Links Park Community Trust

Links Park Community Trust was established in 2011 with one very simple goal; to utilise the power and widespread appeal of sport to inspire change.

Using the facilities provided by Links Park Stadium in Montrose, and alternative venues throughout Angus and the Mearns, LPCT are developing and delivering an extensive range of innovative sporting, healthy and educational programmes, each of which are designed to meet identified local need.



Montrose FC Win Best Club In The Community Award

Small in size they may be, but the Mighty Mo have outperformed all other 41 clubs in Scotland, scooping the 2017 Best Professional Club in the Community trophy at the Grass Roots Awards ceremony last night in Glasgow.

The Scottish FA event recognises the outstanding contribution that football clubs, coaches and volunteers make to their communities and there to collect the award from Kenny Dalglish was Peter Davidson (Links ParkCommunity Trust CEO) and John Crawford (Montrose FC Chairman)

Peter said, “I am absolutely delighted to be receiving this award. It is fantastic recognition for all the hard work and dedication from everyone associated with both Links Park Community Trust (LPCT) and Montrose FC.

“When we created the Trust as the charitable arm of the football club just 5 years ago, we simply couldn’t have imagined being considered the best setup in the country so soon. It is overwhelming to be honest.”

LPCT use the facilities at Links Park to deliver an extensive range of community-benefitting programmes, with participants as young as 18 months right through to 94 years of age. Under the strands of Community Sport, Education & Training and Health & Wellbeing the Trust currently engage with over 1,400 local people each week, 12% of the town’s population, with almost an even split between males and females.

John Crawford added, “I would like to thank and congratulate Peter and his team for what they have achieved and brought to Montrose FC. We are now so much more than just a football club and we recognise the role we can play together in supporting the lives, and in particular the wellbeing of those in our community.

Stewart Regan, SFA Chief Executive remarked, “The work of Montrose FC and LPCT is really inspirational, and I commend them for leading the way.”

This prestigious award completes an impressive treble with LPCT having recently been crowned Social Impact Business of the Year (Dundee Courier Business Awards) and, in association with Montrose FC, Community Project of the Year (SPFL Trust).

Peter added, “We are often guilty, as a nation, of immersing ourselves in the negativity that surrounds Scottish football, but there are some fantastic examples of good practice at clubs throughout the country where football is put to very good use, and I am delighted that Montrose FC - and LPCT - have been recognised as the best of such this year.

“We will shamelessly make full use of this fabulous accolade to further promote our work in the hope we can bring benefit to even more people, young and old in our community.”

Our photo shows, from left to right, Peter Stuart (MFC Vice Chairman), Adam McWilliam (LPCT Club Development Officer), Peter Davidson, Logan Cruickshank (LPCT Project Officer) and John Crawford.


Football Committee Members Required

Montrose Youth Football Club, Montrose Ladies Football Club, Montrose Amateur Football Club & Montrose Walking Club all operate under the umbrella of Links Park Community Trust.

Montrose Youth Football Club benefit greatly from having a strong and diverse independent Committee, with individuals undertaking roles such as Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer & Fundraiser amongst others, and we are in the process of allocating these positions to willing individuals within our Walking Football Club also.

We now wish to recruit able, willing and enthusiastic individuals into the same positions for...

Montrose Ladies FC
Montrose Amateur FC

If you are interested in supporting the work of one, or a number of the above clubs, or would like more information, please email LPCT Chief Executive Peter Davidson via

Montrose Amateur Football Club

Links Park Community Trust are currently in the process of developing Montrose Amateur F.C, which, like that of the existing Montrose Ladies F.C, will complete our pathway into the adult game for both males and females.

The aim therefore of both sides is to allow players in our oldest Montrose Youth Football Club teams (boys and girls) to maintain their participation and development at a high a level as possible.

With our ladies team performing very well in their league, we are now seeking players for our NEW men's Amateur team, to compliment those joining us from Montrose Youth FC.

If you are interested in joining Montrose Amateur F.C, please email our Projects Officer via and you may, depending on remaining space in our playing squad, be invited to attend an upcoming trial.

Rising Star

Congratulations to former LPCT & Montrose Youth Football Club player Kieran Thomson on making his competitive debut for Montrose Football Clubthis afternoon in their Betfred Cup match against Hibernian Football Club at Easter Road.


'Just Play' Adult Football

Our recreational football programme for adults over the age of 30, provides a fun, relaxed, and informal avenue for men to retain their love of the game without the need for weekly hall bookings, complicated rules, and fancy strips. Simply just turn up, get put into teams, and play!

This initiative serves to provide both physical and social benefits for adults who may be experiencing long term inactivity often due to injury, illness, and work commitments, or simply for those people who wish to continue to play some form of football, albeit in a slightly more relaxed manner.

Our 'Just Play' Adult Football programme is on every Monday 6.30-8pm at Links Park Stadium, with a suggested donation of £4, and continues on as normal throughout the holiday period.

If this sounds like something that may interest you, then get involved!


Tackling Carbon: Boot Recycling Project

A key feature of our Keep Scotland Beautiful (Climate Challenge Fund) 'Tackling Carbon' programme is our innovative Football Boot Recycling Scheme.

We have been encouraging participants to donate used and/or unwanted pairs of boots, instead of sending to landfill via general waste, and we are in a position to showcase over 70 pairs that we have received and are currently looking for a new home!

As from tomorrow, at our Links Park Soccer Saturday initiative, participants (and their parents) will be able to view and acquire boots, in return for a suggested donation of £5, or, in exchange for another pair that may be now too small, for example.



Lifelong Player Pathway:

At Links Park Community Trust, we pride ourselves in offering recreational, developmental and/or competitive football for ALL ages!

Our Male & Female Football Participation Pathway engages with Boys & Girls from the age of 18 months, up to and including Men & Women in their 70's.

Hampden Success!

Our 5th Birthday celebrations continue...

Links Park Community Trust, on behalf of Montrose Football Club have been awarded 'Community Project of the Year' at the The SPFL Trust All Club Conference!

Our Health Trail, Numeracy Trail, Literacy Trail and Science Trail initiatives, which have been developed and are delivered in association with the Montrose Primary School Cluster, were shortlisted for the award alongside initiatives from Heart of Midlothian FC, Greenock Morton FC and Rangers FC.

Following presentations from each shortlisted club/trust, members of the audience, representing most of the SPFL clubs, voted LPCT/MFC as the winner!

Montrose FC Chairman John Crawford and LPCT Chief Executive Peter Davidson were delighted to collect the award on behalf of MFC and Links Park Community Trust

Montrose Amateur Football Club:

Links Park Community Trust are delighted to reveal plans for the development of a new men's side, Montrose Amateur FC.

We recently established a ladies side, Montrose Ladies FC (Montrose Girls & Ladies Football Club), and they are competing well in the SWF Division 2 East. The side contain players who have very successfully progressed from Montrose Youth Football Club (MYFC) Girls Under 17's.

Montrose Amateur FC will provide a similar route into the adult men's game for those currently playing for MYFC (& Montrose Football Club) boys teams...ensuring a lifelong (male and female) football participation (recreational, developmental and/or competitive) pathway at LPCT, with our youngest footballer aged 1, and our oldest in their 70's.

Having been provisionally accepted by the Midlands Amateur Football Association Executive Committee, we will be notified of the final outcome of our application at their AGM in June.

Furthermore, we do hope to be in a position shortly to reveal yet another strong partnership - with another local football organisation - but also the development of two additional football teams/programmes. Watch this space...

Terrific Trustee(s):

Links Park Community Trust this week picked up The SPFL Trust 'Community Project of the Year' Award at a Conference at Hampden Park.

The accolade was received for our work in raising educational attainment and achievement through the development and delivery of our innovative Links Park Health Trail, Numeracy Trail, Literacy Trail and Science Trail programmes.

Our Trustee Douglas Wood, who involves himself, voluntarily, in the delivery of each of our programmes, ensures that our 'Trails' are reviewed annually, and adapted where necessary to reflect the ever changing needs of our local schools and the curriculum for excellence.

Douglas was delighted to get his hands on the trophy at Links Park Stadium yesterday!!!

'As a Head-Teacher of 35 years, I was delighted to contribute to this fantastic initiative, which combines my two loves, education and sport'

LPCT benefit from having a very strong and diverse Board of Trustees:

Derek Sim, Roy Gill, Brian Rice, Dr Pete Strachan, Tracy Park, Bob McCombie, Nick Bradford and Douglas Wood.


Game Changing!

Our 5th Birthday celebrations and announcements continue...

At a 'Football and Funding' Conference at Hampden Park today, Scottish Football Partnership Chief Operating Officer Stuart McCaffrey announced their support to Links Park Community Trust & Montrose Youth Football Club!

LPCT have been successful in an application to the SFP which will see us receive, for the benefit of our member club MYFC, two CHANGING CONTAINERS with TOILETS and an equipment storage container.

In addition, we have been awarded up to £5k towards their installation.

These units will be placed at Kenny Park, and will be a positive addition to our community football provision, benefitting our players, coaches and spectators alike!


Community Award

We are proud to announce that Montrose Youth Football Club have been awarded with the Scottish F.A. COMMUNITY AWARD at the East Region Quality Mark Awards this evening.

MYFC Chairman Lee Walker and Secretary Stuart Taylor were on hand to collect the award on behalf of all players and dedicated volunteers!

Football Fans in Training

Football Fans in Training (FFIT)

We are seeking new recruits, both male and female, for our respective Football Fans in Training programmes.

Our new programme will start in January 2019!

Contact us for more information at or call 01674 677582.


Mike Brown, who participated in the same programme with Raith Rovers, before and after he took part in the course.

Football Quick Links:

To view our weekly 'Soccer Schools' timetable, click here.

To view our information relating to our popular 'Links Park Soccer Saturday' initiative, click here.

Latest News:

Corporate Partners

We are delighted to announce our new partners have kindly agreed to support our work by way of our Corporate Partnership. Please visit here for more details.


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European Football for Development Network

Links Park Community Trust and Montrose Football Club are presenting at the European Football for Development Network conference in Wolfsburg today!

The EFDN is a collaboration of 'community-focussed' football clubs from across Europe who discuss and plan ways in which the power of football can be used to address the needs of the communities in which they are based. Only four clubs from any European country can join, to ensure that there is a strong representation from all areas, so we are delighted that we will be able to contribute to the work of the EFDN, alongside some elusive partners such as AEK Athens, Manchester United and PSV amongst others. It is hoped that our membership of such a prestigious organisation will benefit and enhance the work we do within sport, education and health locally!


Scottish Football Association Visit

Scottish FA Chief Executive Stewart Regan held his East Region Staff Forum at Links Park Stadium last week. We were asked to showcase some of our programmes as part of the event whereby we showcased our Numeracy Trail, our Literacy Trail and our Walking Football programmes. Project Manager Peter Davidson was then asked to present on the work of Links Park Community Trust, and we believe that delegates were suitably impressed by the extensive range of programmes we have on offer within each of three strands, being sport, education and health. 


Soccer Schools

Our After-School Soccer Schools resume this week. Please click here for our daily timetable


Women's Walking Football

Our second females-only Walking Football sessions starts this Monday (17th) 7-8pm. For more details, click here.


Are you Still Game?

Our new Walking Football initiative has launched. For more information click here.


New LPCT Calendar

Keep up to date with all the events and programmes we offer with our LPCT Calendar!


New Links Park Community Trust AMBASSADOR!

Scottish International Footballer joins LPCT, see who, here!


Train like PELE and lose the BELLY! 

Are you a man aged 35-65 years-old? Is your waist/belly size at least 38 inches? Do you want to lose weight, have a healthier lifestyle and ultimately be fitter?

If so, sign up for our FREE 12-week 'Football Fans in Training' initiative!

Funded by the The SPFL Trust, and delivered in partnership with Montrose Football Club, it all kicks off in February 2016!

Places are limited, so to register, visit NOW!

Listen to Archie MacPherson launch the programme here. Watch a documentary detailing the success of the programme here


Still Game?

Our 'Still Game: Walking Football' project aims to attract those older adults (50+), and in particular men, who retain an affection for the game but do not feel physically able to participate due to the demands of the sport.  'Walking Football' looks and feels like the traditional game, but there is one condition applied to the cannot run!  For more information and to register click here.



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