Support breeds success for companies

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Two weeks ago I mentioned battalion interest in the national BB five-a-side (junior) competition.

Unfortunately no such interest survives in the senior version but as the Scottish finals are to be played in Grangemouth Sports Complex tomorrow (Saturday), the skipper of 8th Falkirk, Paul Mitchell, has agreed to be the referee of the day. Also on football, on February 7 teams from 1st Grangemouth, 3rd Falkirk, 1st Larbert, 2nd Larbert and 1st Polmont competed for the 1st Klass Barbers’ Shield in the annual Battalion Company Section junior five-a-side league tournament. The competition took part in good spirit and was evenly contested with no more than two goals separating any game. The winner was not decided till the very last match of the evening, 2nd Larbert prevailing.

8th Falkirk Company has received two donations from local businesses towards the cost of their new mini-bus purchased in the summer. These in part for small adverts appearing on the bus for 1st Klass Barbers and also Gambero Rosso Italian Restaurant. Good that BB work is acknowledged by such local people.

Speaking of support it’s an opportune time to remind everyone of the next two battalion centenary events. The all-day sports for everyone at the Grangemouth complex on March 10 which will provide a chance for boys to enjoy a variety of experiences but only if everyone ensures such support and so illustrates enthusiasm for the boys in their charge. On Friday, March 2, in Falkirk Town Hall our 12th annual alternative worship event ‘TurnaBBouT’ again for all sections with something for everyone, not least to let off steam with youthful enthusiasm!

On April 23 the new Scottish BB Director, John Sharp, will address the Junior/Company committees at Brightons Church hall. A good chance for many to hear his vision for the BB.