Congratulations to Sophie Garrigan and Amy Taylor who have been selected to join the 2022 SFA East Region U16 Performance Squad.
Both Sophie (15) and Amy (14) have come through our pathway from U9s to playing 11, 13, 15s and 17s before making the step to 19s National Performance for season 2021.
Sophie in her 10th year with the club, enjoyed being part of BGC Scotland squad in 2019 that traveled to take on their Welsh counterparts. Coach Ian McDiarmid said “Sophie is a dedicated hard working and talented player who deserves this opportunity with the East Region programme. As a predominately right sided full back, Sophie can play anywhere in the back four. Working with experienced coaching staff within the programme will ultimately take her game to the next level”.
Amy who has been with the club from age 8 coming through our juniors, was recently selected for the East Region Scottish Schools Football squad and played an inter-association match last week v West of Scotland at Toryglen. Amy has previously been a recipient of Player of the Year for her efforts on the pitch. Coach Scott Gibson was delighted to hear of her success “Having coached Amy from a young age, she has talent and great to see her progress to this level and be given the opportunity to be part of the U16s East Region squad”.
The performance squad programme will begin in February 2022, as additional sessions to their club training and games, the programme offers the girls the chance to attend National training camps in turn then with the chance of selection for the Scottish National Youth squads. Something I’m sure the girls will dream about.
The girls were not alone at the trials, we had number of girls take part in the trails and would congratulate them for being identified by their coaches and although they may be disappointed we hope they enjoyed the opportunity, keep working hard and enjoying your game .
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“SWPL1 Withdrawal : Having exhausted all options in regards player recruitment we have been unsuccessful in securing a squad ahead of 2021/22 season. We approached the SWF towards the end of last week with our concerns and out of respect for the league, associated clubs and with a heavy heart, we formally requested our withdrawal from SWPL1 on Monday.
We’d like to thank all current & past players, staff & supporters for being part of our SWPL journey going back many years and wish all other clubs the best for the season ahead.
We will now refocus our time and energy into our ever growing youth pathway as we look ahead positively to the future.”
Forfar Farmington Committee
Beth Mowatt made her 1st full start this season for Forfar Farmington having forced competition with Lauren Perry & Annalisa McCann respectively.
An injury to Perry on Wednesday evening meant an appearance for Mowatt against a very good opponent in Rangers who didn’t danger the Forfar backline much in the opening half a nour before Daina Bourma put the visitors a goal in front unmarked at the back post.
Mowatt spoke about the game by saying, “It was really good from us all on Wednesday, everyone put in a good performance in what was a tough shift for us all.
“We competed for the ball a lot more & worked really well together despite the fact that we have a young squad.
“Having experienced players in the squad like Donna Paterson, Nicola Davidson & Alana Bruce helps develop young players like myself and we really enjoy working with these players.
“They are really good both on & off the pitch and help the confidence in the young players, if we can play like we did tonight then we’ll give Celtic & Hibs a good game and that’s our plan.”
Wednesday evening saw success for Forfar Farmington despite the 2-1 defeat to Hearts.
With Scottish Government restrictions now in Level 2, Scottish football clubs are able to welcome fans again with 250 the maximum amount for spectators at the moment.
Only residents in Glasgow City & Moray are prohibited for the time being to physically being in grounds due to both areas still in Level 3 restrictions.
Off the park during this COVID-19 pandemic, Forfar Farmington have led the way. Back in October, the club put on a live stream for friendlies against Dundee United & Aberdeen respectively before the season commenced at home to Motherwell, the first club in Scottish Women’s Football circles to introduce live streaming for women’s football followers.
This was then followed by the introduction of fans on Wednesday evening for the match at home to Hearts with a good attendance of die-hard Forfar supporters back to their beloved Station Park alongside some ground hoppers who witnessed their 1st physical game in over 400 days.
With much smaller resources compared to other sides in the league, we can always rely on volunteers to pull the stops out and Forfar Farmington Football Club would like to thank the spectators who attended on Wednesday alongside the volunteers who have helped the club throughout this tough time.
Forfar Farmington Chairperson Nicola McBride said, “We were delighted to get the green light to welcome fans back, it means a lot to the club and especially the players on the pitch. Although there are many restrictions to follow we are grateful to the support we have from our own committee members and club covid offiers. It was important to us to get fans in as soon as we could therefore made sure we had the necessary processes in place to make this happen. Delighted that we had no issues during the match. Thanks to all those who came along to support us last night.”