David Weir returns to help Falkirk’s stars of the future

David Weir with Foundation chief executive David Craig
David Weir with Foundation chief executive David Craig

He enjoyed perhaps the most illustrious footballing career of any Falkirk Bairn in the last two decades.

And now he’s back in his home town to help others reap the benefits of the beautiful game.

Davie Weir was this week unveiled as the first ambassador of the Falkirk Football Community Foundation.

The former Falkirk, Hearts, Everton, Rangers and Scotland centre half has agreed to support the club in its youth development programmes, and in recognition of this the junior academy programme has been named in his honour.

“Falkirk was the first club to give me the opportunity to play professional football and I now wish to give them something back,” Weir said.

“Falkirk is where I am from and I hear regularly from friends and family the difference the Foundation makes in the local community by encouraging more children to play football and supporting young people and adults into employment.

“I am particularly pleased that this has been recognised at the recent SFA Grassroots Awards ceremony when Falkirk were awarded the Best Professional Club in the Community – a fantastic achievement and one which I hope to help build upon.”

Weir (44) grew up in Shieldhill and is currently assistant manager at Brentford. He began his professional career at Falkirk as part of Jim Jefferies’ well-drilled side in the mid-1990s, making 133 appearences from 1992-1996 and winning promotion to the Premier Division.

He would win 69 Scotland caps and became the oldest ever international player to wear the famous dark blue jersey when he turned out against Lithuania in 2010 aged 40.

The appointment of Weir is a coup for the Foundation. Staff and volunteers hope it will lead to increased awareness of its work as well as providing an example to youngsters of a local lad to made it to the very top of professional football.

Foundation chief executive David Craig said: “We are so excited David has agreed to become our ambassador.

“He is held in very high regard by the club, the supporters and is an outstanding role model for everyone involved in the game. He understands the importance of developing children at a young age and is aware of the power that football has to bring lasting change to a community.

“When I spoke with him he had no hesitation in wanting to help out and we are looking forward to bringing him back home to Falkirk in the near future.”

From next year, the junior academy programme will renamed The David Weir Football Centre. where Davie hopes to pass on his knowledge and experience to the coaches and children.