SUCCESSFUL SPONSORED EVENT 2011
Club players, coaches and parents all turned out on Monday 28th March 2011 to take part in the clubs sponsored fun run which was held at Heathhall Industrial Estate. More than 70 participents took part in the hour long event, running round a one mile course. The weather conditions were very favourable and the kids worked really hard to notch up as many miles as possible round the course.
All of the age groups were represented during the event with some excellent performances at all the ages.
A total of £1600 was raised during the event with the first £500 going to the Cash for Kids Charity which the club is proud to support. The committee would like to thank all the children and parents who raised money for the club and took part in the event.
Rag Bag - Raise Funds for Lochar
The 'Rag Bag' recycling scheme has been developed to provide regular fundraising for schools, clubs, nurseries and various organisations UK Wide.
We have now registered in order to raise money for the club. So please bring your bags to club and leave them in the third changing room.
The scheme increases awareness about textile recycling and by increasing recycling rates we can help the environment by ensuring less material goes to landfill.
Start collecting IRN BRU Phenomonal screw caps
AG Barr plc the producer of IRN BRU drinks and the Sponsor of the Scottish Football League have committed £70,000 of sponsorship to Youth Teams in all of the 30 Scottish Football League Clubs.
They are running a competition which involves the colllection of the blue IRN BRU Phenomonal screw caps from any IRN BRU drinks bottles.
The Club who collect the most tops before 7th May 2011 will receive the first prize of £10,000. Every other club will receive a scaled award down to £500 for the club who collects the least tops.
Collection Wheelie bins will be placed outside the Club Office and outside the Galloway News Stand on match days where tops can be deposited.
Collection boxes will also be placed in stores and shops around the Region by IRN BRU staff where tops can also be deposited. With a little bit of effort by all you IRN BRU drinkers and no additional costs we have a chance of collecting a great prize for our Youth Teams.
There will be a collection box placed in the Lochar Thistle coaches room for everyone to hand in any tops which you collect.Can all kids/parents and coaches please collect any bottle tops for Lochars community partners Queen of the South Football club.
Thanks for keeping us warm!
All Lochar Thistle coaches were given new winter jackets which were sponsored by Robertson Homes a big thank you to John Clowe the club treasurer for negotiating the deal.
Would all Lochar Thistle AFC coaches and committee members please note that the next monthly meeting is Sunday the 1st May at 7:30pm in the club house.Would all age groups please send a representative.Some of the items on the agenda will be review of the season so far, club registration forms,end of season dance,end of season BBQ,youth league changes for next season,ball boys end of season trip and SFA coaching courses.
NOTICE: New Entrance
All players,opposition teams and parents must now use the top entrance through the public foot path beside Burdens and enter via the double gates at both training and match days.
Pre-season friendly - Peebles
As part of the pre season programme Lochar Thistle Youths under 13's,15's and 17's travelled to Peebles to play Peebles Football Clubs under 14's,16's and 18's on Sunday 1st August.The club provided a luxury coach for the journey plus a large number of parents travelled to support the club. It was a great day for the club and very well organised by everyone at Peebles especially Colin George. Our thanks must also go to Peebles Rugby club for their excellent hospitality after the match. All the coaches commented on how useful the games were letting them have a decent look at all their squad members.The matches were played on excellent surfaces considering they were council pitches and all the participating teams played some great football in a very sporting manner. More details of the games can be found on the relevant age groups news pages.
Under 7's football festivals
Under 7's have recently participated in football festivals at Newton Stewart, Heston Rovers and Caledonia (Prestwick).
Would all current Queen of the South FC ball boys and girls who wish to continue being a ball boy/girl next season please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with their name and sizes for both waterproof jackets and tracksuit trousers as with Queens changing to Joma as their kit suppliers we will be receiving new clothing.Any kids from the under 11's who wish to become a ball boy/girl next season please e-mail above address.
U13s League Cup Final
Congratulations to Dougie, Mike and the Lochar Thistle under 13's squad who beat Heston Rovers 6-3 in the final of the league cup at Terregles on Friday 28th May.The scorers for Lochar were Oliver Walker 3 Jamie Campbell 2 (1 penalty) and Keiran Nicol 1. It was a very sporting final watched by a large crowd.
End of Season BBQ
The end of Season BBQ Took place on Saturday the 29th May at Lochars Enterprise Park between 11-2pm.The BBQ was for the following age groups under 7's,9's and under 11's.All kids received a medal,burger,juice and crisps. Tommy Jardine from West sounds cash for kids was on hand to receive the cheque. Presenting the trophies was Scotland under 19 and Blackburn Rovers Player Grant Hanley. A big thank you to all the committee and coaches for a great day.
End of Season Dance
The Lochar Thistle End of season dance took place on Friday 14th May in the Locharbriggs Social club.Admission was between 7:30-8:00pm and the awards were presented at 8:15pm.The dance was for the following age groups 17's,15's13's and 13's colts.There was over 200 players,coaches,committee members and friends in attendance.The club would like to thank Queen of the South player Sean O'Connor for presenting the awards.
Click here to see the award photographs.
Bolton Trip 2010
The bus party of 44 set of from Lochars pitch at 7.30am for the much awaited end of season trip to the premiership match between Bolton and Birmingham. Following a quick refreshment stop at Killington Lake services the boys participated in a football picture quiz which was made up by Ross. The winners of the quiz with a remarkable 22 out of 22 was Henry Sainsbury and Greig Lawrie who won £10. We eventually arrived at Boltons impressive Reebok stadium at 10:20am just in time for our stadium tour.
The stadium tour lasted just less than an hour in which our tour guide Ian explained Boltons 365 day a year off field activities which bring much needed revenue to the club. Highlight of the tour was the home dressing rooms with all the players kit ready for the days game and the friendliness of the Bolton kit man. A quick visit to the club shop for souvenirs and then a quick change before the hours coaching session from Boltons community coaches at Bolton Arena.The kids all enjoyed a well put together training session during which the Bolton coaches commented on the very high standard of all the Lochar kids especially Kirsty Howat, Ryan Mould and Jordan Patterson. Highlight of the training session was Lochar Under 15's player Henry Sainsbury nut-megging one of the Bolton coaches much to the pleasure of his Bolton colleagues.
Following a quick change it was onto the game our tickets were in the North Stand upper tier a great view and excellent friendly atmosphere added to by Andy Howat and Graham Lennox.It was nice to see three goals but the funniest moment of the match was when a Birmingham fan in Pamela Anderson baywatch fancy dress did a mini pitch invasion only too receive a standing ovation from the whole stadium.
After the match we started our long journey home which we broke up with a refreshment stop at Lancaster eventually arriving back in Dumfries at 10:00pm.
Once again all the kids and adults enjoyed the trip and look forward to next years trip.The organisers and kids would like to thank the following for their kind donations towards the trip:Doonhamers Travel Club,Sanquhar Queen Of the South Supporters club,Queens Trust,Alan Smith(Northampton),Mr and Mrs Pirrie(Sanquhar) and Queen of the South FC.
Queen of the South FC ball boys & girls
Pictured right are the Queen of the South FC ball boys and girls from season 2009/10 along with the Queens players.The ball boys and girls are supplied by Lochar Thistle Youths AFC through the community partnership between the two clubs.Any Lochar Thistle players from 9 years old and upwards who would like to become a ball boy/girl next season please e-mail email@example.com.
Everyone involved at Queens really appreciates the committment shown thoughout the season from all the kids and they were given a special mention in club chairman Davie Rae's end of season speach at the Doonhamers Travel club end of season dance.
Under 15'S CUP FINAL:
Best of luck to the Lochar Thistle Under 15'S squad in the L T Wilson Cup Final this Friday 16th April at the David Keswick Centre with a 7:15pm Kick Off.It would be nice to see a good turn out of parents, relatives, coaches and committee members to encourage and support the squad in their first cup final for a few years.
Special Goalkeepers training session:
Well done to all the keepers who attended the extra Goalkeepers training session it was great to see the younger boys training alongside under 15's keepers Hugh McDavid and Connor Harkness it was also nice to see coaches Trevor Wilson and Stuart Rae putting the boys through a great work out which can only benefit the young keepers.
Would all coaches please note that the clubs new goalkeeping coach Stuart Rae is urging all Lochar keepers to try and attend on a Monday night at 6:30pm.In attendance at most training sessions are the following southern counties keepers who also help Stuart coaching Graham Wright (Dalbeattie Star) Tommy Muirhead (Crichton) and Vinnie Parker (Threave Rovers).
Under 17's claim first silverware of the season:
The final of the Ryedale Cup between Lochar and Dalbeattie 17's took place at the Keswick Centre on Friday 5th March .As is often the case in cup finals, it was a tense affair, with both teams struggling on a poor surface.Dalbeattie had the better of the first half, but Duncan Orr in the Lochar goal didnt have a real save to make.
The second half saw Lochar come more in to the game and Vinny Coleman drew a good save from the Dalbeattie goalkeeper with a powerfull free kick. Lochar then opened the scoring when Jordan Nish produced a cool finish just inside the box,this proved to be the winning goal. Dalbeattie pushed for an equaliizer but Lochar were comfortable at the back, and content to hit on the counter.Both teams played the game in the right spirit and the Dalbeattie centre back was voted man of the match.Credit must go to the Dalbeattie managment team who although dissapointed, were gracious in defeat.
Captain Connor Robb was presented with the cup by League Chairman Lee Steritt, and Lochars thanks go to him, and Match Secretary Mark Phillips for all their hard work on the night, and indeed throughout the season.
Match officialls Referee David Laurie and his assistants Tony Davies and Robert Morrison all had very good games in a sporting cup final.
Would all players,parents,coaches and committee members please note that Stuart Myatt from the under 7's is once again registered for the Daily Record/Sunday Mail Kits for Kids promotion which starts Saturday 13th March.Anyone who can place a box at their work please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.There will be a collecting box in the coaches room at Lochars club house for tokens to be placed.
The committee would like to congratulate all Lochar Thistle Youths AFC coaches for their part in the development of the following kids who this season have moved on or are training with senior clubs Tommy Muir (Queens) Declan Hill (Queens) Dean Brotherston (Queens) Dylan Cairnie (Queens)and Jake Gemmell (Carlisle United).Once again its very pleasing too see Lochar playing our part as a development club.
S.F.A Quality Mark Awards. Hampden Park 12 Nov. 2009
Three of Lochar Thistle's Committee members recently travelled to the National Stadium to receive the Quality Mark from Scotland Legend Kenny Dalglish.
The criteria for the award is split into five sections: Management, Administration, Player and Coach Development, Planning and finally Welfare. A lot of hard work and effort has gone into achieving this award and Credit must go to Trevor Wilson and John Clow for the great work they have done. The club are very proud of this award and it is more evidence how professional our club is.
Scott Findlater winner of the competition.
Below is the first ever Lochar Thistle team, we asked if you could name the year and the players names to win a prize - here are the answers
Back row - left to right: Craig Fleming,Tom Grant, Paul Kirkpatrick, Gordon Graham, Stuart Lane, Casey Morgan, Gary Jamieson & Craig Carson
Front row - left to right: Graham Davidson, Michael McCaullay, Alan Ritchie, Peter Scott, Fraser Wilson, Alan Gordon, Scott Findlater & Paul McDowall. The Year was 1988.
Lochar goes global.. helping kids In Borneo
Under 13 Colts Coach Andy Pirrie's Nephew Greame Wallace recently set out on a 28 day expedition to Borneo spending a week in the remote village of Kampong Monsok. Graham Describes:
"How He lived with a family in their home and the group worked on improvement of the village hall. We painted a mural, built and put up shelving and planted trees to improve the area around the hall. During our week we had a great time with the children from the village, playing games, reading books and playing football. Most evenings we played football against the village team who play in a local league against other villages. They love their football and beat us every time. At the end of the week the villagers held a celebration for us which included traditional music, dance and food. We presented them with the football strips from Lochar Thistle along with books and pencils for the school. They were delighted with the strips as you can see from the photograph of the kids"
The Committee are delighted that kids many thousands of miles away have benefited from some of our Kit. A big Thank You Goes to Greame & Andy for organising this.
Under 17s League Champions
Congratulations to Lochar Thistle under 17's for retaining the Rydale Cup.
The match against Heston Rovers was held on Friday 15th May 2009 at the Crichton, and ended with a result of 4-1.
Under 13s win cup final
Lochar Thistle under 13's beat Annan Colts 4-3 in extra time in the Dumfries and Galloway youth league cup final.
The game was played at Terregles and was a fantastic advert for under 13 football. Well done boys.
Blackburn Trip 2009
The annual end of season trip this year took in the Blackburn V West Bromwich Albion match on Sunday 24th May where the kids received two hours of football coaching from Blackburn's community coaches. For those of you who don't know this trip is run as a thank you to all the boys and girls for their commitment when representing Lochar as Queen of the South ball boys and girls. The trip is also run for the under 13's who take a weekly fee to fund the trip.
2010/2011 Under 11's Teams
Back row: Colin Gilston (coach), Steven Carmichael (coach)Travis Kelton, Ross Thompson, Jake Broadfoot, Jed Wardrop, Daniel Hewitt, Ross Stevenson, Ryan Dawson, Colin McBurnie (coach&shirt sponsor) Phil White(coach) Jojo Williamson(coach)
Front row: Dylan Adamson, Aiden McBurnie, Harris Maxwell, Kieren McGuire, Levi White, Arran Sloan
Back row: Colin Gilston (coach), Billy Robertson (Billy's Power Tools strip sponsor), Russell Williamson, Lennox Handley, Liam McLarty, Rhoridh Wallace, Even McMahon, Mitchell Graham, Mikenzie Hammond, Lewis Haining, Jojo Williamson(coach) Phil White(coach)
Front row: Cole Hastings, Jack Hastings, Euan Kirk, Finlay Corson, Owen Bartram, Dom McMahon, Andrew Slinger, Ryan Nish