Diamond Life kids graduate!

8th March 2016

Airdrieonians FC’s first Diamond Life primary schools coaching programme reached Graduation Day on Monday as 200 local kids descended on the Excelsior Stadium for a fun Football Festival.

Run in conjunction with North Lanarkshire Leisure’s Active Schools programme and backed by the Scottish Football Partnership, Diamond Life has proved to be a massive success in putting our Club back at the heart of the community.

Over the last six weeks first team stars Hugo Faria and Jacob Esposito, Under-20s winger Murray Loudon and community coach Rob Taylor have visited 20 local primary schools giving weekly training sessions.

The Festival to culminate the programme was co-ordinated by Head Coach Eddie Wolecki Black and we knew that he wanted Monday’s celebration of football to go ahead.

Our players and staff were there to referee the games and encourage the children on a day full of smiles and North Lanarkshire Leisure Active Schools co-ordinator Emma Lafferty said: “It has been a terrific day and it sets the seal on a programme that has brought so much enjoyment to the children.

“We’d like to thank Airdrieonians FC and the players for all their help and enthusiasm, they have really thrown themselves into it.” 

Diamond Life is an integral part of our plans to restore this football club at the heart of the community it serves.

And Chief Executive Iain King said: “The backing of the Scottish Football Partnership and the support of North Lanarkshire Lanarkshire were pivotal in getting Diamond Life off the ground.

“Led by Eddie and brilliantly delivered by the coaches it has been a huge success and we are already laying plans for the next one.” 

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