Sunday 21st July 2013

WHILE the first team squad have been busily getting ready for the challenging season ahead, Dumbarton’s youth squads have been in training too, preparing the stars of tomorrow.

In season 2012/14 the Club will continue to work with the pattern started last term: under-13s under-14s, under-15s and a dual age group at under-16/17s level.

The youngsters have already completed some nine sessions in the pre-season period, under the watchful eye of Head of Youth Development, Tony Gervaise (pictured).

“Everything is going well and we are looking forward to the coming season as much as the senior squad,” comments Tony.

A local man, the new youth boss brings a wealth of experience with him.

As an ex-pro, he made over 150 appearances for our county neighbours Clydebank FC over a seven year spell at Kilbowie.

After retiring as a player he became an assistant coach for the Bankies, helping them reach the Scottish Cup semi-finals in 1990.

In 2004 Tony Gervaise became Head of Youth Development at the SFA, and in 2005 he took over the Scottish under-15, under-17 and under-19 girls’ sides.

He has been heavily involved in UEFA development and also worked hard to become a UEFA Pro-License holder – a real accolade.

Tony McNally, a coach with the Sons under-15s, adds: “We are into the third week of pre-season training with the youth squads now, and the players have been great.”

Dumbarton FC is grateful to all who support, equip and sponsor our youth sides. We wish them all the best for the new season, and we will be following their progress carefully.

Simon Barrow

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