Forfar Athletic has pledged support to Lochside FC in helping with the development of young, aspiring footballers in the area, writes Kieran Allardice.
The move is a great boost to the Sunday league club who now have the aid and support of the local team.
It marks the second such development in recent months for Lochside, following on from the creation of a new community club with Forfar West End at the start of the season.
The endorsement came about following a successful meeting between Forfar Athletic chairman, Alastair Donald, and Lochside FC chairman Brian Lavery.
After the meeting Alastair said: “In recent years FAFC have made great strides in connecting with boys’ and girls’ football in the town, after meeting with Lochside
“I am delighted to add our encouragement to their initiative and this development must surely prove fruitful in the long term for boys’ football in the town.”
Lochside FC now has access to the 4G pitch at Station Park on training nights - Wednesdays and Fridays - for their 11-a-side teams, ranging from the Under-13s age group to Under-17s.
On top of that, the younger players will have further opportunities to be ball boys during home fixtures at Station Park.
It is hoped that the agreement will help the progress and development of the youngsters as footballers, as well as raising the profile of Lochside FC themselves.
Lochside FC Chairman Brian Lavery said: “I welcome any professional assistance that Alastair Donald and the Loons are in a position to offer. The meeting highlighted that help can be made available when required and we hope that all involved with our club can benefit from this in the near future. It is further encouragement for the club, who have recently achieved Development Level in the Quality Mark Awards at a recent ceremony at McDiarmid Park, Perth.
“I hope that everyone involved with the club can continue their hard work and take Lochside FC to the next level.”