Dryburgh Athletic Community Club and Lochee United Junior Football Club create Dundee’s first youth to professional partnership
Dryburgh Athletic Community Club and Lochee United JFC have announced details of a new and unique partnership which allows for the complete 1-club progression from preschool football through to professional level in both the mens and womens game, the first such partnership in Dundee.
The partnership is not only hugely exciting for the clubs but is something that should be celebrated by the Lochee and Dryburgh communities, and wider Dundee region. The opportunities to better engage with the community and deliver real benefits to the area are great and many. The work to provide top quality training and playing facilities has already begun, with the partnership calling on the support of the local community.
Speaking of the new partnership, President of Lochee United JFC, Graeme Carling commented, “This is a fantastic development in the history of both Lochee United and Dryburgh Athletic, and a partnership I am delighted to get over the line. Both clubs are well supported by a very loyal group of sponsors, many of whom have been a part of these clubs for years. I am delighted to have committed the support of my group of businesses, including McGill, who will have already started making big changes around Thomson Park. I expect the local community and business network will really get behind this project, as it can make a real impact on many lives. These clubs have a rich history in our community, and they need our support to continue their growth and development.”
The initial goal is to develop the required infrastructure and facilities to provide a training and playing base which matches the size and ambitions of both clubs. The clubs will make quick progression with this project, as work has already been undertaken to allow the project to be fast tracked.
Graeme Carling added; “Not only is this partnership great for both clubs and the community, but local businesses should recognise this as an opportunity to show their commitment to local causes and position themselves in front of our growing audience.”
Iain Leith of Dryburgh Athletic Community Club stated, “Firstly I would like to thank those at both clubs who have developed the partnership to this point. Dryburgh Athletic CC are a club with a diverse membership of nearly 300, ranging from preschool boys and girls, through to adult womens and mens teams, and are delighted to be able to announce this partnership with Lochee United JFC. Whilst the development of football facilities is at the core of our shared vision, both clubs are keen to grow our partnership in the future and work with the local community for the betterment of the Lochee ward. We are excited to begin the hard work ahead and deliver the ambitious plans that our members deserve.”