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A Reflection on a Remarkable Visit to Spartans Football Club

Scoring Big in Football and Compassion – Charting a Path for Change from sport"


In the dynamic world of football leadership, every encounter has the potential to leave a lasting imprint. My recent visit to Spartans Football Club and the insightful meeting with their Chief Executive, Dougie Samuel MBE , was not just a meeting—it was an enriching experience that resonated deeply.


As our chair Dr Anastacia Ryan stepped into the heart of Spartans Football Club, the vibrant atmosphere immediately captured our attention. The passion for the sport and the dedication to fostering a positive environment for both players and the community were palpable. It set the stage for what turned out to be a truly inspirational and informative exchange.


The discussions with Dougie Samuel flowed seamlessly, guided by our shared commitment to excellence and the development of young footballers. Despite the distinctiveness of our respective clubs, there was a common thread that bound us—the unwavering belief in the power of football to shape lives.


The exchange of ideas was nothing short of inspiring. Dougie shared Spartans' unique approach to youth empowerment and community engagement, revealing a depth of commitment that mirrored my own aspirations for player development. The mutual willingness to discuss successes, challenges, and innovative strategies created an environment of collaboration.

What struck me most was the emphasis on building a robust community around football. The acknowledgement of community engagement not only as a sustaining force for our clubs but as a catalyst for the growth of aspiring footballers was a powerful takeaway. It reinforced the notion that football goes beyond the pitch; it's about creating a positive impact within communities.


Reflecting on this meeting, I find myself reinvigorated in my commitment to fostering talent and creating positive footballing experiences. The insights gained from Spartans Football Club have sparked new ideas and approaches that I am eager to integrate into our own initiatives.


"It was truly inspiring to witness the passion and dedication that Spartans Football Club brings to their community," I remarked as I left. The echoes of this encounter linger, shaping the path forward. The meeting wasn't just about strategy; it was about building connections and legacies that transcend the game.


As I reflect on this remarkable visit to Spartans Football Club, I am reminded that the transformative power of collaboration lies in the shared journey of players, clubs, and communities. This experience has not only enriched my perspective but has set the stage for potential collaborations and continued growth.


In the realm of football leadership, it's these moments of connection that define our collective pursuit of excellence—a pursuit that extends far beyond the boundaries of the pitch. The visit to Spartans Football Club stands as a testament to the enduring impact of shared passion, shared goals, and the shared commitment to the beautiful game.


Many months later, on a visit to Glasgow i was delighted to get a message from Dougie to advise he was in town for lunch; he visited our football camp and we discussed our plans for the regeneration at Danes Drive in Glasgow.






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