On Friday 22 February, Society Directors John Keith, Jacqui Robertson and Grant Cook took a trip to Station Park, Forfar to take part in the official handover of two new sets of strips to Dundee Primary Schools Football team. In partnership with ArabTrust, Dundee FC Supporters’ Society were happy to help fund the cost of strips for the Schools select team.
With the select side taking on Angus on the Station Park pitch, John Keith explained why the Society helps fund strips for the teams. ‘ The Society and ArabTrust came together to help fund these strips after Gerry Dignan came to us asking for help. It is important for football in Dundee to have our select side represented on the national stage, and its important for the players that they look good.’
‘Ourselves and ArabTrust sponsor the shirts, as well as contributing to the schools League set up, and we feel this is something a community club should be doing, encouraging young players to get involved in organised football.’The Society caught up with four of the players to see how they felt about a sponsorship deal that sees their shirts with the logo of both fans trust on them. Craig Heggie from Clepington Primary, Finlay Robertson from Hillside Primary, Liam Philips from Craigowl Primary and Declan Storrier from Lochee Primary got a taste of life as a professional player, as they faced the press (or Society Directors) to talk about the new strips.
The four young representatives from the select side were certainly pleased with the new strips, and felt that the more professional look to the side can only help with team spirit, as they head to a big tournament in Aberdeen next month. While the games on Friday were only a friendly, the boys were all of the opinion that the new look would help.
The boys were also very appreciative of the help recieved from both fans Trusts, saying they thought it was great that both local clubs were prepared to help out and supply strips for the select team.
The games between the two select sides were very entertaining, with some of the skills on show well worth the trip to Forfar to see the games. Society Director Grant Cook was impressed with what he saw. ‘Both the Angus and Dundee teams put on a great show tomight, the football was played in a great spirit, and there was some fantastic football being played. For the two trusts to come together to sponsor these kits means the city of Dundee can be proud of not only the football the Select team plays, but the way they look as well.’
Dundee FC Supporters’ society are delighted to join forces with our neighbours to sponsor the strips, and to be involved in nurturing young football players in Dundee, who knows, we may see some of these players in Dark Blue in the coming years.