Clubs Complete Preparations For Summer League

Doune Castle Official Ian Sommerville has expressed his opinion on not only how his club, but others involved in the forthcoming Stirling Summer League will be feeling, writes Tom Scott.

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The initial 4- Match Day fixtures have been released. He said “All the teams have now completed their mini pre-season preparations, and are looking forward both to taking part and renewing old acquaintances.”

“For most of the sides, this will be their first taste of competitive action in almost one full calendar year.”

“Taking part will stand all the participants well as they look forward to the real business of the 2021-2022 Season.”

“Dunblane Soccer Club won’t take part in the tournament’s first match day this Saturday, 12th June. Dunblane have reached the Semi- Final of the Caledonian League William Turner Challenge Cup, and will play Dumbarton Academy FP away.”

“The Stirling teams wish them well on their quest to reach the Final.”

“I’ll send the results to you after each round of results.”

Once again, on behalf of Scottish Amateur News, I thank Ian for his help and time giving us the information.

You Have A New Match-Day Sponsor: Who Are They? (Doune Castle AFC)

Official Ian Sommerville has given Scottish Amateur Football News exclusive access to the latest Match-Day Sponsor at Doune Castle AFC, writes Tom Scott.

Doune Castle Announce New Sponsor

Doune Castle is delighted to welcome Ronald G Graham, Roofing and Building Ltd, as their latest match-day sponsor. The Edinburgh-based firm will have their logo featured on both the squad’s match-day tracksuits and on the team’s alternative (away) kit.

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Ronald G Graham is a family-run business offering comprehensive roofing and building services. Based in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and London, the company was a finalist in the 2020 NFRC UK Roofing Awards. The workforce always strives to deliver their service pledge of ‘Quality in everything we do.’

Anyone looking for expert advice and sales advice can contact the company as follows:
20 Gordon Street, Edinburgh EH6 8NA (0131-555-5121 OR 0800-234-3245)
Email: hello@ronaldgrahamgroup.co.uk
Website: http://ronaldgrahamroofing.com

Doune Secretary, Willie Docherty, commented:

“We are delighted to welcome Ronald G Graham as our latest match-day sponsor. Their generous support will help ensure our players and backroom staff are kitted out smartly, and distinctively, in the season ahead.”

“The club is lucky to have several loyal sponsors, and like Ronald G Graham, each one has a reputation for excellence in their chosen field.”

“I think folks would genuinely be surprised by just how much it takes to keep any amateur club running these days. Everyone associated with The Castle really appreciates the help we receive from all our sponsors and supporters. And, as always, we’d be delighted to hear from any individual or company interested in offering further help.”

Many thanks again to Ian, and also Doune Secretary Willie Docherty for their help.

Stirling Summer League: Attracts Amateur Attention

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!’

Doune Castle Make Sponsorship Announcement

Official Ian Sommerville has revealed exclusively to Scottish Amateur Football News the latest big Sponsorship Announcement at Doune Castle AFC, writes Tom Scott.

Doune Castle is delighted to welcome Ronald G Graham, Roofing and Building Ltd, as their latest match-day sponsor. The Edinburgh-based firm will have their logo featured on both the squad’s match-day tracksuits and on the team’s alternative (away) kit.

Ronald G Graham is a family-run business offering comprehensive roofing and building services. Based in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and London, the company was a finalist in the 2020 NFRC UK Roofing Awards. The workforce always strives to deliver their service pledge of ‘Quality in everything we do.’

Anyone looking for expert advice and sales advice can contact the company as follows:
20 Gordon Street, Edinburgh EH6 8NA (0131-555-5121 OR 0800-234-3245)
Email: hello@ronaldgrahamgroup.co.uk
Website: http://ronaldgrahamroofing.com

Doune Secretary, Willie Docherty, commented:

‘We are delighted to welcome Ronald G Graham as our latest match-day sponsor. Their generous support will help ensure our players and backroom staff are kitted out smartly, and distinctively, in the season ahead.

The club is lucky to have several loyal sponsors, and like Ronald G Graham, each one has a reputation for excellence in their chosen field.

I think folks would genuinely be surprised by just how much it takes to keep any amateur club running these days. Everyone associated with The Castle really appreciates the help we receive from all our sponsors and supporters. And, as always, we’d be delighted to hear from any individual or company interested in offering further help.’

Doune Castle Thank Sponsors

Club Official Ian Sommerville has made contact with myself to highlight the huge support sponsors provide to Doune Castle, writes Tom Scott.

Like so many amateur clubs across the length and breadth of the country, Doune Castle recently returned to contact-training. All of last year’s squad have re-signed for next season.

Behind the scenes, the Doune Committee has been overwhelmed by the continued support from their existing sponsors. All of them have committed to back the team in the season ahead, despite the challenging business climate created by the pandemic.

Key Facilities Management, based only yards from the team’s Moray Park home, will continue as the club’s Main Sponsor. The Key FM logo will feature on the team’s striking tangerine Home kit.

Emma Drewery Optometrist of Bridge of Allan and Norman Salmoni Opticians of Perth will continue to back the club.

The Castle is also indebted to local building company, Panoply Timber Frame, who have generously carried out upgrade work on the Moray Park Pavilion during the long break from playing.

When Scottish Government restrictions permit, the Castle squad look forward again to enjoying the fare offered by hospitality sponsor, The Red Lion Inn.

On behalf of everyone at Doune Castle, Willie Docherty commented:

‘We are so grateful all our sponsors have committed to continuing their support of the club in the season ahead. Their generosity will undoubtedly help us meet a number of our key running costs. Without that support it would be impossible to keep the club going.’

Willie revealed Doune hope to announce a new sponsor very shortly. He also encouraged any business interested in offering further help to get in touch.

Many thanks to Ian for supplying the information and also all the logos.

New Manager And Coaching Staff Confirmed At Doune Castle

Doune Castle Official Ian Somerville has been in contact with me to give details of the Club’s new Manager and his Coaching team, writes Tom Scott.

He said: “George Ward has now confirmed his coaching team of Kenny Ferguson, Sam McCue and Bob Angus, all of whom have worked with him in the past.”

“The New Management Team has overseen our return to training as we prepare for the Stirling Invitational Summer League being organised by our fellow Caledonian side and near neighbours, Cambusbarron Rovers.”

“After such a long lay-off, and with the club badly affected by the Government travel restrictions, the Club opted to use this tournament as our main preparation for the new season in August.”

Prior to the resumption of training at the end of the 2021 Covid Lockdown Period, Craig Tully stood down as the Doune Castle Manager, along with his assistant, Crawford Bell. Everyone associated with The Castle thank Craig and Crawford for their outstanding contribution to the Club during their two-year stint leading the side.

The Castle has been delighted to secure the services of George Ward to succeed Craig. Well-known to everyone inside the Club, George has extensive experience of the Amateur game, having previously been in charge of Callander Thistle and, most recently, Steins Thistle.

Joining George at the Castle helm in 2021-2022 will be his tried and tested coaching team: Kenny Ferguson, Sam McCue and Bob Angus. All 4 have already impressed as they have overseen the resumption of training since early May.

George commented: ‘Living locally, I’m well aware of the tradition and success this great club has enjoyed over so many years. All of the coaching team are equally excited to be part of this club and look forward to doing everything we can to bring further success to Moray Park.

The welcome we have received has been wonderful. The attitude of all of the players has been exceptional. We look forward to what lies ahead, fired by a determination to add to Doune’s illustrious history.’

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Many thanks to Mr Sommerville for all the information plus the photographs which he kindly sent to myself.