FORFAR Albion Junior Football Club and Forfar Boys Football Club have formed an affiliation between both clubs to try to ensure local footballers of all ages within the Forfar and wider Angus area are involved in the game for as long as possible either as players, coaches or volunteers and to create pathways of participation to support this.
This affiliation will assist in the development and encouragement of strong links between both clubs that will incorporate exceptionally important youth through to adult involvement which is currently missing within the Forfar area.
Both clubs are of the opinion that developing stronger and larger clubs within the heart of the Forfar community will make it far easier and inviting for local people to either play the game and/or become involved in a volunteer/coaching capacity and will help to generate a local sense of pride and spirit for all involved.
Forfar Albion Junior Football Club, who currently play within the East Region of Scotland North Division, was formed in 1975, following the amalgamation of Forfar East End FC, who were established in 1881, and Forfar Celtic FC who were established in 1891.
The club is committed to a Forfar District and Angus Area wide youth development policy and are in the process of implementing all relevant criteria which will support an application for the SFA Quality Mark within the immediate future.
Forfar Boys Club, also formed in 1975, has grown considerably over the years and currently has around 180 local boys playing in 11 teams ranging from Under 7s through to Under 19s, supported by an infrastructure of over 30 qualified and dedicated coaches.
The club has recently gained the SFA Quality Mark which everyone at the club is extremely proud of and considered that the time is right time to develop an official link with Forfar Albion to ensure all their players have the opportunity to properly develop their skills and progress through the ranks from boys and youths to Junior Football.
Both clubs have agreed upon a joint objective to develop a Forfar Community Sports Club that will have the intention of working freely and co-operatively with the committee, managers, coaches, players and volunteers/parents of all local sports teams and local primary and secondary schools to pursue and implement better links and opportunities within the local community and set the foundations for enhanced grass roots football and other sports within Forfar and the surrounding area.
As an integral part of this joint objective, both clubs will increase talent scouting within Forfar and the wider Angus area to increase involvement in the game of football, and progress joint fundraising activities to allow the introduction of more advanced coaching at all levels to create more technically minded and talented players at all levels to provide them with the opportunity to play at as high a standard as possible.
Representatives of both clubs have contacted the SFA’s East Region manager, and have met with the SFA’s East Region club development manager, to explore the potential development of their affiliation towards the formation of a Forfar Community Sports Club and have received excellent guidance, encouragement and support.
The SFA East Region has recognised this affiliation as an important move which is aligned with their own policies on the future growth and development of youth football in Scotland. Both clubs will continue to work with the SFA to make sure that the organisational structure of this affiliation is developed in such a way that player pathways are clear for all boys and girls alike who have the right determination, attitude, skills and work ethics to progress to the highest levels of football within and possibly beyond the Forfar area.
Barry Quinn, chairman of Forfar Boys Club said: “Forfar Albion JFC is a local Junior Football Club who have a demonstrable record of encouraging and providing opportunities to talented local footballers to play at junior level.
“Our vice-chairman used to play for FAJFC, as did several of our other managers and coaches, so it was a natural choice to link up with them to keep football in Forfar thriving for years to come.
“Ever since we approached Doug Reid, secretary of FAJFC, the enthusiasm and support that has come from both clubs has been exceptional.
“There are so many evident advantages for our clubs which will arise by forming this affiliation and will go a long way to create and support grass roots football in Forfar for many years. We want to become a centre of excellence for football and put a “stake in the ground” for other regions and towns to follow.”
Doug Reid, Secretary of Forfar Albion Junior Football Club added: “Forfar Boys Club has an excellent and very well organised structure which is highly commendable in recruiting and developing young football talent within the Forfar Area and increasing their knowledge and skill base as they progress through the various stages of youth football from Under-7s through to Under-19s level.
“Their commitment to continually developing the quality standard of their coaching levels is very encouraging and enviable. Many past and present Forfar Albion players, coaches and committee members have come through the ranks of Forfar Boys Club and there is a tremendous enthusiasm to build on such a successful relationship which has developed over many, many years. Everyone at Forfar Albion is excited by the prospect that lies ahead for both clubs through the continued development of young local talent and see this as the way forward for increasing community participation and enjoyment of the game in both playing and volunteer capacities.”
Both clubs would wish to encourage the active involvement of other local clubs and members of the local community and any interested parties should in the first instance contact either; Doug Reid of Forfar Albion JFC on 07768 152762, or Barry Quinn of Forfar Boys Club on 07817 440786.