Links Park Community Trust

Links Park Community Trust was established in 2011 with one very simple goal; to utilise the power and widespread appeal of sport to inspire change.

Using the facilities provided by Links Park Stadium in Montrose, and alternative venues throughout Angus and the Mearns, LPCT are developing and delivering an extensive range of innovative sporting, healthy and educational programmes, each of which are designed to meet identified local need.

                

Summer Soccer Camps:

We are delighted to provide details of our upcoming SUMMER SOCCER programme for 5 to 15 year-olds!

Taking place at Links Park Stadium, the home of Montrose Football Club, we are offering a summer-long programme of FUN & AFFORDABLE developmental activities!

Participants can attend our daily sessions on a PAY AS YOU GO basis, or alternatively take advantage of our discounted FULL WEEK OFFERS by booking and paying in advance.

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Summer Signings

Links Park Community Trust wish to congratulate both WALLACE BAIRD and HARRY CRAIG who have signed for Dundee FC and Dundee United FC respectively.

Regular attenders at Links Park Community Trust, both then progressed onto Montrose Youth Football Club where they, for the past two years, have developed their game further under the stewardship of MYFC 2007's Manager Dave Grant and his team.

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Scottish Walking Football Championships:

Draw Announced...

Montrose Walking Football Club will travel to Glasgow Green Football Centre on Saturday 24th June to participate in the Scottish Walking Football Festival.

The current CHAMPIONSHIP HOLDERS are aiming to retain their title, which subsequently saw them going on to represent Scotland in the U.K. Home Nations Championships in Hartlepool, where they lost out in the Final to England to finish BRITISH RUNNERS UP!

The draw for the upcoming festival has just been made and Montrose have been placed in Group 8 alongside AM Soccer 1 (AM Soccer Club) Hearts 98 (Big Hearts Community Trust) & North Lanarkshire Leisure (NL Leisure).

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Lifelong Player Pathway:

At Links Park Community Trust, we pride ourselves in offering recreational, developmental and/or competitive football for ALL ages!

Our Male & Female Football Participation Pathway engages with Boys & Girls from the age of 18 months, up to and including Men & Women in their 70's.

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2009 Player & Volunteer Recruitment:

Our Community Football Section, Montrose Youth Football Club, are now recruiting for their 2009 playing squad.

INTRODUCTORY SESSION:
Friday 9th June
6.30pm to 7.30pm
Kenny Park, Broomfield, Montrose

Parents of interested players are invited to register their child for the above session by emailing our Club Development Officer via montroseyouthfc@linksparkct.org.uk

Whilst children participate in a fun, introductory session, parents will informed of the numerous voluntary positions that we require to fill, in order to be in a position to launch the team, and also the application process for such roles.

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2002 Player & Coach Recruitment:

We are currently recruiting for PLAYERS and ADULT VOLUNTEERS for our existing 2002 BOYS team.

PLAYERS: If you are born in 2002, and interested in joining our progressive club, which now has a pathway into adult football, with Montrose Amateur FC, please get in touch and we will inform you of upcoming training dates ahead of the new league season.

PARENTS: As a voluntary organisation, we rely on the support of adults who are able and willing to support us by assuming the role(s)* of Manager, Coach, First Aider and/or Fundraiser. If you are interested in taking on a role, please contact us at your earliest convenience.

*Full training is provided, and commencement is reliant on successful PVG Scheme membership.

To register your interest, or for more information, contact us via: 01674 677582 or montroseyouthfc@linksparkct.org.uk

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Pitch In

Links Park Community Trust, having been successful in a funding application to the Big Lottery Fund Scotland YoungStart programme, are delighted to provide details of a new volunteering initiative.

The 'Pitch-In' project aims to provide an opportunity for young adults (that are either not in employment, education and/or training, or still at school, but identified as 'at risk' of not moving onto a positive destination) to engage in our sport, education and/or health programmes, allowing them to undertake and benefit from meaningful roles within an inspiring employment setting.

We would also welcome volunteering enquiries/applications from anyone (not just those above) that feels they have the time, expertise and enthusiasm to support our work.

RECRUITMENT EVENING:

Thursday 1st June, 7pm
Links Park Stadium, Wellington Street, Montrose

So, whether you are interested in supporting us by way of FOOTBALL COACHING, MARKETING, FUNDRAISING, ADMINISTRATION, PHOTOGRAPHY, SPORTS REPORTING, or leading older adult activities such as our FOOTBALL MEMORIES & 'WALK & TALK' initiatives, amongst many other roles, register your attendance at the upcoming event by phoning 01674 677582 or emailing admin@linksparkct.org.uk

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2002 Player & Coach Recruitment:

We are currently recruiting for PLAYERS and ADULT VOLUNTEERS for our existing 2002 BOYS team.

PLAYERS: If you are born in 2002, and interested in joining our progressive club, which now has a pathway into adult football, with Montrose Amateur FC, please get in touch and we will inform you of upcoming training dates ahead of the new league season.

PARENTS: As a voluntary organisation, we rely on the support of adults who are able and willing to support us by assuming the role(s)* of Manager, Coach, First Aider and/or Fundraiser. If you are interested in taking on a role, please contact us at your earliest convenience.

*Full training is provided, and commencement is reliant on successful PVG Scheme membership.

To register your interest, or for more information, contact us via: 01674 677582 or montroseyouthfc@linksparkct.org.uk

Scotmid

Check out record-breaking long-distance cyclist Mark Beaumont revealing LPCT as one of three shortlisted organisations.

We are seeking financial support to develop and deliver an initiative which will aid those in recovery from addictions through a series of innovative, football-themed activity programmes.

https://www.facebook.com/ScotmidNorth/videos/1791834221128865/ 

Free Football At Links Park

Our FREE Midnight League programme in association with the Scottish Football Association and ANGUSalive Sport & Leisure, continues tomorrow night, providing football for children aged 12-16 years of age, who participate in fun football based activities, before taking part in small sided games.

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Health Kick

HealthAhead — GE’s employee-wellness initiative aims to support their staff in making healthy and sustainable lifestyle choices.

Today, the company sponsored a ‘HealthAhead Day’ in 'GE Oil & Gas' facilities around the world, with over 15,000 employees taking part, at across 50+ different sites — doing wellness-related activities such as group walks and cooking demonstrations amongst others.

Links Park Community Trust were delighted to support the day at GE in Montrose...providing staff with an opportunity to participate in our Walking Football programme.

 https://www.facebook.com/LinksParkCommunityTrust/videos/1514559435240931/ 

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Hampden Success!

Our 5th Birthday celebrations continue...

Links Park Community Trust, on behalf of Montrose Football Club have been awarded 'Community Project of the Year' at the The SPFL Trust All Club Conference!

Our Health Trail, Numeracy Trail, Literacy Trail and Science Trail initiatives, which have been developed and are delivered in association with the Montrose Primary School Cluster, were shortlisted for the award alongside initiatives from Heart of Midlothian FC, Greenock Morton FC and Rangers FC.

Following presentations from each shortlisted club/trust, members of the audience, representing most of the SPFL clubs, voted LPCT/MFC as the winner!

Montrose FC Chairman John Crawford and LPCT Chief Executive Peter Davidson were delighted to collect the award on behalf of MFC and Links Park Community Trust

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Montrose Amateur Football Club:

Links Park Community Trust are delighted to reveal plans for the development of a new men's side, Montrose Amateur FC.

We recently established a ladies side, Montrose Ladies FC (Montrose Girls & Ladies Football Club), and they are competing well in the SWF Division 2 East. The side contain players who have very successfully progressed from Montrose Youth Football Club (MYFC) Girls Under 17's.

Montrose Amateur FC will provide a similar route into the adult men's game for those currently playing for MYFC (& Montrose Football Club) boys teams...ensuring a lifelong (male and female) football participation (recreational, developmental and/or competitive) pathway at LPCT, with our youngest footballer aged 1, and our oldest in their 70's.

Having been provisionally accepted by the Midlands Amateur Football Association Executive Committee, we will be notified of the final outcome of our application at their AGM in June.

Furthermore, we do hope to be in a position shortly to reveal yet another strong partnership - with another local football organisation - but also the development of two additional football teams/programmes. Watch this space...

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Terrific Trustee(s):

Links Park Community Trust this week picked up The SPFL Trust 'Community Project of the Year' Award at a Conference at Hampden Park.

The accolade was received for our work in raising educational attainment and achievement through the development and delivery of our innovative Links Park Health Trail, Numeracy Trail, Literacy Trail and Science Trail programmes.

Our Trustee Douglas Wood, who involves himself, voluntarily, in the delivery of each of our programmes, ensures that our 'Trails' are reviewed annually, and adapted where necessary to reflect the ever changing needs of our local schools and the curriculum for excellence.

Douglas was delighted to get his hands on the trophy at Links Park Stadium yesterday!!!

'As a Head-Teacher of 35 years, I was delighted to contribute to this fantastic initiative, which combines my two loves, education and sport'

LPCT benefit from having a very strong and diverse Board of Trustees:

Derek Sim, Roy Gill, Brian Rice, Dr Pete Strachan, Tracy Park, Bob McCombie, Nick Bradford and Douglas Wood.

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Match-Day Mascots!

5th Birthday Celebratory Announcement...

Yesterday we took great delight in announcing that ALL Links Park Community Trust participants are set to receive a FREE match ticket for the Montrose FC versus Clyde FC match on Saturday 6th May!

In another exciting development, the Montrose FC players will walk out the tunnel alongside 11 MATCHDAY MASCOTS...each of whom will be representing a different programme that LPCT engage with.

We have randomly selected 11 programme participants to represent us on the pitch, alongside the starting XI, with the youngest aged 3, and the oldest being 63.

Our mascots will be revealed in the build up to the match...

50 Day 5 Km Event

This years '50 Day 5 Km Challenge' launches 2 weeks today on Friday 5th May!!
Walk, Run and/or Cycle a minimum of 5 km (3.1 miles) every day for 50 days.
There is still time to sign up, either as an individual or as a team together with friends/colleagues.

We ask you to raise a minimum of £50 which can be split 50:50 between our charitable activities and another worthy cause of your choice.

Receive a free t-shirt for signing up. Click the link below to sign up now:
https://goo.gl/forms/hMRxUnVELPs8OklD3

For more information email Gemma at admin@linksparkct.org.uk

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Game Changing!

Our 5th Birthday celebrations and announcements continue...

At a 'Football and Funding' Conference at Hampden Park today, Scottish Football Partnership Chief Operating Officer Stuart McCaffrey announced their support to Links Park Community Trust & Montrose Youth Football Club!

LPCT have been successful in an application to the SFP which will see us receive, for the benefit of our member club MYFC, two CHANGING CONTAINERS with TOILETS and an equipment storage container.

In addition, we have been awarded up to £5k towards their installation.

These units will be placed at Kenny Park, and will be a positive addition to our community football provision, benefitting our players, coaches and spectators alike!

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Celebratory Ticket Offer

To continue our week-long 5th BIRTHDAY celebrations, we have partnered with Montrose Football Club to provide our Adult & Child participants with a FREE ticket to the club's final match of the season, versus Clyde FC, on Saturday 6th May!

From Monday, we will be distributing match tickets to participants at each of our Community Sport, Education & Training and Health & Wellbeing programmes!

We wish to thank Montrose FC Chairman John Crawford (pictured below) and his Board of Directors for allowing us to extend this offer to our programme participants!

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5th Birthday Charity Ball

Links Park Community Trust are delighted to announce details of our CHARITY BALL, which will take place at the Montrose Town Hall on Saturday 1st July.

The event will celebrate our 5th Birthday, bringing together the Trustees, Staff, Volunteers, Partner Organisations, Corporate Sponsors and Participants that have contributed to our development and success over such time.

MC for the evening is Ross Thomson, our Guest Speaker is the fantastically funny Peter Brown, and musical entertainment will be provided by Burlesque Function Band. A 3-course meal (and reception drinks) will be served by the George Hotel.

If you wish to join us on the evening, please reserve your tickets by contacting LPCT, during office hours, on 01674 677582 or admin@linksparkct.org.uk

Tickets, which can also be collected from the LPCT office at Links Park Stadium, are priced at £50pp or you can secure a table of 10 - of friends, family and/or work colleagues - for just £450.

Dress Code: BLACK TIE!

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Birthday Celebrations!

We kicked off our week-long '5th Birthday' celebrations this morning with our Easter Monday FESTIVAL of FOOTBALL! Following a series of fun yet challenging individual and team activities, our 40+ attendees enjoyed participating in small-sided games. Everyone in attendance received a gift (a new LPCT sports watch) and the morning ended with our STAR PRIZE DRAW:

WINNER of the football boots, match-worn and signed by Paul Watson: ALEX!
WINNER of the football boots, match-worn and signed by Gary Fraser: REMY!
WINNER of the goal-keeper gloves, match-worn and signed by Jordan Millar: NOAH!
We wish to thank everyone that attended, we hope you had an enjoyable morning!
 
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All Stars Disability Football Programme

Starts Friday 10th March

Links Park Community Trust are delighted to be able to provide details of our new Pan (All) Disability Football Programme, AllStars!

The autism friendly sessions will provide an opportunity for parents and their children to engage in a series of fun, football-themed activities.

Initially, there is no need to pre-book, just turn up and register on arrival, but with sessions taking place outdoors, they are subject to weather conditions, so please keep an eye on this page for class updates and cancellations!

For information, call us on 01674 677582 or email projects@linksparkct.org.uk

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Mini Dribblers

Starts MONDAY 6th MARCH 2017!

We are delighted to be relaunching our Parent & Child 'Links Park MINI-DRIBBLERS' programme, for children aged 18months up to their 3rd Birthday.

Those aged 3+ should attend our Saturday morning 'Links Park Little Dribblers' programme, although we will be launching a mid-week 'Little Dribblers' session soon!

The fun and informal initiative allows children (and an accompanying adult) to engage in a range of age & stage appropriate activities, designed to support the development of basic movement competences and social skills.

The programme will run between the months of March and October, OUTDOORS, on the small-sided pitch at Links Park Stadium in Montrose.

There is no need to pre-book, just turn up and register on arrival, but for more information, email our Project Officer via projects@linksparkct.org.uk

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Safe Hands

Links Park Community Trust are launching a new GOALKEEPING programme for existing and aspiring GK's between the ages of 8 and 17. (Few Remaining Places!)

The programme will be delivered by Montrose Football Club shot-stopper, and new LPCT Goalkeeping Coach Jordan Millar!

SAFE HANDS resumes NEXT WEEK!

Our 'Safe Hands' GK provision resumes next week, Monday 24th April.

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Community Award

We are proud to announce that Montrose Youth Football Club have been awarded with the Scottish F.A. COMMUNITY AWARD at the East Region Quality Mark Awards this evening.

MYFC Chairman Lee Walker and Secretary Stuart Taylor were on hand to collect the award on behalf of all players and dedicated volunteers!

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Football Fans in Training

Links Park Community Trust (LPCT) is providing an opportunity for both men and women to participate in their latest 'Football Fans in Training' (FFIT) initiative. For more information click here.

Mike Brown, who participated in the same programme with Raith Rovers, before and after he took part in the course.

Football Quick Links:

To view our weekly 'Soccer Schools' timetable, click here.

To view our information relating to our popular 'Links Park Soccer Saturday' initiative, click here.

Latest News:

Older Adults Activity Programme

FREE Taster / Information Session - Friday 10th February 10.30 - 12noon at Links Park Stadium.

Activites to try are Walking Football, Walk & Talk and Football Memories.

Turn up and register on arrival.

 

Walk & Talk

Monday Walk - Our Monday Health Walk now leaves from Links Park Stadium turnstiles at 1pm with a cuppy thereafter upstairs in the Claridge Lounge.

Corporate Partners

We are delighted to announce our new partners have kindly agreed to support our work by way of our Corporate Partnership. Please visit here for more details.

 

Mini Dribblers

Information on our new classes for 18 month old's to 3 year old's can be found here.

 

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Football Fans in Training (FFIT)

We are seeking new recruits, both male and female, for our respective Football Fans in Training programmes.

Launching in February, this FREE 12-week initiative is aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of those aged 35-65.

Our Men's FFIT programme will run on Monday evenings (from Monday 1st February), between 7.15pm and 8.45pm, with our Women's FFII initiative taking place on Wednesday evenings (from Wednesday 3rd February), at the same times, with both taking place at Links Park Stadium.

Contact us for more information, and if interested, register via www.spfltrust.org.uk 

 

European Football for Development Network

Links Park Community Trust and Montrose Football Club are presenting at the European Football for Development Network conference in Wolfsburg today!

The EFDN is a collaboration of 'community-focussed' football clubs from across Europe who discuss and plan ways in which the power of football can be used to address the needs of the communities in which they are based. Only four clubs from any European country can join, to ensure that there is a strong representation from all areas, so we are delighted that we will be able to contribute to the work of the EFDN, alongside some elusive partners such as AEK Athens, Manchester United and PSV amongst others. It is hoped that our membership of such a prestigious organisation will benefit and enhance the work we do within sport, education and health locally!

 

Scottish Football Association Visit

Scottish FA Chief Executive Stewart Regan held his East Region Staff Forum at Links Park Stadium last week. We were asked to showcase some of our programmes as part of the event whereby we showcased our Numeracy Trail, our Literacy Trail and our Walking Football programmes. Project Manager Peter Davidson was then asked to present on the work of Links Park Community Trust, and we believe that delegates were suitably impressed by the extensive range of programmes we have on offer within each of three strands, being sport, education and health. 

 

Soccer Schools

Our After-School Soccer Schools resume this week. Please click here for our daily timetable

 

Women's Walking Football

Our second females-only Walking Football sessions starts this Monday (17th) 7-8pm. For more details, click here.

 

Walk & Talk

Our new walking group starts this Thursday (23rd) at 10:30. For more information, click here.

 

Are you Still Game?

Our new Walking Football initiative has launched. For more information click here.

 

New LPCT Calendar

Keep up to date with all the events and programmes we offer with our LPCT Calendar!

 

New Links Park Community Trust AMBASSADOR!

Scottish International Footballer joins LPCT, see who, here!

 

Train like PELE and lose the BELLY! 

Are you a man aged 35-65 years-old? Is your waist/belly size at least 38 inches? Do you want to lose weight, have a healthier lifestyle and ultimately be fitter?

If so, sign up for our FREE 12-week 'Football Fans in Training' initiative!

Funded by the The SPFL Trust, and delivered in partnership with Montrose Football Club, it all kicks off in February 2016!

Places are limited, so to register, visit spfltrust.org.uk NOW!

Listen to Archie MacPherson launch the programme here. Watch a documentary detailing the success of the programme here

 

Still Game?

Our 'Still Game: Walking Football' project aims to attract those older adults (50+), and in particular men, who retain an affection for the game but do not feel physically able to participate due to the demands of the sport.  'Walking Football' looks and feels like the traditional game, but there is one condition applied to the rules...you cannot run!  For more information and to register click here.

 

 

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