Three-club alliance planned

THREE local football clubs are planning to combine to create a stronger club.

Representatives from Carnoustie Panmure Junior FC, Carnoustie YM AFC and Carnoustie Panmure Youth FC have been meeting over the last few weeks and months and have agreed to come together to form Carnoustie Panmure FC.

Phil Hope, Carnoustie Panmure Youth FC representative, told the Guide & Gazette: “We believe that together we can be stronger in creating a full player pathway from six years old to adult football, improve coaching and improve our facilities.

“Our mission statement will be that, as a friendly and well organised club, Carnoustie Panmure FC will maintain a safe and effective environment that leads the way in encouraging and developing its players and coaches at all levels whilst providing a rewarding football experience for everyone and anyone involved with the club and wider community.

“It would also make it easier for us to achieve charity status, which could open the door for new avenues of funding.”

He continued: “We are looking for help with setting up the new club and we are looking for an accountant or, indeed, anyone else who could give us some of their time a month. Anyone interested is asked to contact me on 07510662616.

“Thanks to the hard work of everyone at the club we have now have over 200 registered players and 35 coaches. The total membership of the new combined club will be over 340 players, coaches and volunteers.”

For some time now it has been the intention for the football clubs to operate under the umbrella of Carnoustie Community Sports Club which was set up to get a facility built at Newton Farm. However, there have been difficulties in setting timescales, etc., and it was considered that in the meantime the three male football clubs unite and upgrade the facilities they already have.

Gordon Harris, the Carnoustie YM representative explained: “Carnoustie YM lease ‘The Rec’ at Carlogie Road; Carnoustie Panmure Junior FC lease Laing Park and Carnoustie Panmure Boys’ Club lease Pitskelly Park, all from Angus Council.

“Although nothing has been formalised yet, it is recognised that it would give us a better bargaining position if the council was dealing with one big club rather than three smaller ones.

“All three clubs think it is a good idea so there is a reasonable possibility that it will go ahead.”

He went on: “Kevin Lee, the SFA regional development manager, chaired a meeting in The Aboukir recently and the idea is being backed by the SFA and SportScotland.

“The next move will be to formalise the union and set up a board of trustees.”