club, costs are the biggest hindrance to providing affordable football with kit easily running into the thousands for a full squad, so a kind gesture like this from Dunipace allows us to overcome these challenges.”

For more information on getting involved with the Airdrie club, email [email protected] or find the team on social media.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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