APACHE DEAL HAS HELPED TAKE COVE’S YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME UP TO THE THE NEXT LEVEL
COVE Rangers head of youth development Gary Hake has thanked Apache North Sea for their backing this season.
Cove pulled off a major coup by securing leading oil gas exploration and production company Apache as their Youth Development Partners.
Patricia Paterson, Executive Assistant of Apache, presented Cove with the kits their youth sides will now wear ahead of last Monday's under-17 League clash with Formartine United at Balmoral Stadium.
Gary said: "I can't emphasise enough how valuable the partnership with Apache is to us.
"Thanks to their generosity we are among the best equipped clubs at youth level.
"They have allowed us to take things up a level.
"Their support will also help us take in the best coaches and players to ensure Cove can continue to produce their own first team players of the future, which is something the club has also prided itself in."
Cove's u17 side celebrated in appropriate style by beating the Pitmedden youngsters 3-1, with goals from Cameron Carnie (2) and Conan Kennedy.
That brought Carnie's tally to 16 for the season, which included five in a victory over Huntly.
His strike partner Arthur Morgan has also been in great form, he netted five in a win over Turriff United.
Gary said: "We are very pleased by the way those two are progressing.
"I'm also happy with the way the team is performing at the moment.
"They had a good win away to Formartine in the Scottish Youth Cup, we go to Fife to play Kelty Hearts in the next round next month.
"We are also up to second place in the league, so there is a lot to be encouraged by so far."
Cove are also doing well in the Aberdeenshire League and are at home to Buckie Thistle tonight, 8pm.
"We've been helped in that by being allowed to include a few of the first team squad to give them some game time," said Gary.
"It's good experience for the younger lads to have been able to do that."