New chief has big plans

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Drivetime Extra -

Chief ex­ec­u­tive David Dou­glas has high hopes for se­cur­ing Al­bion Rovers place at the heart of the com­mu­nity af­ter a suc­cess­ful round of sum­mer camps.

Young­sters took to the pitch at Clifton­hill last week with boss Brian Kerr and player/coach Sean Hig­gins lead­ing train­ing.

The in­com­ing chief hopes to take these camps on the road and into schools through­out North La­nark­shire in the next year.

The Coat­bridge lo­cal man and for­mer Clyde exec wants to in­tro­duce the likes of walk­ing foot­ball teams for the el­derly and to in­crease work with so­cial work and care ser­vices.

“The sum­mer camps are part of a vision we have for the club,” he said.“We want this to be a club that mat­ters to the com­mu­nity in Coat­bridge.

“We hope by con­nect­ing with dif­fer­ent groups, whether it’s work­ing with dis­ad­van­taged kids or work­ing with health ser­vices, or part of a schools pro­gramme, we want to build up the cred­i­bil­ity and the iden­tity of Al­bion Rovers.

“We be­lieve that if we can get peo­ple in­volved in the­ses groups we will see peo­ple re­turn as fans.

“My ex­pe­ri­ence with Clyde is what I am try­ing to repli­cate here. I want to make the club more than a foot­ball club.”

He con­tin­ued:“There is huge po­ten­tial. We are a club that a lot of peo­ple have gen­uine good­will and fond­ness for.

“We need to be­come a smarter club, be­come more rel­e­vant and make things hap­pen for busi­nesses and the town of Coat­bridge.

“We have a bright, en­er­getic young man­ager with huge ideas about the type of foot­ball he wants to play.

“Peo­ple don’t want to lis­ten to a guy with a shirt and tie who tells them how to change their life - but a foot­baller can make a real pos­i­tive im­pact.”

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