Category: SWPL Team News

Farmington Youngsters Involved In SFA Coaching Course

The club are encouraging their young footballers to expand on their football knowledge by getting involved in coaching courses.

16 year old Performance Squad members Leah White and Caitlin Mitchell along with 18 year old Rachelle Milton from our Ladies squad all took part in the recent SFA East Region 1.1 Early Touches course at Brechin High School.

All three girls have been involved with the club’s youth setup by coaching the U7 and U9 groups. It is an ideal situation to have these young women, who have achieved so much at Farmington, help with the junior girls and offer real female football role models for the youngsters at the club.

Junior Co-ordinator Jane Luckhurst is pleased to see players get involved with coaching younger girls, explaining: “In order to be successful our club relies heavily on volunteer help, as every club does, but the ideal situation would be if we could encourage more players to get involved in the coaching side of the club. This allows them to pass on their knowledge to the junior girls, and the junior girls are delighted to have the older players as coaches.”

Leah, Caitlin and Rachelle will all be taking part in the Level 1.2 course next month.

Debio Satisfied With Debut Performance

Despite the result, Alison Debio was delighted with her debut performance as Forfar Farmington were edged out by Celtic in the first round of the Scottish Women’s Premier League Cup.

A Natalie Ross goal midway through the first half was enough for the hosts with Farmington putting in a fantastic performance against their SWPL1 opponents.

The 20 year old was making her first competitive appearance since joining Forfar in December and felt the team worked well to combat an attacking Celtic side.

She said: “I’m really happy with Sunday’s performance. Celtic tried to play their way around us with very little success. We set up very well and were very secure and disciplined which meant Celtic had no answers for the problems we caused them and resorted to playing long balls which we dealt with very well. The whole team played really well together and left everything on the pitch, what more can you ask for.”

The hard working defender has been playing in a more advanced role during pre-season in midfield and reckons that she is adjusting well while building match fitness.

“I’m still adjusting to playing in midfield but I feel like the 80 minutes I played today will serve me well for the start of the league, only a few weeks away.”

“Today we had to be disciplined to keep Celtic out and I feel like playing with this team my performances can only get better and I can grow into the role I have been tasked with.”

Debio made her return to competitive football after a spell away while playing university football and the former Cumbernauld Colts player was elated to be back at a competitive level against a team such as Celtic.

“Playing against teams like Celtic is always a great game to be involved in, to have played against them and got a result which was so well fought for by the team was a pleasure and I thoroughly look forward to playing the rest of the season with this great group of girls.”

The side now face a three week wait until their opening SWPL2 fixture at home to East Fife and while they will have friendlies against Hamilton and Rangers, Debio reckons the side can build on Sunday’s performance going in to the season.

“Today we all worked for each other and I don’t think anyone could have given any more, we were looking to create chances under our terms and move forward as a unit as well as defending solidly all over the pitch.”

“Everyone had a great game today and we are all understanding our roles and improving every week which can only leave us in a great position for the start of the league campaign.”

Farmington Edged Out By Celtic in League Cup First Round

Forfar Farmington exited the Scottish Women’s Premier League Cup at the first round following a 1-0 defeat at Celtic despite an impressive showing.

The side fought for each and every ball for the full 90 minutes, even when Gemma Collier was sent off for two bookable offences.

Farmington fielded two of their close season signings with Laura Parsley and Alison Debio starting with Beth Shillitto, Erin Cattanach and Caitlin Mitchell making only their second start for the senior team.

Celtic attempted to take an early lead with Heather Richards firing over from the edge of the box while a header flew over the bar in the first ten minutes.

Natalie Ross broke the deadlock for the hosts in the 18th minute; despite some resolute defending from Forfar, the ball was knocked down for her and she fired low past McNicoll from 20 yards.

Forfar were strong in frustrating Celtic to resorting to long balls and refusing to let their heads go down following the goal; a trait that had been a nuisance last season.

Nicola Davidson came close for Farmington with an effort that went over from the edge of the box before Sarah Ewens sent a weak effort past the post at the other end.

The second half was largely a quiet affair, with both defences on top for the most part.

Gemma Collier was booked with twenty minutes left for a foul in the middle of the park and in the 84th minute Farmington were dealt a blow when she was deemed to have fouled Ruesha Littlejohn on the edge of the box and was shown a second yellow.

Despite this, Farmington didn’t give up and kept attacking until the end, showing encouraging signs ahead of the new league season in three weeks.

Coach Kev Candy was pleased with how the team performed, adding: “We’re really happy with the players, we set out with a specific game plan to try and contain Celtic as best we could.”

“I felt the players executed that to the letter, the backline and keeper were phenomenal today. The plaudits go throughout the team however, everyone was magnificent today.”

Celtic: Megan Cunningham, Kelsey Hodges (Mairead Fulton 70), Ellis Dalgleish (Jamie-Lee Napier 70), Natalie Ross, Sarah Crilly, Sarah Ewens, Courtney Whyte, Kelly Clark, Georgie Rafferty (Nicole Cameron 79), Ruesha Littlejohn, Heather Richards

Subs not used: Keira Gibson (gk)

Forfar Farmington: Fiona McNicoll, Gemma Collier, Erin Cattanach, Laura Parsley, Beth Shillitto, Robyn Smith, Nicola Davidson, Alana Bruce (Kayleigh Noble 68), Megan McCarthy, Caitlin Mitchell, Alison Debio (Leah White 79)

Subs not used: Kirsty Deans, Julia Scott, Hannah Dryden (gk)

Greenhill Departs For WSL1 Side Yeovil Town

The club can announce that Ewan Greenhill has departed the club to take up a role at Women’s Super League 1 side Yeovil Town.

The 25 year old leaves with the best wishes of all at Forfar Farmington as he moves down south to the 2016 WSL2 champions as their new Sports Scientist and Strength & Conditioning Coach.

Speaking before his departure, Greenhill expressed his delight at the opportunity while regretting being unable to finish what he started at both Farmington and SPFL side Arbroath.

“I’m really excited to start my new position, it’s another step in the career for me although I’m disappointed I’m not able to finish projects started here and at Arbroath. It all happened so quickly, I put my name in for the job then I was interviewed a couple weeks later and was told the next day it’s yours.”

Greenhill joined the club originally in 2010 for a three year spell before returning with head coach Mark Nisbet and goalkeeping coach Kev Candy in late 2015 as Head of Sports Science & Medicine and reckons he owes a lot to them for the experience gained.

He said: “Mark and Kev knew when I first got the offer and they knew I’d not be here forever. They’re happy for me and probably delighted they’ll not get as much of a ripping anymore. It will be weird for us all, we’ve been working together in some form since 2010 and to them and the club I owe a great deal for the opportunity and time invested in me.”

The sports scientist has been involved in the men’s game as well, with spells at three of the Angus quartet in Forfar Athletic, Brechin City and Arbroath.

He linked up with Arbroath manager Dick Campbell at Forfar in January 2014, moving on following Campbell’s departure in late 2015 with a short stint at Brechin, helping them to stay in League One.

Greenhill then rejoined Campbell at Arbroath in the summer and explained that the staff at the Gayfield club were delighted to see him further his career.

“The gaffer and staff were chuffed for me to go and stand on my own two feet and show what I can do, they have always said they wanted to see me progress. They’ve looked after me for over three years now and I owe them a lot as to what it takes to be in amongst pro football.”

With Farmington’s season beginning in just a few weeks, Greenhill reckons as long as they focus on themselves, they had a good chance of promotion from SWPL2.

“They definitely stand a good chance, especially considering the experience in that squad. The league will be competitive but you have to take care of yourself first and foremost with prep and then performances once it all starts, don’t worry what others are doing.”

Yeovil begin their WSL Spring Series in April with a home game against former WSL champions Liverpool and the Glovers face trips to Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City in their first run in the top flight.

With the Spring Series set up to prepare the teams for the Euros ahead of a switch to a winter season for 2017-18, Ewan is looking forward to getting involved with the squad.

“The Spring Series is to get competitive games prior to the Euros but for me it’s a dry run. We get to see how players perform and handle the occasion, and see if all of our planned ways of working around matches come off or not. We want to do well but the big one for me is when the full season starts in September.”

Everyone associated with Forfar Farmington would like to thank Ewan for his efforts during his time with the club and wish him all the best with Yeovil.

Nisbet Happy With Pre-Season Preparations

Mark Nisbet is pleased with how pre-season has gone so far for Forfar Farmington but admits he is still in the market for a couple of players.

The Farmington head coach oversaw the side’s first pre-season fixture on Sunday as Kirsty Deans netted in the 4-1 loss to Spartans in a scoreline that flattered the Edinburgh side.

Nisbet was happy with his side’s overall performance and reckons they were unlucky not to score more than the one goal with chances from Laura Parsley and Leah White close to finding the back of the net.

He said: “I’m happy overall with the performance. We have asked the players to carry out various tasks during the game and on the whole they did. A bit of rustiness cost us a couple of goals today but on the positive side of things I thought we carried a good threat going forward and probably should have scored another couple of goals.”

The squad that travelled to Edinburgh featured some of the younger players including U15 goalkeeper Oliwia Gach and while she was an unused substitute, Nisbet believes the experience will stand players such as her in good stead.

“I have no doubt that the experience will give her a boost. This is one of the benefits on the route we have decided to take and as the season progresses we will see that coming back to help us.”

Nisbet has made six signings over the close season, with Chantelle McKay, Laura Parsley, Alison Debio, Lynsey Tugman, Beth Warwick and Suzie Adam joining and he is delighted with their performance in training sessions so far.

“I’ve been delighted with how the players have fitted in during the sessions. The players have taken on the coaching points and really mixed well with the others. The big thing for me is that they understand what the club wants and are buying into that.”

He continued: “I’d like to hopefully add another two or three before our competitive games start just to give us a bit more depth and competition for places in the group.”

The SWPL and U23 squads were combined at the end of the 2016 season to create a Performance Squad and Nisbet believes that he is starting to see the benefits of the decision already.

“At this early stage it’s already allowing me to see more of the players coming through and being able to work with them and the 23’s staff has made a huge difference. I’m really happy with how things have gone so far.”

Programme Subscription Service Now Available

The club are delighted to offer a matchday programme subscription for our 2017 season.

This subscription is ideal for supporters who are unable to make it to games as well as avid programme collectors.

The side have ten games at home in the league and the potential of the side being drawn at home in cups, meaning there are plenty of programmes included in this subscription.

This subscription is priced at £15 for the season including postage and packaging. If you are interested in signing up, please contact Lee Smith at fffcmedia@gmail.com.

Midfielder Feels Time Was Right To Return Home

Laura Parsley reckons it was the right move for her as she returned to Forfar Farmington for her third spell following her return from America.

The 20 year old midfielder originally moved to the States in 2014 and after playing for South Georgia State College and Lincoln Memorial University, Parsley feels the time is right to rejoin Mark Nisbet’s side in their bid to return to SWPL1 at the first attempt.

Parsley also had a short spell back at Farmington in the summer of 2015 and admits that while she enjoyed her time in America, she struggled with bouts of homesickness which led to her returning to Scotland before the festive season.

“It feels great to have rejoined Forfar. It’s good being back!”

“The move back to the club came about after discussions with Mark Nisbet. Kev Candy contacted me when I decided to come back to Scotland for good. He said he saw something on social media and he wanted me to give Mark a phone to discuss what my situation was and if I’d consider joining Forfar again. I felt that rejoining Forfar Farmington was the best move for me at this point in my career.”

She continued: “I had a great time across in America being a part of a college team in Georgia and a University team in Tennessee. It’s been a great experience, however I started to find it harder being away from home so it has been good being able to see my friends and family.”

Having experienced the styles of play in both countries, Parsley considers the styles to be almost the same, although feels the attitudes vary slightly.

“I would say that the game is played the same in America compared to here but it takes a while for your body to condition to the heat. I think that Americans think football is like track and they don’t realise that the ball moves faster, they basically just like to run around. The transitions from the defence to attackers is also a lot smoother here than it is in America.”

Parsley hopes she can add to her 22 appearances as the squad look to quickly bounce back from relegation and the midfielder believes she can make an impression on her return.

“I would really love to see the club bounce back to SWPL1 at the first attempt and I think I’ll play a decent amount in getting them back to that level. I think we have a great team at the moment and they are a great group of girls. I’m looking forward to playing with them and seeing what we can do this season.”

 

New Keeper Eyes Battle For Number One Shirt

Chantelle McKay hopes she can make the number one shirt her own at the club but acknowledges it won’t be an easy task.

The recent signing is relishing the new challenge after leaving Tayside Ladies last season and is thrilled with the coaching she has received so far from goalkeeping coaches Mike Gourlay and Kev Candy.

20 year old McKay praised the club’s approach and the attitude of those involved with the squad in her short time with the club since signing in December.

“It feels great to have signed for such a big club which is well run, very organised and has great facilities on offer as well as a great bunch of coaching staff. I am looking forward to the challenges ahead of me during my time at the club.”

She continued: “I have always been interested in the club but felt I have never been good enough to step up to the level and be part of the club. The club has so much to offer which is always an eye opener for young players who are looking for a new team to join as they are well run and set up which makes it look so professional in everything they do.”

“I decided to get in touch with John Diplexcito who encouraged me to have a meeting with goalkeeping coach Kev Candy and get a wee bit of background information before coming to training. Before I knew it after four months out I had the gloves and boots back on and there was no better feeling.”

McKay praised her new goalkeeping coaches and reckons it is some of the best coaching she has experienced in her career.

“Training has been a lot different compared to what I was receiving at my previous club; it’s a lot more demanding physically but I enjoy every minute of it and receive some of the best coaching on offer from Mike and Kev and work alongside some great goalkeepers which is also a bonus.”

Despite tough competition from Fiona McNicoll and Hannah Dryden, McKay hopes she can learn from the pair and impress enough to fight for the number one jersey.

She said: “I would be stupid to say I wouldn’t love to be the club’s number one but it is going to take a lot of fight. Fiona’s an excellent goalkeeper and even in training she’s great to watch and take tips from; she’s a great role model for the younger goalkeepers stepping up.”

“Hannah is also another great goalie and a hard worker who is determined and puts in a great effort which I’m hoping, when my fitness is up and I’m at my full potential, I can impress the coaches and one day maybe be as good as Fiona and get the chance to prove myself in the first team squad.”

Debio Keen To Make Up For Lost Time

Recent signing Alison Debio is loving life at Forfar Farmington so far and hopes she can help the side return to the top flight at the first attempt.

The 20 year old defender joined the club last month and is eager for the season to begin with the League Cup first round on February 19th while they entertain East Fife in the SWPL2 opener on March 12th.

Debio last played for Cumbernauld Colts however she explained she had been finding it difficult to travel after moving to Dundee for university and after only playing university football for a short spell, she was delighted to jump at the chance to train with Mark Nisbet’s side.

“I am very excited to have signed. I was looking to get back into competitive football out with university again but I just had no idea how to go about it so when the opportunity arose to trial with Forfar I was both surprised and very happy.”

She continued: “Since coming to university I had only really played with the university team but I missed playing with a team competitively. I always knew that Forfar had a great set up but thought it was too far to travel when in fact it isn’t.”

“When I was contacted by the club I thought I’d take the opportunity and see what came of it, now I couldn’t be happier that I have signed with the side.”

The former Stenhousemuir, Falkirk and Glasgow City youth reckons the squad environment is one of the best she has been involved in and hopes it can bring out the best in her.

“I can honestly say that I am really enjoying myself. The club, both the girls and staff, have been tremendously welcoming and very nice and helpful. It is definitely a very supportive environment where everyone wants the best for the club and everyone is definitely on the same wavelength as to how this can be achieved.”

“I really appreciate the environment because everyone wants the best; we are all challenged to be the best players we can be which will hopefully bring good things for the club.”

Farmington will host newly promoted side East Fife in their league opener and Debio feels the side have what it takes to return to SWPL1 after last season’s relegation.

“I definitely feel that this side can bounce back up to the top flight. There is a lot of work being put in and I feel like this can definitely be Forfar’s year which I am looking forward to being a part of.”

Sponsorship Packages Available For 2017 Season

Our Club

Forfar Farmington FC was formed in 1984 by current chairman Colin Brown and has developed into one of the biggest girls and women’s football clubs in Scotland. Based in the north-east town of Forfar our club now boasts over 240 female football players from aged 5 through to 38 years old. On top of this, we currently have over 60 volunteers who dedicate their time and expertise daily, to make the club into the success it is today.

Forfar Farmington FC senior team’s players, volunteer coaches and support staff dedicate at least five days a week to training and player development, on top of their full time jobs or whilst studying for academic qualifications. High levels of commitment and dedication have been key to recent successes and will continue to be vital in the coming season.

 

Sponsorship

The continuing costs involved in creating and developing one of the best girls and women’ s clubs in Scotland means the players and volunteers rely heavily on financial donations from individuals and businesses alike.

Forfar Farmington aims to position itself as a key component within the local community and this has been reflected in the return of many loyal and passionate fans supporting the team on a weekly basis. With such a fantastic support network behind the team, we want to provide the best and most professional environment for the players, volunteers and fans as well as encouraging youngsters in the locale to be inspired by the players.

The success of the women’s first team has a pyramid effect on the other teams within the club, with the growth in grassroots participation at the club at its highest level since the clubs conception. The club’s senior players are positioned to act as role models with numerous Women’s players donating their own time to coach our U-7s & U-9s programmes with over 50 girls participating! Above this our youth pathway is managed on an on-going basis with teams at U-11, U-13 U-15 and U-17 levels. The pathway is complemented with an additional Women’s side player in the SWFL Division 2.

The expense of competing at the highest level in the Scottish Women’s Premier League throughout the season is enormous. Players, Coaches and Support Staff receive no form of payment for their efforts, but give their all for the club, for the love of the game and the promotion of the sport. Indeed players contribute to the running of the club pay way of a monthly subscription payment.

Whilst Forfar Farmington FC do invest time in raising funds for the club (bag packing, raffles, race nights etc), we still struggle to cover our costs and as such the players and volunteers are still required to fund facilities, equipment and extensive travel costs.

Therefore we are looking for companies and/or individuals to help support our running costs.

Please continue to see our vast range of sponsorship packages.

Forfar Farmington Platinum Sponsorship Package | The Team and Kit Sponsor | £1500

The Platinum Sponsorship package will give you maximum exposure for you as the main sponsor of the SWPL side. This package will allow for the financing of playing kit, and would increase and improve on the professional approach already adopted in terms of preparation for home and away games.

This package will offer the following:

  • Your business name/ logo displayed on the front of the home or away match day playing kit
  • Full colour advertisement in Match day Programme for all home games.
  • Advertisement and link from club website every day
  • Your banner displayed pitch-side at Station Park for all home matches
  • A press release in the local press
  • Weekly mentions on the club Facebook and Twitter pages
  • 4 x match day tickets for all SWPL home games
  • Advertising on tannoy system for every home match
  • Signed Framed Photo of the squad

 

Forfar Farmington Gold Sponsorship Package | The Training Programme Sponsor | £1000

The Gold Package will finance the team to fund all training costs for season. The senior team continue to train 4 evenings a week.

This package will offer the following:

  • Your business name/ logo displayed on the front of all training kit
  • Half Page colour advertisement in Match day Programme for all home games
  • Advertisement and link from club Website every day
  • A press release in the local press
  • Weekly mentions on Facebook and Twitter
  • 4 x match day tickets for all SWPL home games
  • Advertising on tannoy system for every SWPL home game
  • Signed Framed Photo of the squad

 

Forfar Farmington Silver Package | The Match Day Package | £250

The Forfar Farmington Silver Package allows you to financially support the team for a great price. The silver package will financially support the costs of match day activity for our home games. With our supporter base growing weekly, your sponsor would be advertised to a wide range of people.

This package offers the following:

  • 8 x Match Day Tickets
  • Advertising with the tannoy announcer on the day
  • 2 x player mascots of your choice
  • Photo opportunity with player mascots and team
  • Mention in Matchday Programme
  • Full season of website advert and link on our partners page.
  • Daily mention of sponsorship for 7 days prior to game on Club’s Official Facebook and Twitter
  • Option to present a Player of the Match award

 

Forfar Farmington Bronze Package | Player Sponsorship | £200

The Bronze Package will allow your sponsor to support the financial costs of an individual player. Each player currently has to finance their own travel and personal kit costs.

Sponsoring a player is extremely popular and can be a unique gift for family or friends and a great opportunity for your business to be associated with Forfar Farmington FC

This package offers the following:

  • A signed picture of your chosen player
  • A picture of you presenting your sponsorship to the player on the club website and social media.
  • Acknowledgement in all match day programmes
  • 2 x tickets to End of Season Presentation Evening
  • Advertisement on club website next to your chosen player
  • Weekly mention of your sponsor on Facebook and Twitter by your chosen Player

 

Match Day Hospitality Package | £50

What you get:

  • 2 Matchday tickets
  • Advertising with the tannoy announcer on the day
  • Special mention within the Matchday Programme
  • A mention on the programme sponsorship page all season
  • Matchday Hospitality
  • Matchday Programme
  • Matchday advertising

 

Match Programme Sponsorship | £30 per game or full season for £300

What you get:

  • 2 Matchday tickets
  • Advertising with the tannoy Announcer on the day
  • Special mention within the Matchday Programme
  • Full page programme advert
  • Matchday Hospitality
  • Matchday Programme
  • Matchday advertising
  • Full seasons package will include a web site advert and link

 

Player of the Match Sponsorship | £25 per game

  • 2 Matchday tickets
  • Advertising with the tannoy Announcer on the day
  • Special mention within the Matchday Programme
  • Matchday Programme
  • Pick your player of the match
  • Announcement on Match Report

 

Website Advertisement | www.forfarfarmington.com | £100 per season

Forfar Farmington has many website views per month. Why not advertise your business to the community of people who log on to keep up to date with Forfar Farmington’s news

 

Match Ball Sponsorship | £30 per game

  • 2 Matchday tickets
  • Advertising with the tannoy announcer on the day
  • Special mention within the Matchday Programme
  • A mention on the programme sponsorship page all season
  • Presentation photograph
  • Matchday Programme

 

Match Programme Advert | £20 per advert

  • Half page advert in match day programme

 

All packages are for 1 season unless stated

If you would be interested in discussing the above sponsorship packages with Forfar Farmington FC then please contact admin.swpl@forfarfarmington.uk