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Arbroath High School FPs Join Arbroath Player Pathway

9th July 2021



Arbroath High School FPs Join Arbroath Player Pathway

Arbroath FC Community Trust is proud to announce that the amateur club Arbroath High School FPs AFC have joined the newly formed Arbroath Player Pathway.

The Arbroath Player Pathway is a partnership between clubs and the Arbroath FC Community Trust designed to help football in Arbroath become more sustainable and to provide opportunities for all players who wish to play the game.

Arbroath Football Club Community Trust was founded on 13th November 2020 and is now a central pillar of the Arbroath community. The Community Football Academy membership numbers have exceeded all expectations, with 511 members signed up as of today. The Academy delivers 36 hours’ worth of classes per week with many of the members attending 2 or more classes per week, giving the Academy participation levels of well over 1, 000 hours per week.

Alongside the provision for local sport, a lot of work has been underway in the background to engage local clubs to explore opportunities for collaboration, shared services, and even co-location. The feedback from these club engagements has been key to designing the Arbroath Player Pathway.

When a player either expresses an interest in football or is at an age where they must move on to another club, it is sometimes unclear where they should go or what they need to do to make them the best player they can be. The Arbroath Player Pathway will bring clarity to these situations, with the Arbroath FC Community Trust putting in place the governance, the assistance, and the funding to ensure that football, and all Pathway member clubs, thrive so that players can go from the very bottom of the pathway and still be playing when they get to the very top.

Football Development Officer Kevin Middleton said “Having clubs and the football community work together for the benefit of football in Arbroath directly helps the players who want to play the game at different levels. We are absolutely delighted to have Arbroath High School FPs AFC on board to compliment the amateur level of the pathway.”

Darren Wilson from Arbroath High School FPs said “Myself and everyone at the FPS are delighted to be on board with the community trust. With a decline in football within Arbroath over the years, especially in adult football, we are delighted to be given the opportunity to be part of the trust and offer the platform for younger players to transition from youth into adult football and too hopefully develop and progress individuals to play at the highest level possible. We feel that in recent times young players have had to go out with Arbroath to play football and other Angus clubs have benefitted from the talent we have in our town. We can’t wait to get started and be part of the player pathway the trust is putting in place.”

Charity Chair, Shelley Hague said that “a lot of work is underway to provide support and consistency to local people in Arbroath. The developments on the Football Pathway aims to create a sustainable model supporting local players clubs and coaches”.

In the coming months the work will continue to bring more local clubs on board to support the future development of Football in Arbroath. We will then release the full Arbroath Player Pathway diagram featuring all member clubs.

For more information contact ArbroathFCCT@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ArbroathFCTrust

Arbroath FC Community Trust is a Scottish based charity No. SC050531


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