In the last two weeks, the club has attended due-diligence meetings in relation to joining the East of Scotland League. It’s still the opinion of the club that this is the only way to secure the clubs long term future, and may I once again state that this is a view endorsed by all at the Club. Our first team management and players, our youth development coaches, players & parents alike, have been coming forward in great numbers showing support for us undertaking this journey into the Scottish Football pyramid. Furthermore we’ve had so much encouragement from our fans. People that were once following us and hadn’t been to our games for a while are starting to come back out to see us at Carmuirs Park. We’ve also had a great response from the local community and businesses have been in touch to see if we need any help and funding through sponsorship. The support has really been overwhelming!
Camelon Juniors are moving forward and there is a real buzz around the Club at the moment. People are engaged with what is happening here. May I also add that the Club has secured investment for the journey ahead too. We currently have a team of local businessmen who are ready to stand with the club through this period of transition and beyond. The Club will also lean on their expertise when it comes to securing our club licence from the S.F.A.
I also understand that some people do have concerns about us moving, so allow me to clarify the most common questions we’ve encountered:
1) Will the club change it’s name?
No it won’t. We’re proud of our Junior heritage and our name will never change. Argentina’s Boca get away with it too!
2) Will attendance be affected?
Currently the average attendance for this season is 95 so it’s hard to imagine how crowds could possibly be smaller with several Junior Clubs moving over too. There are an estimated 14 Junior Clubs moving over – 4 of them we already play against and they have come to Carmuirs Park in good numbers this season. Kelty are averaging much higher attendances since they made the switch last summer and their chairman has recently testified to the benefits of EoS.
3) Will this affect the use of the ground?
The club has a new twenty year lease on the ground and it won’t be affected by changing leagues. If anything we will have more resources to improve our Facilities. Being part of EoS gives us a level of support from the league committee and it’s club members, plus they can assist us with grant applications and funding requirements. Currently we receive no help or support for ground improvements from the Junior Association.
4) Will there be more travel involved?
No. We currently travel to the Dundee area and beyond several times a season. We’ve looked at the teams potentially involved in our league and estimated traveling times are just the same if not less.
5) Will we not have any local derby matches?
I gather that some local Junior clubs have applied and also that others who didn’t apply for next season are submitting applications for the following season. We will have 2 competitions to compete in next season in which we can draw East Stirlingshire too.
Moving on, I am also pleased to announce the club will hold its AGM in the last week of July. Could members please update their postal details via email or by contacting a member of the committee, in order that financial accounts and other papers in relation to the AGM can be sent out in advance of the meeting. Please note only verified club members will be able to attend and vote at this meeting. Social Club members (due to it being a separate organisation) are not eligible to vote at the AGM, although the club would be happy to meet with them to outline our plans for the future of the football club.
Additionally, Club Members are invited to an East of Scotland presentation evening on Tuesday the 24th of April at 7.30pm in the sponsors lounge at the football club. If you are a Club Member, Coaching Staff, player or youth parent you are invited to this meeting.
We will also host a fans forum in May, so that supporters can be updated on progress of the club licence, SFA membership and playing matters. We hope to make this a quarterly occurrence so that fans are able to be part of the clubs thinking and strategy going forward.
If any member or supporter has any questions about the future of the club, they can get in-touch as our door is always open.
Chairman, Camelon Juniors FC