Captain of 8th Falkirk (Bainsford Church) Paul Mitchell had his boys at camp from July 18 to 26 on the site vacated by 7th Falkirk (St James’ Church), alongside ‘Flamingo Land’, near Scarborough. The daily routine of tent inspection at 7 a.m. was followed by prayers and breakfast. Thereafter the usual camp sports and activities took place, mostly out of doors thanks to the wonderful weather. Afternoons made use of the excellent facilities of the adjacent park, the swimming pool and spa. Evenings had the option of enjoying the entertainment on site, allowing both officers and boys to relax, following responsibilities of camp organisation and duties. While the 30 degree temperatures encouraged much water splashing and hosing down, I wonder how newest camper Ollie fared in the heat. The skipper’s dog was no doubt spoiled and fussed over.
Many pictures of the camp have now been posted on the company website www.8thfalkirkbb.co.uk and not surprisingly it seems, for this company, as well as the ‘wet activities’, emphasis too seems to have been on football. Previous captain George Craig, who normally takes time out at camp, this year was unable to attend. Perhaps his role in ‘winding up’ the boys was filled by Richard Greenaway, an officer, back at camp again this year. George, whose life now seems inextricably bound up in football, followed his term on the Board at Falkirk Football Club with a spell doing SFA duties and has recently taken on the role of Head of Football Operations at Easter Road, for Hibernian FC. His job will be overseeing their Academy and player development; which he tells me is just like running a BB Company! Good luck in the new job. My own minimal interest in football is not echoed by my two Edinburgh grandsons who are young Hibs supporters and surprised, to say the least, that I might even be acquainted with a senior member of the Hibs staff!