U17s Preview: St Duthus v Alness

Game: St Duthus FC U17 v Alness United FC U17 (Ross-shire Youth League)
Friday, April 20th, 2018
The Links Playing Fields, Tain
Michael Stainke

TOMORROW evening, the newly formed St Duthus U17s will play their first fixture as members of the Ross-shire Youth League, as they welcome Alness United to the Links for a 6.45pm kick off.

The team have been training alongside coaches Steve Spence, Davie Borland, Gavin MacDonald and Mark Stainke since early March and are now putting in the final preparations for their debut match on Friday night. 

Steve Spence, who is also the club's appointed Child Wellbeing & Protection Officer sees the summer season as the ideal preparation for the club's aim of playing in the Highland Youth League.

This exciting new youth football venture provides a great opportunity for the wealth of young talented footballers in Tain and the surrounding area to play competitive football at a high standard.

Competing in the Ross-shire Youth League throughout the summer is the first step prior to hopefully being accepted as guests in the Highland Youth League for 2018-19. It is our aim to compete with a number of well established clubs all over the Highlands when the season commences in August.

Saints chairperson Niall Harkiss said;

We can be proud of our off-the-field achievements in working together towards one common goal - that is to work hard within our community to promote football and to bring about new opportunities for people of all ages to learn and play the game. It has been our aim since the beginning of the club’s revival to encourage youth football as much as possible and in doing so, we find ourselves on the eve of the Under 17s’ debut in the Ross-shire Youth League. We should all take great pride in having the opportunity to support the squad who will represent the Saints tomorrow night in their first game.

We would not have been able to undertake this new initiative in the fashion we have were it not for the guidance and support of Tain Juniors Football Club, who have not only afforded us their knowledge and experience in the world of youth football, but have also committed their time and resources to ensuring that the project was given its best possible start.

The club also wishes to show its gratitude and appreciation to Global Project Services who have very kindly sponsored the Under 17s for their maiden season. A brand new set of Nike home strips (pictured) shall be worn for the game and for the season ahead and these were able to be purchased thanks to the generosity of GPS. I am sure it will be worn with pride.

Friday night's opponents Alness United will provide a more than capable test for the newly assembled squad. We wish their team and their traveling guests a warm welcome to Tain for the game.

For all who attend, teas and coffees will be on sale, along with our half-time raffle, from our Tea Hut. On behalf of everyone on the St Duthus committee, we hope that you enjoy the game and more importantly, that we can count on you to cheer the team on and give them a good backing.

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