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EKFC Announce Plans To Bring Senior Football To East Kilbride.

20-Sep-2012

East Kilbride Football Club announces plans to bring senior football to East Kilbride.

On Friday evening, at the clubs third annual sportsmans dinner, EKFCs director of football Iain King announced that the club hopes to be playing in the South of Scotland League (SSL) from the beginning of season 2013/14.

It would see the Kilby come up against the likes of Dalbeattie Star and Threave Rovers, while also throwing up the possibility of inclusion in the early rounds of the Scottish Cup.

The club plan to play their first matches at the 400-seater K-Park in Calderglen, with matches in the following season likely to be played at a proposed new stadium at a site near Langlands Golf Club.

Considered to be a level above the juniors, the SSL is grouped alongside the Highland League and East of Scotland League as the countrys top competitions outside the senior ranks.

And EKFC are set to take a huge step towards the dream they set out when they were founded in May 2010 to become the towns first professional club.

Backed by an impressive development structure which incorporates 30 teams and 650 players from Fun Fours level all the way through to a womens section, an amateur side and an additional support needs team EKFC are well equipped to take the next step.

With the structure of Scottish football set to change in 2014, a new pyramid system would see a Highland and Lowlands League operating as a feeder system into Scotlands senior divisions.

And EKFC have been advised that the South of Scotland league will give them the chance of entering the Lowlands system, in turn, giving them a route to senior football.

There is, of course, a long way to go before that but the club will be putting an initial document to the SSL in the next month to get the ball rolling towards their inclusion in the 2013/14 set-up. And for EKFC chairman, Mike Peden, it is a watershed moment.

He told us: The application to have a side in the South of Scotland League comes following talks with the SFA on the best way forward for a club of our stature now.

We feel this will give young footballers in the town a goal to shoot for, changes are coming in the structure of Scottish football and EKFC need to take the next step forward to ensure we are ready and in the correct position in the set-up for the way ahead.

That means looking to have a side in the South of Scotland League in season 2013-14 and truly beginning the quest to put East Kilbride on the football map.

The first two years of the rebirth of East Kilbride Football Club have been hectic and the growth rapid to the point where we now have 30 teams and over 650 registered players.

We have moved forward with our Player Development Programme and making morning training sessions available to our players. That initiative has been funded by a thriving project with Can Do Recycling with aluminium cans that has worked wonders for us.

Meanwhile, as the club lodge their application for the SSL, they are edging closer to Community Club status with the SFA.

Development coaches Iain King and Rudi McKenna, Mike Peden, Andy Taylor, Gary Simpson from the 2001s and 1996 Golds coach Graeme Mullin, travelled through to Dundee on Sunday to land the key Physical Preparation course qualification as they continue their football education.

Elsewhere, club secretary Dave McKenna, joined disciplinary officer Hugh O'Neill at a Hampden summit for Quality Mark clubs as EKFC forge ahead.

McKenna added: With our Sportsmans Dinner being on the Friday night it was a hectic weekend for everyone at the club but a really rewarding one.

We are very close now to landing Community Club status and the coaches are working very hard behind the scenes to improve their football education for the good of the players.

We are moving forward on so many fronts at the moment but it's great to reflect on the progress we have made in ladies and girls football and with our additional support needs section as well as reaching into the local schools with our training programmes.

Everyone at the club sees the next step as Phase Two of our development and we won't rest in the months ahead.


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