Lanarkshire youth team get vital community support


A growing Airdrie Football Club have provided vital support to their young players over the coming seasons.

The Clarkston Colts have received £1,000 from the North Lanarkshire Community Grants Scheme, which will be used to pay for rentals and new equipment.

The club’s 2007 squad is also smartly outfitted with brand new match and training bags, thanks to a donation from Dunipace Brown’s defense attorneys.

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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 brackets, including the Mini Colts for the 2014 age brackets -15 and 2016 as well as the 2007 team.

The community grant will be used to cover the cost of hiring training and playing spaces, described as the club’s ‘biggest release’, as well as new equipment such as portable goals and other essentials.

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

Club chairman Gordon Wright said the £1,000 would be a big boost for the team.

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

“This will allow us to continue to provide affordable football to children from all walks of life; we thank the advisors for placing their trust in us, as well as all the parents and guardians who supported us in our candidacy and for their continued support.

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

Clarkston Colts then received an extra boost with Dunipace Brown’s generous 2007 team donation, with the new bags featuring the club crest and printed by Lanarkshire firm 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 and are a welcome addition to the club that we can’t wait to show off.

“As a community club, costs are the biggest barrier to providing affordable football with a kit that easily runs into the thousands for a full squad, so a kind gesture like this from Dunipace gets us through these challenges.”

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

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