Alloa Athletic Manager Paul Hartley releases 4 players from the squad. Martin Grehan, Mark Docherty Blair Munn and Ross McCord.
The manager and club would like to thank the players for their commitment and help moving the club forward. Also leaving the club will be Calum Elliot who had already signed a pre contract with Livingston.
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Alloa Academy finished runners-up overall at the at 8th annual Forth Valley Disability Sports Athletics Championships, which took place at Grangemouth Sports Stadium last week.
A total of 116 primary and secondary aged pupils from across Forth Valley took part in the championships with Clackmannanshire represented by 48 pupils from Lornshill Academy, Alva Academy, Alloa Academy and Lochies School with an amazing medal count.
This was a record secondary school entry from Clackmannanshire. As well as the terrific medal tally Alloa Academy also took the runners up trophy for overall school.
Education, Sport and Leisure Convener, Councillor Ellen Forson said: “The event saw some fantastic athletics throughout the day with the best athletes qualifying to the national championships in July.
“Pupils from Clackmannanshire did their schools and the county proud. They performed fantastically well and gave it everything with some amazing results. There was a real team spirit amongst the schoolchildren. They did superbly well.”
“I would like to commend all the hard work in the lead up to the event, and on the day, by our Sports Development team and the school staff. I would also like to thank Forth Valley Disability Sport for a fantastic day.”
Gordon Banks MP was joined by Clackmannanshire Councillors Derek Stewart, Janet Cadenhead and Kathleen Martin on his latest visit to the Drop-In Food Bank at Sauchie.
Gordon has visited the food bank, run by WISH, The Round Table and Active 8 on several occasions and was keen to get an update on how the operation was progressing.
It was a first time visit for Councillor Cadenhead, who was keen to find out how the food bank operates and also to see the good work of the volunteers at Active 8 who distribute the food on Fridays at Sauchie Hall.
Gordon Banks MP said - “I enjoy meeting the volunteers who distribute the food bags at the Drop-In Food Bank, but it is extremely concerning that in this day and age, constituents in Ochil and South Perthshire and indeed in the UK, have to rely on a food bag on a Friday to see them and their families through.
The 70-plus food bags were handed out in under 15 mins. We have a cabinet of millionaires at Westminster who have no comprehension of the harsh reality of struggling to live on a daily basis.
It’s hardly surprising that I have still received no response from the Prime Minister, David Cameron, regarding my request for a follow-up meeting to my presentation of a petition calling for the numbers of those using food banks in the UK to be counted. I don’t suppose Mr. Cameron is keen for the public to know just how many there are.”
Councillor Derek Stewart said - “As usual the volunteers did an excellent job but it is very sad that there is a need for them to do this every week”.
Councillor Janet Cadenhead said - “I never thought a rich country like ours would see people queuing for emergency food.”
Crime is on the decrease in Clackmannanshire for the second successive year.
Figures released this week show that there was a drop in the overall recorded rate for crimes of 18% compared to the previous year. The reduction in overall crime rates follows the trend from 2011-12. The figures covered the period from 1st April 2012 to 31st March 2013,
The report, the final one during which policing was the responsibility of Central Scotland Police prior to the establishment of the single force for Scotland, was tabled today (Thursday) before Clackmannanshire Council’s Housing Health and Care Committee.
Welcoming the report, Convener, Councillor Les Sharp said: “It is an excellent report and it shows the impact policing is having on taking forward the Community Planning Priority Outcomes, and making our community feel safer.”
In the past year the police service in the area was the responsibility of Derek Penman, the then chief constable of Central Scotland Police.
The downward trend in crimes and offences involving anti-social behaviour, disorder and vandalism continued throughout the year, with a reduction of around 25%.
Councillor Sharp added: “I welcome in particular the drop in the number of incidents of violence. Minor assaults which make up the largest number of acts of violence 659 continued to reduce from the previous year totals of 776 and against the five year average of 674. I also commend the detection rate which has risen to 96% from 90% in 2011/12.”
Crimes of dishonesty went down by 13% with a particular drop in reports of car crime, which was reduced by 30%.
Councillor Sharp went on: “Efforts by the police were directed towards known repeat offenders, with early intervention reducing the likelihood of a series of crimes being committed.”
The levels of crimes of indecency continued to fall with a reduction of almost 30% against 2011/12, with the detection rate increased by 30%.
The number of injuries arising from road collisions in Clackmannanshire has also reduced significantly over the past decade.
The number of young drivers, aged between 17-24, involved in road accidents and the number suffering injury as a result of collisions were both down on previous years. There was also a decrease in collisions and injuries involving motor cyclists.
The number of domestic abuse incidents 713 showed a welcome drop against the previous year 796 and the three year average of 778.
Chief Inspector Stephen Sneddon said: “This report reflects well on the work which Central Scotland Police carried out with Clackmannanshire Council and other local partners.
“However, while the positive comments from the local authority are very much appreciated, Police Scotland will not be resting on our laurels. We will be moving forward building on previous success and focussing on keeping people safe.”
A team of keen gymnasts from Alva Primary and Alva Academy joined over 300 school gymnasts who descended upon Bells Sports Centre in Perth on 18th May for Scottish Gymnastics annual schools Gymfest display.
The Alva team of 29 gymnasts included gymnasts from P4-P7 as well as three of Alva Primary’s former pupils who now attend Alva Academy. They worked hard on the routine for weeks in the run up to the event to perfect it for the big day with the support of their PE Teacher Fiona Lee.
Councillor Ellen Forson, Education, Sport and Leisure Convenor, said: “Gymfest is an annual gymnastics display event run by Scottish Gymnastics. It is a non-competitive, professionally run display festival which aims to promote gymnastics for all and encompasses the sheer enjoyment and appreciation of the sport that so many people have. Everyone is invited to enter Gymfest from the beginner to the advanced gymnast. The focus is on ensuring that all performers have the opportunity to display their talents to their family, friends and other gymnasts in a stress-free and enjoyable setting.
“The team from Alva all did extremely well to entertain the large crowds and had a great afternoon watching all the other performances.”
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Provost Tina Murphy led the congratulations to Alloa Athletic on their second successive promotion.
Provost Murphy, on behalf of Clackmannanshire Council, said: “This is a tremendous achievement for Alloa Athletic and will give a great boost, not only to Alloa but to Clackmannanshire as a whole.
“On behalf of all elected members of the Council I would like to offer our congratulations to the players, the manager Paul Hartley and everyone involved at the club.”
A 3-1 aggregate win over Dunfermline Athletic following the second-leg of the Division Two play-off on Sunday means that the Wasps can now look forward to moving into the First Division of the Irn-Bru Scottish Football League in 2013/14 season.