On behalf of Club Executive Board I am delighted to announce the arrival of a new member. Grant Morrice joins the Board with immediate effect as Community Engagement Director and, as the title suggests, will take the lead on all of the Club’s community engagement, including line management of Hamish Cholerton, Community Engagement Manager.
Grant will be known to many within the Stirling Albion family, having been involved with the SA Junior Academy as a coach for a number of years and recently having taken on the role as Chairperson. Whilst these dual roles will certainly keep him busy, we see this as perfect fit for further enhancing the already well established relationship between the Club and the Academy which was driven by Grant’s predecessor in the SAJA Chair, Nicola Howieson.
Grant will ‘hit the ground running’ having already met with Hamish on a couple of occasions to get an understanding of the current community programmes and to start formulating his action plan for the future.
In common with all of the Club Board, Grant is keen to make himself available to supporters and the community at large and he can be contacted via the usual Club channels.
The following is Grant’s personal statement which provides an insight into his background and early thoughts on taking his role forward…
“I am passionate about football, and like any other fan, I want the best for the club. In my younger days, I was a part time professional football player, however, through work and loss of fitness I dropped down to play Junior level. Consequently, I have always had a feeling that my football days lacked fulfilment, which is why I want to step forward and help the Club prosper and move forward both on and off the pitch.
“My core focus will be on Community Engagement, building the reputation of Stirling Albion within the near and far community. As Chairman of the Junior Academy I will also continue to work on bringing these two parts of the Stirling Albion family closer together, including a concentrated drive to encourage more of the JA Teams to get along to Forthbank to support the first team.
“I have already started work on producing a detailed plan that will ensure that no one is missed out and will assist visibility of and engagement with the work that Stirling Albion currently do for our community.
“In preparation for assuming my role I have already held a couple of planning meetings with Hamish Cholerton, as well as engaging with other clubs to see what they offer in their community engagement programmes. This has helped me begin to understand what works (and what doesn’t!) and to see where we can improve on the already well-established programme of events in place.
“I am keen to hear from anyone with thoughts, ideas or questions in relation to our community engagement; please get in touch.”
On behalf of the Club Board, I extend a warm welcome to Grant and we look forward to working with him in growing and further improving our involvement across the Stirling and surrounding community.