Exciting future for football

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Football teams of all ages in Carnoustie and the surrounding district have officially come together in the spirit of cooperation.

Earlier this week the inauguration was officially announced of Carnoustie Panmure Football Club which will consist of the 18 junior, amateur, youth and ladies’ teams currently playing in Carnoustie and Monifieth.

The senior team as it is now known will be run by the Gowfers, with Carnoustie YM taking on the amateur sides, Monifieth Ladies will take on the girls’ squads and Panmure Youth FC will handle the youth and academy side of things.

The new entity will comprise 350 players led by over 60 coaches and will be the future of player football development in Carnoustie.

Secretary for Carnoustie Panmure Youth Phil Hope supports the move which he hopes will benefit the clubs involved.

He said: “The clubs believe this will allow them to build on their work on player development and provide the platform for improving their facilities. We have given it a structure and everything and now we’ve just got the formalities to go through.

“We’re going to work together and next month become a charity that will help us with funding to improve facilities.”

Andy Finlay, secretary of Carnoustie Panmure, added: “It’s an exciting time for football clubs in the area. We’ve got to work together to get the best out of every player. It’s an exciting time because at the moment we have got one under-19 player with dual registration with the juniors and if we could have more of that in the future that would be unbelievable.”

At their annual general meeting on December 9 it is hoped that the new umbrella club will be ratified and it will become a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation.

One of the things identified for urgent fund-raising is the artificial training surface. Phil continued: “We still need to upgrade the Astroturf which is in a very poor condition.

“It is no longer classed as all weather so Carnoustie is now without an all weather pitch. We’ve got teams travelling through to Broughty Ferry and even Dundee for training.”