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SELKIRK’S plans for a £50,000 renovation of Yarrow Park have taken another step forward.

Officials from the club met with a team from the Scottish Football Partnership on Tuesday to discuss the funding of two new all-seater stands with a combined capacity of 100, including a disabled section.

And it is hoped Selkirk’s SFP grant application will be passed in the New Year, with work beginning before the end of the season.

Vice chairman Ross Anderson told The Wee Paper: “The seating is needed in order for us to meet new club licensing standards which are coming into force. It would allow Selkirk to continue to play in the Scottish Cup and be included in the new pyramid system.

“The stands we have planned are state-of-the-art and environmentally friendly. They are unusual designs, but would be very impressive.

“We also eventually hope to install floodlights at Yarrow Park.”

In further good news for the club, Selkirk’s application to include a side in the East of Scotland Under-19 League has been approved.

Selkirk will replace Gala Fairydean, who were unable to find a qualified coaching team in take charge of their youth side.

Anderson added: “We are currently trying to recruit a coach.

“It could well be that at first we go in-house and use a coach from within the club. We have spoken to coaches with East of Scotland experience who were interested, but felt that due to the lack of teams in the league it was not competitive enough.

“We are putting together a squad, with players from Gala who were part of its under-19 set up, as well as Hawick and other areas of the Borders, interested in getting involved.”

Selkirk under-19s are due to play their first game on Sunday, November 25, although the venue and opponents have not yet been confirmed. On the pitch, Mike McKinnon has vowed to carry as manager, despite a 7-0 mauling at Lothian Thistle HV last weekend.

Goals from Stephen Anderson (2), Craig Stevenson, Alan McDonaugh, Matthew Costello, Richie Wilkes and Ross Elliot meant it was a miserable afternoon in Edinburgh.

The South Challenge Cup defeat was Selkirk’s third in a row, having conceded 15 goals in the process.

McKinnon said: “I can’t understand why things have gone wrong as pre-season was great and we matched Celtic and Hibs sides who were both better than Lothian Thistle.

“I’m determined to turn it around. If I didn’t think I could, I would think about my position.”

Selkirk host Heriot-Watt University in the Image Printers Cup tomorrow. Euan Pritchard is back in training, but unlikely to start as he recovers from a groin injury.

McKinnon added: “All the uni teams are quick, fit and filled with good players. They also have a good manager in Michael Renwick.

“It can’t get any worse than the Lothian Thistle game, surely.”

Elsewhere, Selkirk Victoria begin their South Cup campaign with a home tie against BAL Division C side St Boswells. The Vics kick off at 1.30pm, with Selkirk’s Image Printers Cup match starting at 2pm.

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