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By Gordon Thomson
Fri, 14th Apr 2006 12:00am

John Woods, Clyde Supporters Trust's Head of Community reflected with the website after Clyde FC's first week of delivering community soccer for local schoolchildren. "It was really pleasing to see the community programme get underway again. The whole scheme will be run by the Supporters Trust in collaboration with the Club."

John (pictured left) continued, "At Clyde FC School of Football, we aim to offer the best facilities available in a fun and safe environment for every child. Coaches are qualified to a high level, all with enhanced disclosure and will develop the children to help them achieve their potential as they learn the skills of this wonderful game of football. But most of all they will have fun along the way!"

"We initially propose to run classes for children born in the following years: 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995 & 1994, then we will look to widen this to all age groups from U-5s through to U-16s as soon as possible."

"To help offset the costs of the programme, we will require a monthly contribution from the parent/guardian of each child. However we feel it is essential to run this on a break even basis in order to keep costs down for families therefore the cost at present is set at £20 per month."

The Clyde FC School of Football will provide a formal structure and clear links between community activities and the football operation of the Club. This is a key component of the stringent SFA Licensing requirements a development that is the major driver for change in the running of football clubs today.

The Supporters Trust has been an integral part of the School's formation. John Woods along with Rosemary Brooking will represent the Trust on the Football Club board and on behalf of the Trust will head up the administrative duties for the school to ensure its smooth running. Peter Smith will be the Head Coach and he previously worked with Alan Upton in Clyde's Youth Development scheme will be in charge of football matters.

John added, "We hope to meet any additional costs through grants and sponsorship and local businesses are keen to work directly with the senior club in their area."

"It has been a busy time but ultimately worthwhile as we have once again demonstrated how the Supporters Trust and Football Board can work together in achieving the important steps in the rebuilding of Clyde Football Club."

John concluded, "More importantly however, we are demonstrating to the families around Broadwood our commitment as a club: to the area and its' children. It is a responsibility we take extremely seriously. With the club back on more solid foundations, community development is a priority for us, for as our relationship with local families, organisations and businesses grow that can only be good in the long term for Clyde."

For further information John Woods can be contacted on 07753 623521.