Forging forward with development

THE future development of Forfar Boys Football Club and the creation of a Forfar Community Sports Club was outlined to parents at a meeting in The Plough in Forfar on Monday evening, writes Janet Thomson.

Club chairman Barry Quinn presented a detailed report on the current status of the club, which has around 180 players ranging from six to 19 years, and teams catering for the under 7s through to under 19s.

He spoke of the ultimate goal in creating a Forfar Community Sports Club to enhance football in the area and make Forfar a “football centre of excellence” with the best coaching, facilities and opportunities available.

The format for this has to be agreed with Forfar Albion, Letham Lads, Forfar Athletic and the SFA.

A five year plan for improvements, goals and objectives would be created with the pursuit of a potential £400,000 funding for the area.

Barry outlined the recent steps taken by the club to nurture grass roots football in Forfar and the surrounding area, which has included the affiliation with Forfar Albion Junior Football Club and Letham Lads Amateur Football Club, as well as talks with Forfar Athletic which he hoped would lead to an affiliation in the future.

Recent progress has also included an agreement to utilise the 4G pitch at Station Park from 2012 onwards, and the grant for SFA 4 v 4 coaching and equipment for the under 7s and under 8s.

He explained the initiation of a Forfar Community Sports Club, with SFA guidance, would create an SFA grass roots development plan. There would also be a financial boost for the club, which currently raises approximately £8,000 a year, through joint fund-raising agreed between Forfar Boys, Forfar Albion and Letham Lads.

He said: “Multiple community funding opportunities are now available to develop the club and implement facilities which will include changing rooms, showers, toilets etc. Combined and professional coaching sessions will be implemented across all teams with Forfar Athletic, Forfar Albion, Letham Lads and Coerver Coaching.”

With the ground work complete, the meeting heard of future requirements.

These include an additional 11-a-side grass pitch, improved training facilities, increased technical coaching for players, coaches and managers and the creation of a player development plan to help the players progress.

In the presentation the clear pathway for players started off with increased coaching through the 4 v 4 programme for six to eight year olds with the recruitment of younger players through enhanced school links, leading on to the seven-a-side league for seven to 12 year-olds, the 11-a-side league for 12 to 19 years olds and then on to Letham Lads, Forfar Albion and Forfar Athletic.

All teams are to be actively encouraged to train twice a week where appropriate and the club will have SFA level 3 coaches for seven and 11 asides.

The meeting also heard of the club’s link up with the specialist coaching company - Coerver Coaching.

Forfar Boys are the first club in the area to sign up with the group which has 28 years experience with leading federations, clubs, managers and star names in interational football.

Addresing the meeting Barry said: “There is a lot going on at Forfar Boys Club and we really need your support. This is quite a bold move for the club. We are the only club in the area to go in to partnership with Coerver which will help us generat quality players through training.

“These are ambitous plans - some might not happen, but there is so much more we can do for the future of football in Forfar and in a few years time we will see a big difference.”