Berwick Rangers and Juniors team up in partnership

Berwick Rangers Football Club and Berwick Juniors are proud to announce an agreement which will see both work to reconnect on the growth and improvement of both the club and the junior set-up.

Thursday, 4th June 2020, 12:10 pm
Liam Craig

One of the very early objectives of the new board arriving in January was to reconnect with the juniors.

All hoped to work out a way to deliver on promises which could and would be kept, in return for the juniors officially becoming part of the club’s pathway and future plans.

Following a number of meetings since January between directors of the club and the juniors committee, the venture is being launched today (Thursday).

The partnership will see a number of benefits committed and delivered, not least the use of the facilities at Shielfield Park, including meeting and recreational space for fundraising, as well as agreed access to pitches at Shielfield, Old Shielfield and Ivinson.

The facilities arrangement will complement the agreement with Berwick Cricket Club for its development teams.

One of the major additions to the partnership will be the launch of a new coach in-service programme, which was specifically requested by the juniors committee.

This will initially launch on Wednesday, June 10, when former junior and now St Johnstone player Liam Craig has a Zoom meeting with all coaches on his career and move into coaching.

Liam has also offered to facilitate further professional player guests as the monthly programme grows.

Helping the juniors to continue to grow, professionalising even further how they run, and providing support in their marketing, communication and grant funding are all part of the deal.

As part of the arrangement, the juniors will formally adopt the Berwick Rangers Football Club badge and continue in their black and gold kits.

The formal use of Berwick Rangers Juniors will also start to roll out across all social media and marketing.

Vice-chairman Craig Forsyth said: “We feel the club, with the expertise we have, can help deliver objectives of the juniors committee in a more proactive way.

“It makes absolute sense for a club that does so much in the town and surrounding areas for young footballers that play in the black and gold to be officially part of our pathway.

“We are delighted, as a board, that we could deliver this and we thank the committee for trusting us.

“With regard to the new partnership between Berwick Rangers FC and Berwick Rangers Juniors, we have always had an informal relationship.

“In the past, we have had discussions many times about having closer ties to benefit the youngsters of the town.

“With the clubs’ new vision and increased community drive, it is the perfect time for our two organisations to connect.”

Steven Ingram, chairman of Berwick Juniors, said: “This is not just a good opportunity for the juniors but also a big opportunity for Berwick Rangers to play an important role in the community.

“From the juniors’ perspective, this reorganisation should lead to and produce a clearer pathway for young players to see the link and progression which can be made through hard work, dedication and loyalty to the first team at Berwick Rangers and beyond.

“This will also open up further coach education opportunities which can only benefit our youngsters as they look to progress in the game.

“Exciting times ahead for all and we look forward to seeing this partnership flourish and see youngsters becoming enthused with the black and gold and the club becoming a hub of the community.”