New community club is created

Players from the Left in their new kits - Matthew Ramsay, Graeme Hart, Darren Scott and Darren Cox.
Players from the Left in their new kits - Matthew Ramsay, Graeme Hart, Darren Scott and Darren Cox.

Local clubs Forfar West End and Lochside FC have joined forces to create a new community club for the upcoming 2013/14 season.

The new community club will provide a pathway for the Lochside FC youngsters to develop from seven-a-side to 11-a-side football.

It is hoped that this new partnership will also encourage the youngsters to keep playing into adulthood.

In the partnership’s inaugural season, the main developments will be the sharing of Strathmore Park.

Lochside FC will now utilise all the facilities at the ground – including the changing and playing facilities and the social club for fund-raisers and meetings.

To get the partnership off to a strong start, the community club will be launched with a Family Fun Day this Saturday, July 27.

The event will be held at Strathmore Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, and will involve seven-a-side and 11-a-side games for Lochside.

Forfar West End will also hold their annual trophy fixture against Longside JFC, so there is plenty of footballing action planned to keep everyone occupied.

But there will also be a barbecue on site, a bouncy castle, inflatable bungy run, beat the goalie and information stalls on the new community club and the plans for the coming season.

Entry is free of charge, so everyone is invited to go along and support this new community partnership.

Daryl McKenzie, Forfar West End boss, said: “We will see how things go this year with the partnership, but it is a step towards becoming a Quality Mark club with the SFA.

“We will have a lot of information on the day, so the public can come and find out what it’s all about.

“We will also have new signage up at Strathmore Park for both clubs.”

Meanwhile, Forfar West End have been continuing to invest off the park as they build strength after coming back from abeyance at the start of last season.

The club have provided new training kit and equipment and are looking to make big improvements to Strathmore Park itself in the coming months.