Whitletts Victoria In The Community

By John Dalton

Whitletts Victoria were delighted to run our first summer soccer school last week, open to children from North Ayr.

The week was backed generously by Ayrshire Housing, South Ayrshire Council, Brown Brothers print and design Irvine and McDonald’s, Ayr.

Over 30 children per day attended the Clubs’ FREE coaching sessions that was supported by the generous backing of Ayrshire Housing, South Ayrshire Council, Brown Brothers Print & Design, Irvine and McDonalds, Ayr.

Coach John Kelly and his team, Chris Campbell, Jamie and Scott O’Neill gave the children excellent coaching during the sessions and all the children thoroughly deserved their certificates that were presented at the end of the week-long session.

Club Development Manager Andrew Downie was delighted with the weeks’ events and the response from the local community.

“As a club we are making a major commitment to the local community and are looking to develop a community based programme with the support of individuals and businesses who I hope will continue to support our work in the local community.”

“This is all about the kids and we are already looking at other ventures in the coming months as we look to engage in all aspects where we can provide opportunities for local children.”

South Ayrshire Council Leader Douglas Campbell and Jim Whiston of Ayrshire Housing handed out all the certificates to the kids, all of whom who had worked very hard over the course of the week

Amateurs in Debut Thriller

Whitletts Victoria AFC made their competitive debut in a thriller encounter against Ochiltree at King George V Park.

With eight goals and a sending off the game had everything but Whitletts manager Stevie Glass was left disappointed after he saw his side squander a three-goal lead and only securing a point with a last-minute equaliser.

Vics went into the game minus a number of key players but that didn’t prevent them from sweeping into a three-goal lead. Their debut competitive goal came in the 20th minute from Mick Young after the big striker finished off a cut back from Jordan Baird.

Five minutes later Baird got his name on the score sheet but seven minutes before the break the home side were reduced to ten men when Cuthbert was shown a red card for a last man challenge. That however didn’t prevent Baird from making it 3-0 just a couple of minutes later.

To their credit Ochiltree refused to lie down and just before the interval Gavin McComb gave them hope to make it 3-1 to Vics at the break.

With the extra man advantage, it was all Ochiltree in the second period, boosted by a second goal from Chris Shaw and when Brian Christie equalised for the visitors with 15 minutes remaining, there looked to be only one team going to win the game. Those views looked to be proved correct five minutes later when Gavin McComb scored his second of the game but deep into injury time Whitletts secured a point which over the course of the game they deserved when the unlikely figure of Stevie Kerr headed home the equaliser with the last attempt of a thrilling match

Lee McClymont & Callum Ogston sign up

Two of Whitletts Victoria Youths promising young footballers, Lee McClymont and Callum Ogston have joined Whitletts Victoria on dual contracts.

The 17-year old’s, who were both members of last season’s successful under 19 side, put pen to paper after impressing after coming off the bench during the Ardagh Cup sectional ties. Lee played in the matches against Annbank and Girvan while Callum came off the bench to score Vics second goal at New Pebble Park

Manager Neil Duffy said that both players have a great opportunity to develop their game and make their mark in the junior game

“Lee and Callum have done very well when they have been given the opportunity and I am confident that they have a very big future ahead of them if they continue to apply themselves properly.”

“They still have an awful lot to learn in the game but clearly are talented young players of whom I am expecting a lot from as they continue their development.”

The signing of Lee and Callum, along with the signing of Ali Boyle in the summer, brings to three the total number of players from last seasons under 19 squad to have stepped up to the first team squad and Duffy believes that this is the way ahead for the Club to continue its’ development

“Clubs like Whitletts can’t go out and sign players for big money. We are very limited financially in that respect but we are ambitious to compete at the highest possible level and by investing in young local talent hopefully we will be able to achieve those goals.”

www.lotto4vics.co.uk, sponsored by the Taj Tandoori

There’s a £1700 Jackpot up for grabs in this weeks’ www.lotto4vics.co.uk weekly draw sponsored by the Taj Tandoori

Last weeks’ draw by Maybole Chairman Archie Wotherspoon after Saturday’s match. Archie picked out numbers 14,23,25 and 26.

There was no ticket with all four numbers but there were two consolation prizes to N. Duffy and I. Thomson who both had three of the numbers drawn.

You can play online each week at www.lotto4vics.co.uk or at a number of local shops and businesses where you can purchase a ticket. If you would like to set up a subscription to www.lotto4vics.co.uk or become an agent, please contact Andrew on 07834 903 735

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