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Syngenta Juveniles Mark 60th Birthday

Written by  Finlay Smith

Syngenta Juveniles will wear a new badge on their chest next season, to honour the club’s 60th birthday.

The Grangemouth based side will also celebrate the milestone the club with a special anniversary kit when they return to action. 

Michael McQueenie, a member of the executive committee at Syngenta, said: “The new badge is an opportunity for us to modernise the look and feel of the club but also keep the heritage alive. We maintained the lion theme and worked on something that brought us up to the modern day and gave everyone something to be proud of.”

The club was first formed under the corporate name of ICI in the 1960s with the side being set up by four dye factory workers. The team name of ICI remained until the 90s, when the club became Zeneca. The side was renamed once again a decade later in November 2000 and Syngenta Juveniles was born. 

Sixty years on and the Grangemouth outfit has made massive strides in the footballing world, with the club facilitating football for boys, girls and children with cerebral palsy. In addition to that, the club recently created a junior side to give their young players a pathway into the adult game.

Syngenta is a shining example of a community organisation, with dedicated volunteers ensuring they have become the longest running football club in Grangemouth. The club were also awarded the SFA Legacy Quality Mark which is given to sides who have put an incredible amount of effort into their development and have set their sights on becoming the best they possibly can.

None of this could have been achieved without the players, coaches and parents involved, who are all immensely proud of the success the club has enjoyed both on and off the field and are excited to see what the future holds.

Michael shares the excitement for the next Syngenta chapter and said: “We’ve got a really bright future as a club. This period has allowed us to reassess how we operate and remind us how we should look out for each other as much as we possibly can.” 

The national and regional response to the Coronavirus outbreak has paused the club’s anniversary celebrations – but the milestone is still being marked online, with activity across social media channels, and the grand reveal of the new badge has been well received. 

Regular zoom calls have also been held to enable players and staff to come together and catch-up with one another during this testing time.

Michael said: “We wanted to make sure that we looked after our own. We let everyone know we were here to support them and waived fees at a very early stage, as we wanted to alleviate any financial burden this caused. 

“We’re also trying to engage as much as we can with the players and coaches and have been getting the children to send in videos of them doing challenges that we’ve set for them to do.”

Looking towards next season, the Grangemouth club have already made summer signings for their new Juniors side.

Undoubtedly, the club’s marquee signing has been David Smith – the former Hearts youngster who has over 200 senior appearances in the SPFL, for clubs such as Falkirk, Dumbarton and Stranraer.

He will be joined by his younger brother Ian, who was also on the books at Hearts as a youth before spells at Dundee and Stranraer. 

The Smiths will play alongside fellow ex pros Steven Jackson, Kevin McKinlay, and Michael Wallace.

The Junior’s Director of Football, Steven Allison said: “A lot of work has gone into getting the Juniors team up and running in its first season but now it’s time to raise the bar and with the squad we have there’s no reason why we can’t do well next season”.

Michael added: “It’s important for the juvenile players to know that there’s a pathway through to senior football and we’re working together to make the pathway a success”

With the latest major milestone reached, attention is focused on ensuring a bright future for the current generation of Syngenta players across the club’s many teams. 

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