Berwick Rangers Community Foundation continued to increase their presence in the local area at the weekend by sponsoring the Glendale Junior League’s first finals day of the 2015/2016 campaign.
Jonny Fairbairn was on-hand in Wooler to present awards to the players of youth teams from as young as Under 8’s and as old as Under 14’s.
And it’s clear that being part of the presentations was something the club’s captain was proud to be a part of, as he revealed:
“The presentations went well. I played in that league myself as youngster and it seems to have gone from strength to strength over the years.
“I’ve heard good things about the Glendale League, but I was still surprised to see so many enthusiastic young players and coaches on such a wet, muddy day.
“It was great to meet so many kids, parents and coaches, though I didn’t stay as long as I’d have liked to as I had to leave for an early meet at Shielfield to meet the new boss (John Coughlin).
It wasn’t just the presentations that the 25 year-old enjoyed either, as he revealed he took in some of the games on offer at the central venue.
“Again, due to time constraints I didn’t get to take in as much football as I’d have perhaps liked, but I did get to see a few games and they were played in great spirit.
“One match in particular caught my eye with Berwick Rangers Juniors playing Felton in an Under 10’s cup final. There were a few young players in there who had great ability. All were fully committed and it made for an exciting watch.”
Jonny has previous for community involvement having taken part in recent coaching camps and it’s clear that helping spread positive messages through football is something that the centre-back takes great pride in.
“I’m always happy to help out with the Foundation’s initiatives, and it’s even better when it’s as close to home as Wooler!”
“I try to be as involved as I possibly can with the club’s efforts in the local area because I think there is a responsibility to the community. Helping the club engage with the next generation of fans is key to the club’s long-term ambitions.
“I was delighted to be asked to help out with the half-term coaching sessions again last week by both John Bell and Matty Moor following the success of the Summer Camp. It was great to help out in all of the sessions and it was fantastic to see so many kids there again.
“I think the club deserves a lot of credit for their recent endeavours and the affiliations that have been formed with The Scottish Football Partnership and the SPFL Trust, and with their support I’m looking forward to seeing what schemes the Foundation introduce and being a part of them in future!”