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Melville helps out new Midlothian youth football team

The newly formed side, set up as a pathway team to link the club’s pre-school academy with the older Arniston age groups, received a £750 donation that has been used to buy training equipment including balls, goals, cones and bibs.

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A new Midlothian youth football team, set up by Gorebridge-based Arniston Rangers Youth Football Club (ARYFC), is celebrating the purchase of vital equipment following a £750 donation from leading social landlord Melville Housing Association.

The newly formed side, set up as a pathway team to link the club’s pre-school academy with the older Arniston age groups, received a £750 donation that has been used to buy training equipment including balls, goals, cones and bibs.

Andrew Cranston, Chairperson of ARYFC, said: “On behalf of everyone at ARYFC I would like to thank Melville Housing for their continued support.

“Assistance and funding from organisations like Melville make a massive difference and plays a big part in helping the club to develop young children, increase health and fitness and teach crucial skills for life. This benefits not just our young people but also the wider community.”

Melville Housing and ARYFC, a registered charity, have a relationship stretching back to 2008. During that time Melville donations have helped fund an all-weather pitch, a defibrillator, match day strips as well as training equipment.

John McMorrow, Melville Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to be able to help out this new ARYFC team as part of our continued sponsorship.

“We’ve had a long-standing relationship that goes back to shortly after the club was formed and during this time we’ve been delighted to see the enormous progress made. I’ve no doubt, seeing the enthusiasm of Andrew and his team, that the future looks very bright indeed. We will continue to watch their progress with great interest.”

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