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Exciting times for Glentanar

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Glentanar Community Football Club hosted an open night on the Tuesday night with the objective to promote the club and what they do there.

The night started off with the club welcoming all of its guests before club secretary David Adams showed everyone a tour of Woodside Sports Complex and the facilities on offer at the club. Lindsay Bartlett then showed the guests a PowerPoint presentation of the amount of work that has gone on in the past 13 years.

The club ethos is participation, and not winning, and Glens have had a bit of success in the past. However, the number one priority at the football club is participation.

Their club history is as follows:

- In 2003 they took over from King Street Sports Club

- In 2004 they relocated to Woodside Sports Complex

- In 2007 they formalised the club structure

- 2009 Glentanar gained the SFA Quality Mark before gaining the Development award two years later

- In 2012 they were renamed as Glentanar Community Football Club with a girls section at the club

- 2015 they attained the UEFA Equality Award

The 2015/16 season has been the best season yet for all involved at Glentanar Community Football Club. The under 19's are currently first in the A league, they don’t have an under 17's, the under 16's are third and can finish second with a win over Middlefield Wasps. The under 15's won the B league Section Two, the under 14's are third and the under 13's finished eighth.

Glentanar have aims for the future and they are as follows: Improve facilities at Woodside Sports Complex so they can become a disabled club with disabled friendly facilities, continue work with AFC Community Trust, strengthen links with St Machar Academy and Sports Aberdeen, improving facilities such as the car park, lighting and access, potential coffee shop environment (at the moment there is only a bar in the lounge) changing rooms, showers, toilets and an all-weather surface.

There are four success stories, which include Fraser Fyvie, who is a midfielder at Hibernian FC, Declan Milne. a striker at Montrose FC, and Paul Orr and Craig Simpson who have picked up 10 year loyalty awards with Glentanar and have now been signed up to Glentanar Juniors.

Alan Bloice, who is the chairman at Glentanar Community Football Club, said “Glentanar as a community try and include players from all age groups, all backgrounds, all races. We don’t discriminate and we are looking to include these kids and give them a football pathway from grassroots football all the way up to under 19's and beyond and we have a few success stories of that.

“Paul Orr and Craig Simpson have gone through the whole pathway that we talk about and they are now playing junior football and that’s what we want to see as the kids progress.

“One of our single biggest costs at the football club is lets for winter training and an all-weather surface could cut our costs and potentially fix our fees so we are able to maintain a low level of fees for the parents for their children. It’s exciting times to be part of Glentanar and these are all exciting plans and hopefully we can go from strength to strength.

“We want to almost shout from the rooftops and promote Glentanar and we work very closely with the community and also our sporting partners, such as Aberdeen Community Trust and Aberdeen Football Club, and obviously we are bringing in the girls section as well so we need to start promoting what we do and hopefully, in the future, people will recognise that Glentanar is a community club and we are all about inclusion and a footballing pathway for these individuals.

“Participation is the number one priority, we want to ensure that the kids first and foremost enjoy their football. It’s not a win at all costs club, primarily we want the kids to enjoy themselves and to be included, and participate, and the winning will come with hard work and effort and a good attitude.”

David Reid | YFS North Region Journalist
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