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Formartine United Youth Academy has ambitious plans moving forward to become one of the best youth academies in the area.

Campbell Morrison has just been appointed as the chairman of the youth academy with the Pitmedden, Robin Provan took over as Vice-Chairman) and they are determined to make Formartine United the biggest and best Youth Academy in the North East, second only to Aberdeen. 

The club are implementing small changes that will make a big impact on the development of their players. Formartine United feel that the club has a lot to offer as they say that who knows, Formartine could be playing in the Scottish League in the next 5-10 years with the pyramid system that is now in place for both the Highland and Lowland League.  

The management team at Formartine United, who participate in the Highland League, Paul Lawson and Russell Anderson, are very keen on helping the club develop the Youth Academy and are wanting to get involved and help as much as they can, and with their experience in the professional game it can only be a great thing for the club.

Morrison and Provan say have already seen a positive impact on the YA since they have taken the reins, with more people showing interest and support.

United are currently in the process of recruiting new coaches from students to experienced coaches and Formartine will aim to get them through their badges and educate them the best they can.  To help Formartine in their plans, the club have recruited two development officers, Gary Shaw (a professional coach from Canada) and Gary Mann (ex Aberdeen youth coach) who will work with the new coaches and younger teams to development the core skills needed which is basically giving the kids and coaches the best start possible in there football journey. They will also be educating the parents on the difference between winning and player development

Formartine United’s 2009 team which is led by chairman Campbell Morrison are going on tour to Manchester at the end of the month. The club are lucky enough to get a tour round the Aon Training complex, watch the Manchester United vs Swansea game and also play two local teams, United held a sportsman’s dinner recently and Formartine raised over £5000 to aid the trip which is fantastic.

The club has a range of non-competitive and competitive teams with the Under 13s, 14s and 15s all involved in their respective A Leagues whilst the Under 17s are in the B league. The club currently doesn’t have an Under 16s. The Under 14s reached the last 32 of the Scottish Cup which was the furthest a Formartine team have reached in the Scottish Cup before crashing out 3-1 to Bellshill Boys Club.

Formartine United have a lot more planned and it’s going to be a busy time for all involved at the Pitmedden club however they are looking to reach all their targets.

David Reid | YFS North Region Journalist
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