Club’s role in community

THE important role Forfar Athletic plays in the local community was outlined to members of Forfar Community Council last Thursday evening at their monthly meeting in Forfar.

Club directors Dennis Fenton and Jim Farquhar, along with former director and chairman Neill Wilson, took the opportunity to state their case in light of a recent £20,000 award from the Forfar Common Good Fund for a 3G pitch at Station Park.

Mr Fenton explained he had approached community council to be given the opportunity to address the meeting following questions asked in the local press, and the local community, regarding funding.

He said a £300,000 grant from “cash for communities”, awarded jointly to Forfar Athletic and Forfar Farmington Football Club, had come “out of the blue”. They believed the award had been given due to the work Forfar Farmington did in the community, and the fact Forfar Athletic had recently started youth teams. He was delighted to report one of these players, Duncan Reid from Kirriemuir, had signed a two year contract with the first team.

He described a partnership agreement between the two clubs and Angus Council, with leisure services providing a £25,000 pre-booking arrangement for schools for approximately five years. They will be able to use the pitch, during term time, between 9 am and 4 pm every day as well as at weekends and during the evenings during term time. He added the 3G surface was not just suitable for football, but other sports before outlining a number of projects carried out by Forfar Athletic, off the pitch, which benefit the local community. These included the successful ladies dinners and sportsmen dinners, Scottish concerts run by Mike McEwan, as well as the Loons Lottery which has ploughed thousands of pounds back in to the local community - £800 every week (£40,000 a year) - for the last 11 years (£1/2million).

Whilst he acknowledged Forfar Athletic was a company, he pointed out the seven directors were fans of the club who paid for their own season tickets.