A member of the Scottish FA’s East regional team is moving into Angus to help provide the county with more footballing opportunities.

Craig Pilon has been working as an office co-ordinator in Dundee for the association, organising the array of football programmes across a region which covers Fife, Tayside, Angus and Perthshire.

His new role, as a football development officer, will entail working for Angus Council to deliver numerous football activities for all age-groups.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time within the Scottish FA East region office and without all the support of the regional manager and his staff, would not be in this fortunate position to be moving onto the challenge that awaits me in Angus,” said Craig.

Craig is a graduate of Sport Science from Abertay University and a qualified football coach. He said he is relishing the prospect of getting back out on the pitch.

"I am excited about putting my knowledge and experience to the test in Angus,” he said. “I hope to share the passion I have for our game with the many organisations, Quality Mark clubs and the army of volunteers that work tirelessly to ensure football continues to cater for people of all ages.”

Scottish FA East regional manager Ian Lowe said: “We have been without a football development officer in Angus for a year but assistant development officer for Angus, Scott Nicoll, has performed a great job over the past year holding the fort and ensuring that participation targets within our key projects were still achieved.

“This is a real chance for Craig and Scott to drive football on together across Angus especially with the new pitch at Station Park, existing 3Gs in Kirriemuir and Montrose, a  breadth of Quality Mark Clubs and an army of superb volunteers.”

Craig added that he believed football in Angus was thriving and looked forward to working alongside Scott Nicoll.

He said: “These are exciting times to be involved with football in Angus and I believe that with the current structure that is in place, in particular through the great work of Scott and his community team, football will continue to thrive throughout the community.

“We are in fortunate position to have 3G facilities throughout the area with the most recent being officially opened at Station Park, Forfar. These great facilities can only help boost the community participation and allow more and more people to enjoy taking part in our sport. “