Local clubs link up to nurture talent

Special presentations were made to retiring chairman Joseph Mitchell (second left) and Janette Reilly (retiring secretary) at the agm by new chairman Barry Quinn (left) and vice-chairman Garry Balfour.

Special presentations were made to retiring chairman Joseph Mitchell (second left) and Janette Reilly (retiring secretary) at the agm by new chairman Barry Quinn (left) and vice-chairman Garry Balfour.

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FORFAR Boys Football Club’s role in nurturing young talent on the pitch has been strengthened with an exciting link-up with Forfar Albion Junior Football Club.

The news broke at Forfar Boys’ annual general meeting and prize-giving on Sunday, when new chairman Barry Quinn confirmed there was now an affiliation between the clubs which will prove beneficial for Forfar Boys’ older players and those coming up through the ranks.

He said: “We have had talks with Forfar Albion, and are in talks with Forfar Athletic, to give boys from Forfar and the surrounding area a clear pathway into junior football. This will give them the chance to train and play with a junior and professional club, with Forfar Boys being a feeder club.”

He spoke about the opportunities for tapping in to SportsScotland and community funding adding: “This is a long term plan to make Forfar known as a centre of excellence. We are inundated with boys who want to join us and through junior coaching sessions we want to help those who want to choose football as a career.”

Retiring chairman Joseph Mitchell said Forfar Boys F.C. now had 11 teams catering for youngsters aged from five through to 17, with some 180 boys turning out for the club. Forfar Boys was one of the largest clubs in Tayside and he thanked the managers, coaches and assistants for their dedication.

He reported on another successful year for the club, with the under 14s side just losing out in the cup final and the under 17s finishing runners-up in the President’s League.

Off the pitch it has also been a really good year and he thanked all the sponsors for their continued support.