Bo'ness United CFC thrilled by Rangers Soccer Academy visit

During the October school holidays Bo’ness United Community Football Club welcomed Rangers Soccer Academy to its winter home at Newtown Park.

Rangers legend Marvin Andrews with Bo'ness United CFC's Matthew Ballantine
Rangers legend Marvin Andrews with Bo'ness United CFC's Matthew Ballantine

This is the third time that BUCFC has hosted the Glasgow legends, and each time the soccer academy just gets bigger and better. Within hours of the week-long camp going on sale, all 80 spaces had been filled.

On the Wednesday morning, Rangers TV turned up to make a promotional film for Rangers Soccer Academy starring BUCFC’s young players.

On top of that, Rangers midfielder, Kirsten Reilly then took time to come along to Newtown Park, posed for photographs, hosted a question & answer session and also had a kick about with BUCFC’s Under 15s girls

Later in the day, former Rangers star Marvin Andrews popped along to meet the kids.

Centre-back Marvin, who famously won the League Cup and the Scottish Premier League double in 2005, stopped to sign shirts and pose for photographs.

Club Chairman Peter Hay commented: “Rangers Soccer Academy never fails to impress. It creates opportunity after opportunity for the BUCFC kids.

"During this week, the kids have benefited from professional coaching, access to current and former Rangers players, and the chance to star in a promotional video which could potentially be viewed worldwide.

“On top of that, the Rangers coaches returned to Newtown Park late on Tuesday evening to give 26 of our BUCFC coaches their own 90-minute coaching session. That’s something money can’t buy, but we’ve built up a good relationship over the years and I think Rangers recognises how much we invest in the kids of this town.”

Sarah Crawford-Wilkinson, BUCFC’s Communications Director confirmed that this is an area that the club is looking to expand further.

“I know from speaking to local councillor Ann Ritchie that the Bo’ness Primary Schools haven’t been able to play their Challenge Cup this year. If any of the girls that have missed out would like the chance to play with BUCFC, they can get in touch.”