GLASGOW RANGERS FOOTBALL CLUB
THE LAUNCH OF THE COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN GFR & GLASGOW RANGERS FOOTBALL CLUB
Press Information on behalf of Gala Fairydean Rovers FC
Thursday 17th December 2015
Gala Fairydean Rovers FC are delighted to be involved in a working relationship with Glasgow Rangers.
Paul Murray the Rangers Director was speaking in the Borders at the launch of a new community working partnership with the club.
The clubs will share coaching techniques and have a close working relationship.
The club are founder members of the Scottish Lowland League and have gained the SFA Entry-Level License. The club was established in June 2013 following a merger between the two biggest football clubs in the town; Gala Fairydean (Est 1907) and Gala Rovers (Est 1947).
Thanks to a substantial community engagement programme the club was voted Club of the Year in November 2015 at the ClubSport Ettrick and Lauderdale Awards.
Along with the Lowland League squad the club provides football training and competitive games for children and young people between the ages of 5 and 18. The club runs a number of teams in both the local Borders Youth and Junior Leagues and in the highly competitive Edinburgh Youth Leagues (ESSDA) against some of the best Youth Football clubs in Scotland. There exists a fully integrated player pathway with currently around 300 youngsters playing and training with our youth and junior sections. The club has produced players who are training at clubs such as Manchester United, Liverpool, Hearts, Hibs and Rangers. We have also produced a number of talented female players. Two girls from the Gala player pathway have gone onto to win the Scottish Cup with Hibs Ladies and one has gone onto represent Scotland at Youth International level.
Paul Murray the Rangers Director launched the scheme at The 3G Arena, Netherdael, home of Gala Fairydean Rovers FC
Kevin Temple, Chair Gala Fairydean Rovers FC;
“Gala Fairydean Rovers FC are delighted to have secured a working relationship with Glasgow Rangers. This relationship will be of a huge benefit to both the coaching staff and the young players here at Netherdale.
We here at Gala Fairydean Rovers have ambitions to constantly improve both on and off the football field and are convinced that this , along with the establishment of a full Junior and Youth player pathway allied to a number of other community initiatives allows us to grow and develop as a club.
Already our relationship with Rangers has seen a number of our officials and management team attend the Rangers Academy and meet with Craig Mullholland, the Rangers Academy Director. As a club we have been greatly impressed with the standards and ethos Craig promotes.