Mighty Mo Donate Artificial Pitch to Local Youths
Bob McCombie, Chairman of Montrose Youth said, “We are extremely grateful for this very kind donation by Montrose FC and it will go a long way to improving the facilities we provide for our youngsters. We are a very active club and with 13 teams at ages from 8 to 17 years, including 3 girls teams, we are one of the biggest youth setups on the east coast of Scotland. The demand for floodlit winter training is therefore high and at present we only have a grass surface under the lights at Kenny Park, which can quickly become unplayable. Converting this to an all weather surface will make a huge difference to so many of our kids.
Derek Sim, Chairman of Montrose FC added, “We are delighted to see our old pitch go to such a worthy cause. We had been trying to sell it on, but it was proving both impractical and time consuming so instead we decided to make the offer to Montrose Youth. In the end it made sense that our turf should support the development of grass roots football in the town.
“We already have a good relationship with the club as not only do they use Links Park for some of their training and matches, they also provide us with Ball Boys and Girls for all our home games.
“I am sure our local residents will be delighted too, as the rolls of turf and bags of infill have become a bit of an eyesore in our car park since the pitch was lifted back in June.”
Our photo shows MFC Chairman Derek Sim (left) and MYFC Chairman Bob McCombie (right) with some of the kids getting a feel for their new training surface.
The Grass Really Is Greener For The Mighty Mo!
Montrose FC recently received a £40,000 grant from the Scottish Football Partnership towards the costs of their newly laid artificial surface.
With the previous pitch having come to the end of its natural life the League 2 side were faced with financing a new state of the art surface during the close season.
Club Chairman Derek Sim (pictured left) explained, "We are delighted to have secured this grant and very grateful that the Scottish Football Partnership are prepared to support our Club.
In handing over the cheque, Stuart McCaffrey, Chief Operating Officer said, "We are about supporting football at all levels in Scotland and we look to help professional clubs with projects that are linked to National Club Licensing.
"We were more than keen to support the project here at Links Park as not only does it help the first team but it also helps with the great work they do in the community.
"I hope the new surface serves the Club well and delivers huge benefits."
The new pitch, which in total cost the Club over £100,000 uses the latest technologies and was provided and laid by German sports company Polytan, one of the leading international suppliers of synthetic turf. The Ligaturf RS+ Coolplus 240 World Cup Edition surface has a 40mm pile with over 100,000 blades per square metre and the green infill is the same as that used in the Bern Stadium.
“The pitch really has given the club a new lease of life. It looks great, it plays great and we have started the season with three home wins. Attendances are up so our fans must be enjoying the new pitch too which is all helping to create a positive and buoyant atmosphere."