Linlithgow Rose Community Club recently celebrated its first anniversary with a training evening on the hallowed Preston Field turf.

Over 40 kids from the club’s 2001 age-group were given the opportunity to train with the first team.

In attendance was Provost of West Lothian Tom Kerr.

He said: “I was fortunate to attend the Linlithgow Rose Community Football Club training evening last week at Preston Field.

“It was so encouraging to see the enthusiastic turn out of young people, coaches and senior players from Linlithgow Rose.

“The growth of this organization from a small group of parents to the 400 strong membership of young girls and boys can only be good for Scottish football and the future.

“My congratulations go out to all the coaches, parents and the committee of Linlithgow Rose.

“They deserve to be supported because we have something that is good for the young people andthe community.”

The Scottish FA has helped the club become an integral part of the town’s community.

It is a holder of the governing body’s Quality Mark Community Level award – a programme run by the Scottish FA which assists clubs across the country in reaching their aspirations.

David Drummond, regional manager for the Scottish FA in the south east, said: “The joining of BFC Linlithgow and Linlithgow Rose has been fantastic for football in the town.

“They have already seen an increased membership in their youth section and nights like tonight demonstrate how the club are really working together.

“These young players will remember this night for a long, long time and I'm sure many now have aspirations of running out here as a first team player in the years ahead.”