POLLOK FC have joined forces with Pollok United Soccer Academy in a move which hopes to enhance its recruitment power and develop its role within the community.
Pollok FC president Fergus McDiarmid said: “We’re delighted to make this announcement as it’s significant not just for our club but the community and the wider junior game in the West of Scotland.
“This is a major step forward in our quest to reinvigorate junior football and ensure that more top talent sees its way into our game.
“To us, the junior game isn’t a footballing care home for players at the twilight of their careers, as some may wrongly perceive.
“It can be a credible platform and springboard to the senior game and merging with with such a terrific academy means these kids are given the chance to develop their skills and a chance to progress to a higher level of football”.
Fergus added that he hoped the combined facilities of both organisations will provide a hub for the community and that people will get behind the move.
Andy Elliot, vice chairman of Pollok United Soccer Academy, said “The wealth of experience that Pollok FC brings will prove invaluable in the development of the soccer academy and we hope this is the start of many great years in partnership with Pollok FC, Glasgow Life and the Scottish FA.
“The academy is looking to progress to the next stages of the Quality Mark with the onset of our own training facility at Corkerhill, the creation of a strong and vibrant girls’ section and now the link with adult football at the juniors.”We hope to see many of our academy players along at Newlandsfield regularly on a Saturday and one day be wearing the black and white of Pollok FC”.