‘Gers seek local volunteers

Berwick Rangers Football Club is on the lookout for volunteers as the club looks to extend its youth scouting network in the local area.

Having recently completed the signing of 17 year old Gary Windram from Coldstream (with the youngster returning to the Streamers for the 17/18 campaign), first-team boss John Coughlin is keen to ensure the club play a more active part in the development of talented local youngsters.

The club are hoping to increase the effectiveness of their net in relation to capturing talented youngsters, increasing opportunity for locals.

It is therefore the club’s hope to recruit a small network of volunteers to assist Development Team staff in identifying prospects from a young age.

Scouts would report to the U20 coaching staff of Derek McKenzie, Neil Oliver, Mark Taylor and Daniel McKenzie who enjoyed their most successful season yet last campaign. Neil Oliver will take the role of figurehead in the Berwick area.

The club has been more active in the community since Coughlin’s return to Shielfield Park, with the first-team boss playing a key role in implementing a more definitive youth infrastructure at the club.

Work has been done to create a clearer pathway to the first-team, with the ever-appreciated efforts of Berwick Juniors now filtering into a Berwick Colts team (Border Amateur C League), with a pathway to Tweedmouth Rangers (East of Scotland League), the Under 20’s (SPFL Development League East) and ultimately the first-team

It is now the boss’ hope to begin filling the pipeline at all age groups. Those interested in assisting should contact Daniel McKenzie on daniel_mck@hotmail.co.uk with a closing date of 1st September with interested parties to be invited to a short information evening thereafter.