Newtongrange and Lasswade create player pathway
Two Midlothian football clubs have linked up to help create a clear player pathway for the area’s footballers to compete at a high level.
Newtongrange Star, who play their football in the East of Scotland Football League, will partner Lasswade Thistle to best develop talent.
Newtongrange president Joe Wilson said this week that the two clubs had been in a period of negotiations for a while as they knocked out a new structure to sutit both.
The end result is the creation of the pathway which will progress through Lasswade’s youth teams before entering Star’s under 20s and then, hopefully onto the first team.
Mr Wilson said: “The committee and management team are looking forward to working with our counterparts at Lasswade and developing local players to play at the highest level.
"Lasswade are a relatively young club, but are ambitious, well organised and forward thinking which we believe will benefit our playing squad and offer real aspirational opportunities to Lasswade players.
"Our management team will take an active interest in the teams at Lasswade and will join them on occasion to take part in training sessions and share ideas with the Lasswade coaches.”
It’s been a tough 12 months for all football clubs but it’s hoped that the new partnership can forge a bit of enthusiasm and positivity for the future.
“The last year has been particularly difficult, however, this is an exciting development and we look forward to seeing Lasswade Thistle players, coaches and parents at New Victoria Park watching the first team and taking an active part on match days as ball boys, mascots and playing half-time fun games,” added Mr Wilson.
“In the last few years, we’ve faced different challenges as we progressed into the SFA pyramid and this partnership is the next stage in moving the club forward.”
Newtongrange Star play on the Premier Division of the East of Scotland Football League structure.
Before the season was suspended at the turn of the year they had managed to complete 12 league fixtures, winning five, drawing one and losing six.
The club plays its homes games at New Victoria Park which boasts a covered enclosure, floodlights and a 7-a-side training complex.