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    Club Statement: Alan Burrows

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    Summer Soccer Camp returns

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    Scotland calls for Academy youngsters

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    First pre-season friendlies confirmed

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    Tartan scarves – second batch due in

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    Betfred Cup fixture information

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    McManus signs extended deal

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    Betfred Scottish League Cup draw

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    Trio agree contract extensions

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    ‘Well extend PSL retail deal

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    Club Statement: Alan Burrows

    Motherwell FC can today confirm Alan Burrows has been promoted to the role of Chief Operating Officer.

    Alan was previously the award-winning Head of Communications for seven years before spending the last two years as General Manager.

    In that time, the 33-year old has worked to oversee all areas of the club, including representing Motherwell at the SPFL, the Scottish FA and the European Club Association (ECA).

    As discussions on another ownership model continue apace, the Board were keen to ensure Alan’s knowledge and experience of the club and contacts in the game were retained.

    He will take his seat on the Board, reporting directly to the Chairman and fellow Directors.

    Chairman Jim McMahon said: “I am delighted that Alan has agreed to take up the post of Chief Operating Officer.

    “I have worked with him for a number of years now and no one is more dedicated to the long-term future of this club.

    “He will be an excellent addition to the Board of Motherwell Football Club.”

    [pullquote]We have lots to do and improve on, but there is also a lot to be positive about. We have a terrific Community Trust, a flourishing Academy system and solid foundation to build on after a fifth-placed finish last term.[/pullquote]

    Alan, who also sits on the Board of the Community Trust, added: “We’ve had a transitional two years at the club, which although has been a challenge, has been very enjoyable.

    “The club is set to undergo some more positive changes, with newly re-organised staffing structure and fresh ideas.

    “We have lots to do and improve on, but there is also a lot to be positive about. We have a terrific Community Trust, a flourishing Academy system and solid foundation to build on after a fifth-placed finish last term.

    “On the park, Mark is working hard to put our squad together ahead of the 2016/17 season, together with some of our emerging talent from Stephen Craigan’s Cup winning Under 20s squad.

    “I look forward to serving on the Board and working closely with the Chairman and fellow Directors over the months and years ahead.”

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    Summer Soccer Camp returns

    Motherwell FC Community Trust will again host their successful Summer Soccer Camp for the seven weeks throughout the school holidays.

    The Summer Camp which takes place at Fir Park Stadium runs regardless of our “Summer Weather”, outdoors in the fantastic Astroturf facilities as well as indoors in the South Stand Gymnasium and is for boys and girls of all abilities aged 5 to 15 years, with the emphasis on positive play and having fun!

    Participants will enjoy a wide range of football activities delivered by SFA Accredited Coaches from dribbling, passing and shooting through to penalty competitions, and small-sided games.

    To celebrate another successful year at Motherwell FC Community Trust we have reduced our prices to only £10 per day 9am to 3pm and £40 for a full week. Half days 9am to 11.45pm and 12.15pm to 3pm are also available at only £6 per session.

    Week 1: Monday 4th July – Friday 8th July

    Week 2: Monday 11th July – Friday 15th July

    Week 3: Monday 18th July – Friday 22nd July

    Week 4: Monday 25th July – Friday 29th July

    Week 5: Monday 1st August – Friday 5th August

    Week 6: Monday 8th August – Friday 12th August

    For information and booking, call: 01698 239 926 or visit our booking website at: www.motherwellsoccerschools.com

    What We Provide:
    Warm ups and reaction games Technique training including passing, dribbling, shooting, turning, attacking and defending
    Fun games to practise techniques
    Small sided matches
    Penalty Competitions
    Expert coaching from our fantastic MFC Community Trust Coaches
    Supervision for the day including lunch and breaks
    Promotion of a healthy lifestyle for young people
    MFC Community Trust promote fair play, respect, discipline, and anti bullying
    Players are coached according to their age and ability

    What To Bring:
    Football kit or tracksuit, or shorts/joggers and t-shirt Football boots or training shoes
    Goalie gloves (if applicable)
    Packed lunch Plenty to drink (not fizzy drinks)
    Sun cream *Warm, waterproof clothing in case of inclement weather
    Any medication (Please note we are unable to administer medication)

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    Scotland calls for Academy youngsters

    Four of Motherwell’s Elite Academy prospects have been included in the Scotland U15s squad gathering later this month.

    Goalkeeper Jamie Stevenson, defender Sam Duncan and forwards Jamie Semple and Kyle Connell have been named in the squad get-together at Airdrie on 21 June.

    The gathering is split into two groups with only the Old Firm clubs having more representatives in the ‘AM’ squad than the Steelmen.

    Academy Director Scott Leitch commented: “We are delighted for the four boys who have been named in the squad gathering and wish them all the very best with the session.

    “This is another indication of some of the great work that goes on with our coaching and scouting staff within the Motherwell Academy. There are some really strong prospects at various levels who all have a chance of getting similar sort of recognition to the four lads this month.

    “Our aim is to be amongst the very best Academy’s in Scotland, a place where parents and players know their children will get the best possible coaching and care, with a clear and obvious pathway into professional football and, hopefully, the first-team squad.”

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    First pre-season friendlies confirmed

    The club has confirmed four of six pre-season friendly matches scheduled for July 2016.

    The following games have been agreed between the clubs:

    Saturday 2nd July 2016
    vs Albion Rovers
    Cliftonhill Stadium, Coatbridge
    Kick off: 3pm

    Tuesday 5th July 2016
    vs Cowdenbeath
    Central Park, Cowdenbeath
    Kick off: 7.30pm

    Saturday 9th July 2016
    vs Dumbarton
    The Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium, Dumbarton
    Kick off: 3pm

    Sunday 10th July 2016
    vs Hibernian
    Easter Road, Edinburgh
    Kick off: 3pm

    There are two additional games still to be penciled in (most likely on Sunday 3rd July and Tuesday 12th July, but may vary slightly). We hope to announce these matches as soon as they are confirmed.

    Admission information for the above fixtures, and the League Cup Group Stages, will follow shortly.

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    Tartan scarves – second batch due in

    The feedback on the new Official Motherwell Tartan and the limited edition 25th Anniversary Scarf has been excellent with the first run of these limited edition scarves now sold out.

    The next run of scarves is about to enter production, so PRE ORDER yours now – it would make an ideal Father’s Day gift and if you order now we can have the voucher out to you in plenty of time for Sunday 19th, priced at £25.  

    Please contact the Club directly on 01698 333333 or you can buy online from motherwellbuyonline.co.uk

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    Betfred Cup fixture information

    Fixtures for the Betfred League Cup Group F fixtures have now been confirmed.

    The fixtures are:

    Saturday 16th July 2016: Motherwell vs Rangers (3pm) Live on BT Sport

    Saturday 23rd July 2016: Annan Athletic vs Motherwell (3pm)

    Tuesday 26th July 2016: Motherwell vs East Stirlingshire (7.45pm)

    Saturday 30th July 2016: Stranraer vs Motherwell (3pm)

    The group stage uses the traditional three points for a win and one point for a draw model however all drawn matches will go straight to a penalty shoot-out whereby the winner of the penalty shoot-out will be awarded a bonus point.

    The eight group winners and four best runners-up progress to the Second Round, when they are joined by the four UEFA qualifying clubs and the competition reverts to traditional knockout format. The competition concludes with the Betfred Cup Final at Hampden Park on Sunday, 27 November, live on BT Sport.

    Ticket information for each of the matches will be confirmed shortly.

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    McManus signs extended deal

    Stephen McManus is the latest player to pledge his future to the club, signing a new two-year deal.

    The 33-year old former Scotland skipper, capped 26 times by his country, joined ‘Well in 2013 and has gone on to play 124 games in three seasons, scoring five goals.

    In that time, ‘Well have twice qualified for the top-six, including finishing second in 2013-14 and played in European football in 2014-15.

    The former Celtic, Middlesbrough and Bristol City defender also plays a part in the club’s Elite Academy, coaching the Under 17s alongside Keith Lasley.

    [pullquote]I enjoy the coaching and the people around the place are great. I’m looking forward to hopefully what will be another successful two years.[/pullquote]

    Speaking to motherwellfc.co.uk, McManus said: “I’m delighted to be staying at Motherwell as I have thoroughly enjoyed my three years at the club.

    “I enjoy the coaching and the people around the place are great. I’m looking forward to hopefully what will be another successful two years.”

    ‘Well boss Mark McGhee added: “Stephen has been excellent and we’re extremely pleased he has agreed to stay with us, as we know he had offers from elsewhere.

    “I firmly believe we were able to develop some of the talented younger players like Ben Hall because of his and the other experienced lads’ influence.

    “He has the knowledge and ability and will continue to be a huge asset for us. I look forward to working with him again in the coming seasons.”

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    Betfred Scottish League Cup draw

    Motherwell have been drawn to face Rangers, East Stirlingshire, Annan Athletic and Stranraer in the group stages of the Betfred League Cup.

    Fixture information will be announced next week.

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    Trio agree contract extensions

    Three Motherwell players offered deals are the first to put pen to paper, extending their stay at Fir Park by another year.

    Goakeeper Craig Samson, youngster David Ferguson and striker Craig Moore are all confirmed to be part of the squad for 2016/17.

    Samson, 32, has previously been involved with the Scotland set-up and has nearly 350 senior career appearances. Included in that was two outings for ‘Well last year, where he helped his side to two wins against Hearts and Ross County with some vital blocks.

    20-year old David Ferguson, centre back in Motherwell’s Youth Cup Final victory over Hearts, has also signed on for another year. Ferguson, who has played six times in the Fir Park first-team, has enjoyed short-term loan deals at Alloa, Annan and Airdrie.

    Striker Craig Moore is another who has enjoyed a successful loan period. Having been injured the season previous to last, the 21-year old spent last year at Ayr United, firing 14 goals in 23 league starts.

    He has also spent time on loan at Cowdenbeath back in 2013; netting seven in 11 starts for the Blue Brazil.

    Mark McGhee said: “We’re pleased to have the first of our business complete in what will no doubt be a busy summer.

    “Sammy [Craig Samson] was superb all season long and only failed to get in because of Connor Ripley’s form, but I have faith in him.

    “Craig Moore has been fantastic for Ayr and we’ve been watching him regularly. He’ll come back in pre-season and make a strong pitch to be a regular for us.

    “David has also been out on loan and his performances there and with the Under 20s are deserving of a deal. Like Craig, he’ll start pre-season with us to stake a claim to be a regular at Motherwell.

    “We’ve still in advanced discussions with several other players and hope to conclude deals shortly.”

    In addition, Under 20s players Jack McMillan and Ross MacLean have signed on for another year, with Under 17s Jordan Armstrong and James Scott last night signing professional contracts that will commence this summer.

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    ‘Well extend PSL retail deal

    Motherwell FC is today delighted to announce it has extended its contract with long-term retail partners PSL Ltd.

    The agreement extends a partnership this is almost fifteen years old, with Alan Provan and his team continuing their excellent service from the ‘Well Shop in the Cooper Stand and online at motherwelldirect.co.uk for the next three seasons.

    Speaking of the new agreement, General Manager Alan Burrows said: “PSL are second to none in this market and we are delighted to have came to an agreement to continue what must be one of the longest-lasting partnerships in Scottish football.

    “The new deal means Motherwell FC has the potential to earn more than ever from our retail agreement, with a healthy percentage of every single product sold coming straight back to the club.

    “So fans buying from the ‘Well Shop, or online at motherwelldirect, do so in the knowledge that any time they purchase anything, Motherwell FC directly benefits.”

    [pullquote]We’ve worked together for 14 very enjoyable years now; we have a strong relationship with the club and its supporters and look forward to the new challenges which lie ahead.[/pullquote]

    PSL Managing Director Alan Provan added: “We would like to thank the Motherwell FC Board for inviting us to continue in our capacity as ‘Official Retailer’ for the club.

    “We are delighted to have agreed a deal that will extend our partnership for another three years. We’ve worked together for 14 very enjoyable years now; we have a strong relationship with the club and its supporters and look forward to the new challenges which lie ahead.”

    Motherwell will showcase their new 2016/17 Macron kits as soon as possible. Keep check on the club’s official website / social media channels for updates.