IN THE DUGOUT | Latest Column | November 15th, 2014 | MORE than a Sports Club.
By IAIN KING, Head Coach, BSC Glasgow Lowland League brought to you in association with Sport Careers www.sportcareers.co.uk
MORE than a Sports Club.
A nod to Spanish giants Barcelona where the motto Mes que un club – More than a club – has inspired generations of devotion to the team that is the beating heart of Catalonia.
Tonight BSC Glasgow will celebrate their 10th birthday at a glittering dinner in a West End hotel.
Craig Young and I feel privileged to be attending with our coaching team and the players of the Scottish Sun Lowland League squad.
I found it fascinating to delve into the story of the club and the decade of work Steve Prince and Kenny Moyes have put into BSC.
Two months into the job as Head Coach here I have found an environment that, believe me, is rare in Scottish football.
We have been supported superbly from the younger teams we have engaged with to the tireless George Fraser who has ensured we have settled into the task of driving the club’s top team forward.
When we had the interview for this job I was posed the question: “Where do you see yourself as a coach two years from now?” The answer was simple. “Here”.
All Craig and I have ever wanted in our coaching lives is stability and to be somewhere where the people behind us believe in what we are doing.
We feel we have found it here. It has been a frantic two months bringing in a new training regime, reshaping the squad, forging forward with sponsorships, beginning to build for NEXT season.
The enforced winter shutdown that two postponements on the spin bring gives you a chance to draw breath and reflect.
Plans are now well underway to have the squad and playing structure the way we want it to move forward in 2015.
The process of getting to know the coaching family throughout the club is also underway.
We train closely alongside the Under-21s whose keepers recently enjoyed a session with our Goalie guru Andy Goram.
Craig has been involved with the Under-15s, we have four players from the hugely promising 2001s set-up coming in to bid for a place in the SYFA Scotland Development Programme I oversee.
It’s just the start, though, there is so much to celebrate on what is a landmark weekend for everyone in the BSC family.
Yet I hope too there is now a new-found determination to write the next chapter.
When we arrived here I felt like we were on the outside looking in on someone else’s dream, I don’t now.
No-one can dictate the results our team will have, we are showing signs of real promise now and our aim remains to gun for glory in the Cups and construct a title-challenging side for next season.
What we can assure you of now is that the Lowland coaching team will endeavour to help the BSC family whenever and wherever we can because we sense that every effort we make at this club is truly appreciated.
If you’re coaching or playing this week, good luck, if the dinner is your destination we will raise a glass to you.
The guys who penned that motto on the BSC crest are right. More than a Sports Club.
Iain King, Head Coach, BSC Glasgow Lowland League