Holemasters back Maggie’s

Holemasters are proud to announce that Maggie’s Cancer Care will now feature on the back of the Airdrieonians FC home shirt for the forthcoming season.

Rather than have our logo on front and back we decided to work in conjunction with the charity and Airdrie FC to come up with a programme that will not only boost Maggie’s profile locally and nationally, but also help strengthen their funds which are needed to keep the centre open.Holemasters with Maggies

Fundraising Manager Gayle Cobain explained more about the charity. “A diagnosis of cancer brings with it tough questions, exhausting treatment and difficult emotions that can range from isolation to loneliness. This affects not only the person with cancer but their friends and family too. Maggie’s Lanarkshire provides free practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer and their family and friends. Maggie’s is here for everyone and anyone affected by cancer, offering a program of support that has been shown to strengthen physical and emotional wellbeing.”

Built on the grounds of Monklands Hospital, Maggie’s Lanarkshire is a warm and welcoming place with professional staff on hand to offer the support needed for people affected by cancer to find their way through illness. The calm and tranquil setting is a place to find practical advice about benefits and eating well; a place where qualified experts provide emotional support; a place to meet other people or simply to sit quietly with a cup of tea.

Centre Head Lorrie Forsyth said: “Everyone at Maggie’s Lanarkshire is hugely grateful to Airdrie FC and Holemasters for their amazing support. The awareness and funds they raise for Maggie’s will help enable to us to continue to support the thousands of people affected by cancer who come to Maggie‘s Lanarkshire every year seeking our help. We are really excited to welcome the Airdrie team to Maggie’s Lanarkshire at Monklands Hospital, a place which is calm, uplifting and inspiring – for everyone with cancer and their families and friends too. It cost approximately £2,400 per day to fund Maggie’s Lanarkshire, and we rely on the kindness and generosity of people and companies to ensure this range of support can be offered to anyone affected by cancer.”

David McArthur from Holemasters has been a massive driving force behind the unique initiative. He said: “Having both back of strip sponsorship and main front sponsorship, we were able to use this opportunity to be able to showcase Maggie’s Lanarkshire this season”.

“It’s an incredible facility to have in Airdrie and I know the work they do helps so many people. It’s only right that in turn we help them as much as we can.”

Commercial Manager, Douglas Allsop, from Airdrie FC explained: “While there is little that Scottish football teams can do financially to support charities like Maggie’s, we can most certainly offer a platform to boost awareness, and offer a vehicle for them to promote events throughout the year.

“While the logo will hopefully receive a lot of attention in the press over the season, they (along with St. Andrew’s Hospice) will also receive programme and trackside space. Boardroom spaces will be given to them to auction off at their fundraisers, and we will also be setting out a programme of events at the Centre where the players and staff from the club will visit to offer support and help.

I was delighted that we had two Airdrie fans who are Centre users at the launch. 76 year old Joe Marshall – who has been following Airdrie since the 50’s and is still a season ticket holder, and Lynsey Caldwell, who was a very close friend of the late Mark Allison who featured on the strips last season as a mark of respect.

“It was Mark’s association with Maggie’s which has started the whole idea, and I am sure he would be delighted.”

Lynsey added: “Mark was full of personality and had a zest for life. He had an ability to get things done and didn’t just talk the talk, he walked the walk too. He was pro-active in his support for Maggie’s and felt that a relationship with his football club would be a huge leap forward in building awareness of the work that they do”.

The new strips will be on show for the first time this Saturday, when Airdrieonians take on Alloa at Excelsior Stadium, kick off 3:00pm.

Holemasters announced as main club sponsor

Holemasters Scotland Limited have stepped up their current sponsorship deal with Airdrieonians Football Club by becoming main shirt sponsor in addition to their current two year deal with the club.

Holemasters are a nationwide Concrete Cutting & Diamond Drilling Specialist and have certainly drilled deep to support the Diamonds. The deal is for 17/18 with an option for 18/19 and under the new sponsorship deal Holemasters will become the main home shirt sponsor as well as retaining the ‘back of shirt’ sponsorship deal currently in place.

Airdrie Front SponsorThis gives the Diamonds the boost and security they need as they start the new season.

Chairman Jim Ballantyne said: “Holemasters came on board last season on the back of the shirt and the relationship has been developing ever since.

“It is a fantastic forward thinking company that operates across the whole of Scotland therefore the football platform can match that coverage.”

He continued: “However, the company also takes its social and community responsibility very seriously and this investment also falls in to that category.”

David McArthur of Holemasters said: “As a local company we take great pride in the fact that we sponsor our local team.

“Having already been half way though our initial deal with the club we saw an opportunity to boost our image further and to show our commitment to the club.

“We have enjoyed our involvement with Airdrieonians but when we realised the challenge the Club was facing, it was not a difficult decision.”

With the Diamonds just missing out on promotion last season they go forward with the ambition of building on last season’s success.

Holemasters branding will debut on the home shirts and additional branding will be seen around the stadium from Saturday, 12th of August for the Ladbrokes League One match against Arbroath.

For further information, contact:

David McArthur
Holemasters Scotland Ltd
david@holemasters-scotland.co.uk
0845 467 1500

Jim Ballantyne
Airdrieonians FC
jim.ballantyne@airdriefc.com

Airdrieonians ‘Diamond Sensory Room’

Holemasters are pleased to donate resources for Airdrieonians ‘Diamond Sensory Room’.

Airdrieonians have become the first football club in Scotland with a sensory room at home games, allowing children with Sensory Process Disorders such as autism to attend matches in comfort. The sensory room is the brainchild of the club’s commercial manager Dougy Allsop and one of the Youth Academy coaches Stevie Burr. Stevie has a son with autism and approached Dougy to see if anything could be done.
The Airdrie Supports Trust have been trying to raise money to equip the room and Holemasters are happy to help. With a donation of brand new projector and toys we hope this will benefit all who use the room.

Airdrie fan Mary Brogan has also set up a Justgiving page, and is encouraging anyone who can to make a donation. Mary and her son Arran benefitted from the generosity of the Airdrie fans last year, when they came together to create a dream garden for Arran.

Jasmine Turner – European Championships

Holemasters are delighted to announce we are supporting Jasmine Turner who recently qualified for the ITF Taekwon-Do Championships in Liverpool this year.

At only 12 years old Jasmine Turner from Chapelhall is the youngest female to be selected to represent Scotland at the European Championships 2017. This year the competition will be held in Liverpool. Jasmine, who is a 1st year pupil at Caldervale High School in Airdrie, has managed to achieve a Black Belt in May 2016 after taken part in the martial art for 4 years – what an achievement!

JasmineAlthough the sport is well recognised there is very little funding available and even less funding is available for young competitors. As you can imagine the financial burden placed on families is quite extensive, considering competitors have to buy two sets of kit (Blue and Red), travel to the venues and stay at the venues to name a few.

So we decided to get on board and make sure there was no issues for Jasmine as she represents Scotland at the Championships.

We wish her all the very best and we’ll keep you updated on her progress!

Competition Winner

Congratulations to Craig Barr who was picked as the winner of the signed shirt competition that we ran during the match against Albion Rover on the 2nd of January. Craig was picked from the hat by Airdrie player Kevin Schmidt before the match against East Fife.

Also up for grabs was vouchers to spend at the Airdrie Trust shop. Coming in second was David Hendrie who wins a £25 voucher and third place was Margaret Harbison who grabs the £15 voucher. Both names were also picked from the hat by Kevin shortly before kick off.

Well Done to those winners.

An email will be send shortly with details on how to claim your prize!

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Holemasters dig deep to back their local team!

Holemasters are delighted to announce we have signed a two year deal with Airdrieonians Football Club to sponsor the back of the home shirt.

Commercial Manager for the club Douglas Allsop said “They are a great example of a local company who has done well nationally, and I believe that this is the start of a long lasting relationship with them”.

Having already invested in the club with trackside boards behind both goals Jim McArthur, Managing Director, said “This is an exciting two year deal with ourselves and the club. We wish them the very best and we’re behind them all the way.”

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Craigpark Colts win again!

Craigpark Colts under 13s are celebrating winning the Central Scotland FA League B title after dropping just six points all season.

Having taken their first season of 11-a-side football in their stride, they now play at a higher level and the team’s secretary, Stuart Caulfield was delighted with the progress made this season.

“As a team we ended the league with the best defensive record, best goal difference and finished the league unbeaten, this is a great achievement which was achieved by the boys playing as a team  throughout the whole season and when things got tough the boys and coaches stuck together and ultimately won through” he told Youth Football Scotland.

Not only did they triumph in the league but the Craigpark also impressed in the cup competitions as well beating the likes of Airdrie and Giffnock Milan in the Scottish and Regional Cups and Caulfield singled out that match against Milan as one of the highlights of the season, saying “The Milan game in the Regional Cup was one of the highlights of the season. In that game we defended well and attacked in numbers and ultimately won a closely competed game”.

But of course, it is the league that is the bread and butter for all youth football clubs, and a victory against title rivals Rosebank proved crucial in Craigpark’s league triumph.

“The decisive games where the ones against Camelon away, Rosebank at home and Lenzie” Caulfield said.

“In all these games the boys performed great and got the results required. Against Camelon and Rosebank the boys dug deep and pulled out the performances that saw us take all 3 points. Against Lenzie at home the boys went down 1-0 early on with a debatable penalty but this spurred the boys on and they then produced a magnificent foot balling display which resulted in us winning 8-1. At the end of the game the Lenzie coach commented “you gave us a footballing lesson there”.

Caulfield believes that the teamwork has been the key for Craigpark this season, especially when the team has found things difficult on the park.

“The boys have learned that they win and lose as a team. When times get hard you need to rely on your teams mates and keep fighting. I think they have grown in stature and confidence throughout the season and now believe they are capable of competing and winning against any opposition, which is what the coaches have known all season” he said.

It was that teamwork and togetherness throughout the Craigpark team that has been most impressive for Caulfield. While some teams rely on a single player or two to pull the team up a level, a strong defence, a coupled with a natural attacking instinct have laid the foundations for the Craigpark’s success.

He said “I think the whole team have performed fantastic. All starts show that we finished the top goal scorers and with the best defence in the league but this are due to the team as a whole and not individuals. So I would like to give every single player a special mention and encourage them to continue their form into next season”.

It hopefully will not be the last of Craigpark’s success and they have already turned their heads towards next season, even dreaming of Scottish Cup glory.

“Our ambition for next season is to continue to play some great attacking football. We will be in a higher league which will result in us player better stronger teams. I am sure the boys will manage with the stronger challenge. Ideally we would love to compete in the league and have a long run in the Scottish Cup and Regional Cup. It would be fantastic to see the boys lift the Scottish Cup next season” Caulfield said.

So the bar has been set even higher and judging by this season’s success, the 2015/16 season could bring yet more joy to the players at Craigpark.

Champion Success

reece2Holemasters would like to congratulate young racer Reece Dawson who was recently crowned the Scottish Motocross Federation 65cc Champion of 2014!

What a fantastic achievement. With some sponsorship from Holemasters we are very pleased that Reece was able to achieve this and we look forward to hearing from him in 2015, as i am sure that there will be more of the silverware to come.

Once again, Well Done Reece!