Coach stresses the need for development

Trophy winners at the 2011-12 Gala Fairydean Youths presentation evening. Back row: Duncan Kemp (17's coaches player), Danny Bolton (17's players player), Michael  Louth (14's players player), Paul Allan (15's coaches player), Matthew Brass (15's players player). Front: Christopher Boggs (14's coaches player), Andrew Chandler (13's coaches player),  Cameron Dalgliesh (13's players player).

Trophy winners at the 2011-12 Gala Fairydean Youths presentation evening. Back row: Duncan Kemp (17's coaches player), Danny Bolton (17's players player), Michael Louth (14's players player), Paul Allan (15's coaches player), Matthew Brass (15's players player). Front: Christopher Boggs (14's coaches player), Andrew Chandler (13's coaches player), Cameron Dalgliesh (13's players player).

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GALA FAIRYDEAN Youths capped another successful season by producing an excellent turn-out for the annual presentation ceremony in the clubrooms on Friday evening.

Youth co-ordinator Fred Blackie reflected on a good year on the playing side with the under-17s winning the league title, the 15s reaching the cup final, the 14s winning the cup and the 13s showing steady progress during the course of the campaign.

But he stressed the priority of the club remained player development with the aim of providing players for the Fairydean under-19s and first team.

Off the field, it had been a very challenging season with the arrival of the new 3G facility and the loss of the regular changing rooms had resulted in a huge increase in costs.

Blackie praised the efforts of the club’s committee who had raised the money to cover the costs and also provided free training as it was recognised parents had faced the burden of paying for new footwear for the 3G pitch.

He urged everyone to support the club’s fund-raisers – not just the loyal few – as they all directly benefited from them.

The club’s annual general meeting will take place in the upstairs lounge of the Salmon Inn tonight at 7pm. All welcome.