Friday, 28 May 2010
South Ayrshire Council marks centenary of Ayr United Football Club
South Ayrshire Provost Winifred Sloan has marked the 100th anniversary of Ayr United Football Club with a Civic Reception at County Hall in Ayr.
[Provost Sloan is pictured with Ayr United Board members at the “Ally MacLeod” top table during the civic reception marking the 100th birthday of the Club. CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO VIEW / DOWNLOAD FULL-SIZE VERSION.]
Board members, officials, players from past and present, staff and distinguished guests gathered to celebrate the club’s illustrious history, reminisce and share stories of games gone by, during the celebration dinner.
During the evening Provost Sloan said: “It’s entirely fitting a club with such a fine historical pedigree should be honoured here tonight.
“Ayr United has gone through various mergers and transformations in its proud history in reaching this milestone birthday and enjoys a history that actually goes back well beyond 100 years to when three teams from Ayr played football.
“The club is still the only side in the Scottish League to be formed from a merger of two former league sides, Ayr Football Club and Ayr Parkhouse and we have all been enthralled by the ups and downs at Somerset Park over the years.”
Provost Sloan marked the occasion by presenting Club Chairman, Lachlan Cameron with an engraved crystal rosebowl saying: “I’d like to congratulate the Ayr United fans, staff, players and all those who work behind the scenes for their dedication, commitment and passion helping Ayr United reach this milestone.
“I’d also like to thank the club for the invaluable work they undertake with young people in the community and for the partnership arrangements they have with the Council to drive youth initiatives forward.”
Working in partnership with South Ayrshire Council, over 213,000 children have taken part in the Ayr United Football Academy Community Programme and the night leagues routinely attract 250 players per session.
Volunteer coaching programmes have seen 42 local people qualify to teach football and 12 new Primary 6 and 7 school teams involving 330 pupils have been formed.
The club also provides ongoing support and training to help dozens of young people develop their physical, mental and spiritual capacities, to build skills towards paid employment and foster an attitude and environment which helps them become responsible citizens.
Provost Sloan concluded: “With such a dynamic and inclusive approach to the community at grass roots level, I am absolutely confident Ayr United Football will go from strength to strength.”
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