2016 has been a busy year for Morton in the Community and we have showcased our activities and achievements.
Jan ’16: Welcome to Gary and Laura; recruited as an Employability Project Worker and Female Football Development Officer respectively.
Jan ’16: Community, youth academy and first team players including all coaches and staff got together for a team photo – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRUuDmNsoCw.
March ’16: Gordon and Gary visited Valerenga FC in Oslo as part of EFDN’s Scoring for Jobs Staff Exchange.
March ’16: We kicked off our first Female Football Fans In Training programme in partnership with the SPFL Trust; engaging with 21 participants, those completing lost an average of 2.86kg.
March ’16: Close of Greener Morton and H2O projects, engaging with 1886 children in Primary 4-6.
March ’16: Warren and Gordon attend 6th EFDN conference at PSV’s Phillips Stadium in Eindhoven.
April ’16: Our Easter Camp engaged with 196 children aged 2 – 12 years.
April ’16: DWP Job Centre Plus extended our partnership to engage with an increased no. of participants through Positive Goals. We have engaged with 70 participants to date with 50% progressing to a positive destination within 13 weeks.
May ’16: Football Fans In Training charity match in aid of Children in Poverty Inverclyde raised £725 for families.
May ’16: 19 people participated in our 5k 50 Day Challenge, massive thanks to our trustee, Nick Robinson for raising exactly £1,000.
May ’16: The Colin Wilson Mackie Memorial Award for Coach of the Year was Paddy McAlees https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLhtaa2ycGA.
May ’16: Morton Community Boys hosted their first Cappielow Tournament, approx. 275 kids playing for teams from Inverclyde and Renfrewshire competed.
May ’16: Greenock Morton Amateur FC associated with St Francis’ Church won the Strathclyde Evangelical League 2nd Division, winning it in style on the last day of the season!
June ’16: Our Summer Camp engaged with 443 children aged 2 – 12 years.
June ’16: Morton Community Golf Day, 19 teams of 4 participated with team Whitelaw taking the winning trophy home.
Aug ’16: Design the Away Strip – each school in Inverclyde was invited to participate in designing next seasons Morton FC away kit, we received 724 entries with the final selection being voted for at Smiths of Greenock.
Aug ’16: Securing funding from EFDN’s One Goal For Education project via the UEFA Foundation for Children we piloted the Greenock Morton Literacy Trail with All Saints and King’s Oak Primary Schools. Using Cappielow as an alternative learning environment and the context of the everyday running of a football club children develop various skills in relation to literacy and language.
Sept ’16: In partnership with Alzhemiers Scotland and Inverclyde Carers Centre, we launched Football Memories. Engaging people with Alzhemiers and Dementia the programme triggers memories of the beautiful game.
Sept ’16: Best Professional Club in the Community at SFA Grassroots Awards : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urvLQFXXh1Y.
Sept ’16: 124 children from our boys and girls community teams participated in a Sponsored Walk before Morton’s home game with Dunfermline.
Oct ’16: Our October Camp engaged with 94 children aged 2-12 years.
Oct ’16: Warren and Brian attended the 7th EFDN Conference at Ibrox Stadium, Rangers FC.
Nov ’16: Over 650 friends and family came together at the Greenock Town Hall for our Boys and Girls presentation nights, two excellent evenings celebrating the success of 2016.
Nov ’16: Deborah promoted to the role of Office Manager having completed her SVQ4 Business Administration qualification. Deborah epitomises our core values: enjoyment, confidence, inspire, respect, learning, and pathway.
Nov ’16: In excess of 40 ladies attended trials for our senior team which will compete in the Scottish Womens Football League next season. Completing the Morton Girls pathway.
In what has been a very fruitful year at Morton, we are hugely thankful to an endless list of partners, sponsors and supporters. In 2017 we will continue to be ‘The Heartbeat of Inverclyde’.