The prospect of involving local Clubs in a Stirling Summer League – organised by hosts Cambusbarron Rovers – has certainly created plenty of attention, writes Tom Scott.
Doune Castle Official Mr Ian Sommerville has kindly given me his exclusive outlook and views on what lies ahead from Saturday, June 12.
Stirling Summer League
8 teams from the Stirling area will prepare for the 2021-2022 Season by taking part in a Summer League organised by Cambusbarron Rovers.
Scottish Government travel restrictions even delayed the return to non-contact training for a number of sides in the District. Although the green light for contact training to resume came on the 17th May, for several Stirling sides, taking part in this tournament was a more attractive proposition than an immediate return to competitive matches.
Importantly, therefore, the Summer League offers all the participants a structured, gradual pre-season introduction for what everyone dearly hopes will be a return to competitive normality in August.
4 teams from each of the Caledonian League and the Stirling and District AFA will play each other on a Home and Away basis throughout June and July. Caledonian sides Cambusbarron Rovers, Doune Castle, Dunblane Soccer Club and Milton will be joined by Beechwood Albion, Braehead, Dunipace and Riverside from the Stirling & District.
Cambusbarron Rovers have kindly provided an attractive silver cup to be awarded to the League winner at the end of the 14-game schedule.
The games will be played on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout June and July, beginning on Saturday 12 June and concluding on 28 July.
The 8 sides have already held a couple of Zoom meetings to confirm overall arrangements.
Doune Castle’s Ian Sommerville commented:
‘All 8 sides are really looking forward to taking part in the Summer League. We’re all indebted to Gary Grahamslaw of Cambusbarron Rovers for over-seeing the competition and putting forward a trophy for the eventual winner.
There’s already been a strong partnership vibe coming through during our online meetings. Everyone’s adopting a flexible approach that has already seen agreement to re-schedule some games. In particular, we want to make no-one misses any of the Scotland games during the forthcoming Euros!’