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Inverurie Loco Works FC are delighted to confirm several new appointments within the club’s youth system.

Firstly we can confirm the appointment of Ritchie Clark and Gary Jamieson as joint Heads of Youth. Together, Ritchie and Gary will head up the youth football department and work alongside our Head of Football Operations Scott Buchan to oversee the structure and all aspects of the clubs youth pathway, along with looking after the youth loan players at their respective Junior clubs. Ritchie will combine these duties with heading up the coaching team of our U21’s squad.

Ritchie Clark and Gary Jamieson

Secondly we would like to introduce our new youth coaches, Evan Lumsden, Grant Davidson, Stewart Henderson and Barry Marwick. Evan will team up with Ritchie Clark and club captain Greg Mitchell to look after our U21’s squad whilst Grant, Stewart and Barry will work together to look after our U18’s squad.

Commenting on the appointments, Scott Buchan said “Ritchie and Gary are ideally suited to take on the joint roles of Heads of Youth. There is no doubt the amount of work involved to carry out the role in the way we want requires two people and it’s fantastic that we will have the vast experience of Gary, who has been involved with the club in a youth/committee capacity for several years now, along with Ritchie, whose contacts and knowledge of the youth players in and around the area is second to none. Ritchie of course is an ex-Locos player himself having enjoyed successful junior playing days along with playing in the very first Highland League match Locos were involved in.”

Locos Youth Coaches (l-r): Ritchie Clark, Greg Mitchell, Evan Lumsden, Grant Davidson, Gary Jamieson and Stewart Henderson.

“We are further delighted to welcome all the new coaches onboard along with Greg, who has been combining youth coaching with his playing duties within the setup for a few years now. In terms of our youth squads and the players within, our emphasis at the club is the personal and professional development of these players, with a clear pathway through from juvenile football to semi professional Highland League football. We can back that up by looking at our own current first team squad, which is full of players who have been through our system, indeed looking further afield there are numerous players throughout the Highland League who have been through the Locos pathway and we are all delighted to see that. I am confident each of these players would tell anyone that they benefitted from and enjoyed their time, with the Locos youth squads. As a club, we are passionate about ensuring our players receive the right coaching, guidance, advice and opportunities to develop their football abilities along with their personal development. All of the new and existing coaches share these values and bring with them tremendous characteristics and coaching ability, which will only benefit the players they work with”