Greenock Morton Community Trust Newsletter – September 2014
Oct 2, 2014
Community Trust Newsletter
Dear GMCT Supporter
Over the first year on our website we had a weekly “Story of the Week” that would feature something or someone associates with GMCT. We thought it was time to bring everything and everyone together, this is why we’ve opted for a monthly newsletter.
Anyone who fancies helping our small team and volunteers then please just contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Yours in football
PR & Fundraising Manager, Greenock Morton Community Trust
Welcome back after the holidays
It’s that time again, the summer holidays are over and schools are back so we are pleased to announce our weekly sessions are back up and running again at 4 venues.
We had a great summer at Battery Park, Wemyss Bay, Port Glasgow and Dunoon but special thanks goes to Mark Farrell, Groundsman, Morton FC for allowing GMCT to deliver their first week of summer camps at Cappielow Park.
Well we are now in the final third of our first season as Morton girls and what a season it’s been. We now have teams established at under 11’s, under 13’s and under 15’s with the under 9’s being a work in progress. So far we have had our u13s and u15s winning tournaments bringing silverware to the Community Trust office, we have had our u13s beating St Mirren 4-3 in dramatic fashion and our u15s winning 6-5 in the last minute of the game and in with a chance of winning the league!
Congratulations also to Caitlin McKee who has just completed a block of training with the Regional Development Squad. Not bad for out first season.
On Sunday 21st September Morton girls took part in their sponsored walk. This event incorporated all age groups as well as parents and coaches. The younger age groups walked a 3 mile route along the esplanade whilst the u13s and above took in a 10 mile route from Battery Park to Lunderston Bay and back. The girls had a great day stopping off at Lunderston Bay for some football and paddling in the water in the uncharacteristic September sunshine. A huge well done to all players and coaches for taking part and a big thank you to all parents who came along and supported the event. So far the total raised is £1,108 with more sponsor money due in.
We are also in the planning stages of our end of year presentation which will take place on Friday 28th November so all players and parents keep it free – more details to follow.
by Brian McLaughlin
The last month has seen all community teams attending two training sessions per week and playing league fixtures. All the kids have shown excellent attitude to their new and current coaches.
We have also invited six boys to attend our community teams on a trial basis, all who have been excellent. Furthermore, two of our 2003 squad continue to train and play with our academy squad along with one of our 2004 squad who has also started training, with the hope of all 3 gaining a place in the academy teams in the future.
Well done to all the coaches and players and keep up the hard work.
By Diane Tipping
As Block 1 nears an end why not book your next place on Block 2?
This can be done via our website www.mortoncommunity.net
Community Trust Office News
By Karen Welsh
It’s been a busy few months in the Community Trust Office with new members of staff joining the team at Cappielow. Firstly, Gordon McKillop joined us two months ago as our new Education & Employability Manager. Brian McLaughlin then joined our busy office as Assistant Community Engagement Manager. Our current CEM, Tom Elliott, is now leaving us on Friday as he moves to Hibernian FC and so Brian has been appointed as Tom’s replacement.
We have also been lucky to secure two more contracted staff via the very successful SCVO partnership, Community Jobs Scotland and so earlier this month Deborah Mole was appointed Admin Assistant and Jaymie Wiggins was appointed Community Coach. These jobs are great for gaining experience within the workplace, either office based or our delivering coaching sessions.
We are delighted to welcome everyone on board over the past two months and wish Tom all the best and good luck with his new role at Hibernian FC. He has laid an excellent foundation from which the Community Trust can only take forward and develop under Brian’s guidance.
The Greenock Morton Community Trust is a registered charity, bringing together Greenock Morton Football Club and Greenock Morton Supporters’ Trust, with the aim of using the Morton brand to deliver quality community coaching and social inclusion programmes to people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds across the Inverclyde area.
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