Since FC Isle of Man first launched, involving the island’s community has been a big part of their ethos.
From bumper attendances to player and club sponsorship, these efforts have ensured the team has been warmly received by the Manx community.
And since FC Isle of Man has finally been able to play in front of the Bernabowl crowd, it has also welcomed some of the island’s junior teams to watch and take penalties on the pitch at HT.
This past week, it was the turn of Governors Athletic’s Young Govs team who, along with coach Karl Hunter, who is also club chairman, were invited along to the game, where they sang their hearts out and took penalties against MT Ted, described as ‘FC IOM’s biggest supporter – literally’.
Karl told Gef: ‘Thank you to FCIOM and to Joanne Cunningham, our treasurer, for making it possible for Govs U9s to meet the players, and for inviting us to the game on Saturday. They all loved taking their penalties at HT. We would like to wish FCIOM all the very best for the future, you’re idols to our kids. Up the Ravens.’
The initiative of giving back to the island’s youngsters, some of whom will hopefully one day come through to play for FC Isle of Man, came from the players themselves.
FC Isle of Man’s Steve Burns said: ‘The players get complimentary tickets for each game but they decided they wanted to offer them up to the junior teams instead. Last week we had Onchan AFC, this week we have Governors and it’s part of the club giving back to the island, which we’ve always said we want to do.’
The club’s next game is on Saturday v Maine Road at the Bowl, kick off 6.30pm.