Community Activity versus Annan and Stirling Albion FC get into the local schools
Riverside FC 2004s and 2005s will be visiting Forthbank on Saturday to take part in half-time activities. Stirling Albion Community Engagement Manager Andy Todd was involved as a volunteer at Riverside FC and is delighted that they are coming down on Saturday.
He said: “Riverside gave me the opportunity to volunteer with them and gain a lot of experience as a younger coach. It is fantastic that they are sending two of their age groups on Saturday and we can add them to the growing list of teams, including the Stirling Albion Junior Academy, Milton and the Stirling City All Stars, who have taken to the pitch during pre-match and half-time.”
Andy and Sandy Cunningham, who has just started his modern apprenticeship at the club, have also been in the primary schools for the first time this week. The Tesco Bank programme has kicked off in the Stirling area with Stirling Albion going into some of the primary schools in the Wallace cluster, while Active Stirling will be in the Stirling and Bannockburn clusters.
Andy added: “The programme is a Scottish FA national programme, funded by Tesco Bank, and it has been running over the last few years in the Stirling area. I was heavily involved in my time with Active Stirling as the programme is delivered over a six-week block to a number of schools and ends with festivals that the schools are invited to.
“This coaching then links to the McDonald’s programme, which is six weeks after-school coaching at a local club, so these programmes create important school-to-club links to develop new age groups at our local community clubs. Active Stirling are usually able to go into two clusters and target two community clubs per year but it is fantastic that the Stirling Albion FC can now be a part of this and expand the provision for Stirling.”