Diamond Life primary schools kick off
25th January 2016
Airdrieonians FC’s commitment to linking up with their fans of the future continued this week with the launch of the Diamond Life Primary Schools coaching programme.
New signing Portuguese midfielder Hugo Faria - a UEFA B Licence coach - joined Under-20s winger Murray Loudon and community coach Rob Taylor in delivering coaching to a host of schools throughout the area.
On Monday they were are St Serfs’, New Monkland, Kirk O’ Shotts and Golfhill as Week One of the new initiative, launched in conjunction with the Scottish Football Partnership, North Lanarkshire’s Active Schools Programme and the Airdrieonians Supporters’ Trust, got underway.
Throughout the first block of fun football Head Coach Eddie Wolecki Black and Chief Executive Iain King will also be involved in coaching the kids at schools throughout the Airdrie area.
Putting in place a structure that sees the Club engage with the community the Diamonds serve was one of the stated aims when Tom Wotherspoon took over the Club in the summer.
And the Diamonds chairman said: “The guys worked extremely hard on securing the funding from the Scottish Football Partnership to help make Diamond Life happen and we are really thankful for their support.
“The programme started with St Margaret’s High School last year and that initiative was a huge success.
“Active Schools have been great in co-ordinating the programme for us and the Supporters’ Trust’s backing of all the coaches’ kit this season has been brilliant.
“Now the primary schools get their chance, I am determined that we play a big role in the community we serve and the Diamond Life coaching is a key part of that.
“I hope all the kids enjoy it and it’s great to see Hugo, Murray and Rob heading out across the Airdrie area to spread the word about the Diamonds.”