Medieval battle set to inspire Stirling’s footballers

21 Aug 2013

Footballers at Stirling’s Bannockburn and Milton Amateur Football Clubs will be inspired to fight extra hard this season, as they’ll be sporting a reminder of one of Scotland’s biggest battles on their team strips.

More than 300 strips have been sponsored by the Battle of Bannockburn site for the 2013/14 season. From August 2013, every player aged 12 and over will sport a strip with the award winning Battle of Bannockburn logo.

Henk Berits, Director of Commercial Services and Marketing at the National Trust for Scotland, said:

“The new facilities at Bannockburn will improve the site hugely, provide jobs and attract visitors to the area. Throughout the works, we’ve been keeping the local community informed and getting them involved whenever we can. Sponsoring these two Clubs is another part of that work to keep them involved. We hope that we can show the contribution the Trust and the new centre can make to the area and encourage folk to come along and learn more about the amazing heritage that’s on their doorstep.”

Pat Griffin, Milton Amateur Football Club founder member said:

 “Milton AFC is proud to be associated with the National Trust for Scotland and the new Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre, which will be a real asset to the Stirling area and local community. Our Club has over 30 teams, male and female, ranging from 5 years old to adult amateur. This is the first time in over 40 years that every team in the club has worn the same strip and we are delighted with it. The players and their families are very pleased with this association and will take pride in it."

Arthur Millar, Bannockburn Amateur Football Club Manager, said:

"Bannockburn AFC is delighted to work in partnership with the NTS to promote the exciting new visitor attraction coming to Stirling in 2014. The excellent football strips provided by NTS will go a long way to ensuring the teams are splendidly kitted out for the forthcoming 2013-14 season. We are also looking to organise a large local Bannockburn-themed tournament to celebrate the end of the season in July 2014, thus creating an ongoing legacy for the area.”

Henk Berits and Robert Marshall, Director of kit suppliers RJM Sports, were there to present the new strips to the representatives from the two Clubs on their first day of training for the 13/14 season.

Robert Marshall, Director at RJM Sports said:

“We are very honoured to have been selected to fulfil a role in this prestigious and historic project for the local area, and wish NTS every success with the exciting new visitor experience at Bannockburn, and both clubs good luck for a successful season and beyond.”

The logo for the Battle of Bannockburn has already picked up three awards, including at the highly-prestigious International Design & Communication Awards in Stockholm.

The identity for the Battle of Bannockburn project, a partnership between the National Trust for Scotland and Historic Scotland, was conceptualised and designed by The Beautiful Meme with consultation from Dalton Maag, the type designers behind the legendary Nokia brand.

The new, state-of-the-art Battle of Bannockburn visitor centre will open to the public in 2014 marking the 700th anniversary of the battle.

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