Youth & Community

Youth & Community

Welcome to the Ross County Football Club Youth & Community pages. All the latest news and information on the Club's various youth and community coaching programmes, holiday coaching programmes, match day activities and opportunities and our wider community activities can be found here.


These pages will regularly be updated with news about the Club's Mini Kickers, Soccer Centres or Summer Coaching Programmes; information on how to become a Match Day Mascot or attend our extremely popular Match Day Club; and with updates about the Club's work in the wider community with Age Scotland, Alzheimer Scotland, the SPFL Trust et al.

RCFC COMMUNITY NEWS
 
Nov 10, 2015
Calling all Staggies!
Ross County is calling on all supporters to join Staggies for Maggie’s, a 5-mile sponsored walk to raise funds for Maggie’s Highlands, the charity which offers free practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer and their family and friends from across the Highlands and Islands.
The Staggies Walk for Maggie’s will take place on Saturday November 21 ahead of our game against Motherwell and everyone who takes part will receive a free match-day ticket.
To get your sponsorship pack please contact Andrew.Benjamin@maggiescentres.org or call 01463 706302.

 

Nov 9, 2015
Football Memories going strong
The Football Memories group that is held from 3:15–4:30pm on the last Wednesday of every month in the Community Pod at the stadium is going from strength to strength.
This fantastic initiative is a collaboration between Ross County and Alzheimer Scotland. The Football-based reminiscence project specifically uses photography and props to spark discussion amongst participants. The group also works to increase the level of awareness and understanding of dementia and people who live with it. For more information contact Charlie on 01349 860 862.

 

Nov 3, 2015
Soccer Centre is here
Our Soccer Centre programme will return next week, with eight centres running throughout the school term in Dingwall and Inverness. Monday to Wednesday sees us at the Highland Football Academy in Dingwall for a range of centres including Monday at 4-5pm for 5-8 year olds; 5-6pm for 9-12 year olds; and Tuesday 3:30-4:15pm for those aged 3-4 years of age. Wednesday sees us host a Girls Only Centre from 4-5pm.
Friday sees us at two venues in Inverness: Drakies Primary between 3:30-4:15pm for 3-4 year olds and the 5-8 years of age group will be at 4:15-5:15pm. We will be at Inshes Primary School between 6-7pm for 5-8 year olds and between 7-8pm for 9-12 year olds.
Courses cost between £16-20 per person. We are currently offering a 50 per cent discount on all Soccer Centre course prices per extra sibling. To enquire please call the Community team on 01349 860 862

 

Nov 2, 2015
Tesco fundraising bag-pack
The Ross County Youth players will be doing a bag pack in Tesco Dingwall on Saturday November 14 & Sunday November 15 to raise fund for The Ross County Football Club Foundation. In addition to the bag packing there will be a raffle with numerous great prizes. Tickets for the raffle will be on sale in store at Tesco in Dingwall from Thursday November 12.

 

Nov 1, 2015
Music Box
The Music Box is an exciting new project we are running at the club. We are looking for children from the age of 11 to 18 years of age who are in foster care or residential care who would be interested in coming along to learn more about music. There will also be the opportunity for participants to make a piece of music during the project. For more information call Amy on 01349 860 862.

 

Oct 26, 2015
Girls football is back
Girls Football is back. The new course starts on November 11 and runs until December 9. Classes will be held between 4-5pm at the Highland Football Academy.
This course is for girls from the age of 5 – 12 years old and costs just £20 per person for the entire course. For more information and to book call Amy on 01349 860862 or email: Amy.Gibb@rosscountyfootballclub.co.uk

 

Oct 25, 2015
Youth Football Scotland
Ross County Football Club were delighted to invite a budding reporter (Sean Selkirk) and photographer (Rebekah Selkirk) from not-for-profit social enterprise, Youth Football Scotland, to cover our recent Development Squad game against Hamilton Academical.
Sean produced an excellent match report and Rebekah took some great photographs. We look forward to working with YFS again and providing opportunities for their young reporters and photographers to gain experience in the world of sports media. You can check out the fruits of their labour at www.youthfootballscotland.co.uk/

 

Oct 19, 2015
Train Like a Pro: 3rd edition
Train Like a Pro was back for its third edition this week. The three-day Training Camp saw kids involved in two training sessions per day. Before and after each session kids were fuelled with sport specific nutrition to help them throughout the session as well as aid recovery after. Following on from each afternoon session the kids took part in some team building exercises, fun games as well as having the chance to go through a video analysis session with our Video Analyst Fraser Gorman.
Throughout the three days kids also had the chance to meet the first team players and management team. To enquire about future courses lease call 01349 860 862 to speak to one of the team.

 

Oct 18, 2015
Orkney Success
Our Youth and Community coaches delivered a three-day holiday coaching course in Orkney on October 12-14. Participants, who ranged in age from three to 15 years of age, received two hours coaching each day. “It was a very successful three-day programme with the kids participating in a variety of different skills and small sided games,” said Youth & Community coach, Charlie MacPhee. “All the kids seemed to enjoy it and each participant received a Ross County goodie bag. We would like to extend a special thank you to Pentland Ferries for their continued support to the coaching programme.”

 

Oct 17, 2015
Match Day Buddies
LGOWIT are delighted to be working in partnership with Ross County Football Club to support isolated individuals who: (1) have a long-term conditions (2) live in Ross-shire and (3) wish to attend the ‘Staggies’ home matches. The initiative is part of a bid to increase levels of social interaction and improve their wellbeing.
Tray Shaw, LGOWIT community networker, said: “The aim of the football buddies programme is to target individuals from across Ross-shire, who have an interest in football, but for whatever reason are no longer able to attend games. The benefits of social interaction are well documented and the evidence now shows that the mental health and wellbeing of those attending improves.
“While we have enough buddies to accompany the individuals at the game we are looking for volunteer drivers who are willing to offer transportation to home games, so if you are a season ticket holder with space in the car and are willing to help, please get in contact.”

For more information please contact Tracy Shaw on midross@highlandtsi.org.uk or 07454950401.

 

Oct 16, 2015
Community Club Project
The McDonalds Community Club Project is a new initiative which will see the club work individually with the coaches of Inverness Clachnacuddin FC / Merkinch FA for approximately six months. This will cover such things as in-services on the 4s/7s and 11s; positive coaching; mentoring; match analysis and club planning. The project is in association with McDonalds, who part-fund the programme.

 

Oct 15, 2015
FFIT is back!
Football Fans in Training is back. This is a popular programme for men aged 35–65 who want to lose weight and have a healthier lifestyle. Starting on the 26th of October, the programme will run for 12 weeks and there is room for new participants.
For more information or to sign up please call Amy Gibbs on 01349 860 862.

 

Oct 14, 2015
Ladies March On…
A massive well done to Ross County Ladies who won their game with Caithness last weekend. Caithness are one of the teams that the ladies have struggled against in the past so to win 6–3 was a great result. Things are looking up and the team is well on track for entering the league in March.

 

Oct 13, 2015
Orkney Holiday Programme
Our Youth and Community coaches delivered a three-day holiday coaching course in Orkney on October 12, 13 and 14 for children aged from three years of age right up to fifteen years. Participants will get two hours coaching each day as well as plenty of small-sided games.

 

Oct 12, 2015
Soccer Centre dates confirmed
We have confirmed dates for our next Soccer Centre community coaching courses. The after-school courses for ages 3–12 year olds will be held at Dingwall Highland Football Academy on Mondays (Soccer Skill Centre & Creative Player Centre), Tuesdays (Mini-Kickers) and Wednesdays (Girl Only Centre) from November 9 to December 9. Courses cost between £16-20 per person.
Weekly courses at Drakies Primary in Inverness for 3–8 year-olds will be held every Friday (Mini-Kickers & Games Centre) from November 13 – 27 and cost £12 per person. Courses at Inshes Primary School for 5-11 year-olds will also be held on Fridays (Soccer Skill Centre & Creative Player Centre) from November 13 to December 11 and will cost £20. We are currently offering a 50 per cent discount on all Soccer Centre course prices per extra sibling.
Additionally we have a number of spaces still available for match day activities such as the Matchday Mascot and Club Visit Experience.

 

Oct 7, 2015
Highland Youngsters with Diabetes visit
The Club was delighted to host Highland Youngsters with Diabetes at our recent home game at the Global Energy Stadium against Inverness Caledonian Thistle

. Everyone had a great day and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

 

Sept 28, 2015
Train Like a Pro is back!
Our incredibly popular Train Like a Pro course is back for a third edition! Running from the 19th to the 21st of October the course lets children between the ages of 7 – 15 years old emulate the professionals. With eight hours of activity at the Highland Football Academy, including coaching, special guest coaching, activity sessions and other fun, this is the ultimate training experience for young players. Participants are also provided with breakfast, lunch and dinner each day, which starts at 9am and runs until 6pm.
The Train Like a Pro course costs £60 per person and is limited to just 50 places so book now to avoid disappointment. Please call 01349 860 862 to speak to one of the team and book.

 

Sept 27, 2015
Football Fans in Training is coming!
After spending two days training at Hampden last week with the SPFL Trust, Amy Gibb will soon be introducing a FFIT – Football Fans in Training –  course at the Highland Football Academy.
This 12 week training programme is aimed at men aged between 35 – 65 years old who want to lose weight and have a healthier lifestyle. If you would like to enquire please contact Amy on 01349 860 862.

 

Sept 26, 2015
Women’s Football update
We are pleased to report that Girls Football is going from strength to strength at the club. The Ross County Ladies train every Tuesday night from 6.30pm – 8pm at the football pitch in Conon. We are getting a great turnout but new players are always welcome.
The team played Brora Rangers Girls last Tuesday and have another game lined up this Saturday (opponents and kick off TBC but please check our Twitter feed – @RCFCYC – to keep up to date with this and all our initiatives).

 

Sept 15, 2015
Walking Football kicks off
Walking Football launched last week at the club with help from Age Scotland and NHS Highland. We had 11 to 12 elderly people attend – plus the surprise participation of Ross County’s record appearance maker, Scott Boyd, who came to the launch. Attendees were drawn from the Ross-shire area and everyone was keen to have a go at the slowed down version of the beautiful game.
After they all took part in the activity – which is nearly identical to football but played at a pace to suit the less mobile among us – for a short period of time we got some feedback and it was great to hear that they all enjoyed the session and most will be back next week!
Walking football runs on a Wednesday from 2pm until 3pm at the Highland Football Academy at the Global Energy Stadium in Dingwall. New players welcome!

 

Sept 14, 2015 
Girls Football launches
Girls Football also launched last week with the aim of targeting girls from the age of 6 years old to 12 years old who wanted to come along, learn new skills and play football. We got a great response to the first session, run by Amy Gibb, but would love to see more girls along to the next session.
The Girls Football sessions dovetailed in nicely with the creation of the new Ross County Ladies team. The team, formed whenRoss-shire Ladies and an amateur team from Inverness joined forces, had their first round of matches at the Highlands & Islands Festival in Maryburgh a couple of weeks back. The Club is delighted to support the team whose long-term aim is to enter into a league and also the Scottish Cup.
Girls Football – where the stars of tomorrow can hone their skills and benefit from some first class coaching – is running from the 16th of September until the 30th September from 5pm until 6pm. The course costs £10.

 

Sept 7, 2015
Climate Challenge project
Climate Challenge is a new project that the Youth & Community team have been working on recently. Climate Challenge is funded by the Scottish Football Partnership and involves 14 schools which receives 6 weeks of coaching for primarys 4, 5 and 6 based around climate change.
Each week kids receive 45mins of coaching followed by a short classroom session where participants work through the Climate Challenge workbook. 

 

Sept 6, 2015
Ross County Ladies is born!
Recently Ross-shire Ladies and an amateur team from Inverness joined forces to form Ross County Ladies. The long-term aim of the team is to enter into a league and also the Scottish Cup.
The Club is delighted to support the team, which had its first round of matches last Saturday at the Highlands & Islands Festival in Maryburgh.

 

Sept 5, 2015
Malawian Staggies
Ahead of the home game with Dundee United some teachers and pupils from Malawi paid us a visit. The group were on an exchange with Gairloch High School so some Gairloch pupils attended too and we took them on a tour of the facilities, gave them complimentary match tickets and a free programme.
After the game we presented the group with a Ross County strip to take back to Malawi so it’s good to know there may be a few more Staggies in Africa as a result!

 

Aug 31, 2015
Walking Football has arrived!
Ross County, Age Scotland and NHS Highland are launching a Ross-shire Walking Football Group and are seeking older men in the community who would like to participate. Walking football is a slower paced version of ‘the beautiful game’ but includes all the elements that make football so exciting, including goals, penalties, free kicks…but hopefully no yellow or red cards!
Walking Football enables older people to return to the sport they once loved, and possibly played in their youth, and equally is open to those who have never played but are interested in trying out a new activity that suits their fitness levels.
The first Walking Football Group will be held at the Highland Football Academy in Dingwall from 2pm–3.30pm on Wednesday September 9.

 

Aug 28, 2015 
Mindfulness at RCFC
An eight-week Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy course is being delivered for the first time by the Mid-Ross Community Mental Health Team at Ross County’s new Community Pod. Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations and surrounding environment.
The Mindfulness courses are delivered by Helen Neville, NHS Highland Mid-Ross Community Mental Health Team leader and Fiona Macaulay, NHS Highland Occupational Health Service lead for cognitive behavioural and trauma therapy. 
“We are delighted to be running this course with support from Ross County,” said Neville. We already enjoy a close working relationship with the Club and having this group hosted at their new Community Hub highlights just how supportive they are of our local mental health initiatives.”

 

Aug 26, 2015
Captain discusses Football Memories
August 26 saw the first Football Memories group held at the club. The group, which provides a space for people with dementia to re-live football-related memories is held between 2.30–4pm at the Community Pod on the last Wednesday of the month.
Club captain, Andrew Davies, made a surprise appearance at the first meeting and spent time with the attendees and posed for photographs. It was a great way to kick off the new season!

 

Aug 1, 2015
Community - The Ross County Foundation
Ross County aim to branch wider into the Ross-shire and Highland community after its community department officially became a registered charity.
The Scottish Premiership club’s application to the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) has been successful and now County hope to be better equipped to win funding to kick off a range of new projects to help many types of groups.
Steven Ferguson, Head of Youth & Community, has worked with a number of people to create the Ross County Foundation and he explained why this move has been so important.
“Throughout Scotland and the UK, football clubs are having a charitable arm and we are going that way too. We have always been big in the community and had a number of long-running and successful community programmes, so now after a lot of hard work, we have managed to get a charitable status, the Ross County Foundation, which is important for when we apply for funding is helps us to source funding to help to deliver programmes to the wider community."

RCFC YOUTH & DEVELOPMENT NEWS

Nov 5, 2015
Young Staggies face Morton
After beating Annan Athletic 2-0 away from home in the previous round, Ross County have been handed another away tie, against Greenock Morton, in 4th round of the Scottish Youth Cup.

Full draw:
1. St. Johnstone v Hamilton Academical or Celtic
2. Queen of the South v Cumbernauld Colts
3. Motherwell v Kilmarnock
4. Greenock Morton v Ross County
5. Dundee United v Dundee
6. St. Mirren v Rangers
7. Selkirk or Ayr United v Airdrieonians
8. Heart of Midlothian v Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Ties to be played on or before December 6, 2015.

 

Oct 26, 2015
Development draw with Accies
Stuart Kettlewell’s Development Squad stretched their unbeaten home run to two games with a 1-1 draw with their counterparts from Hamilton last week. Tony Dingwall netted for the Staggies in a game that also saw new first team signings, Alex Schalk and James Severn (GK), get a run out.
County starting XI: Severn, Miller, McLaughlin, Morrison, Ross, McShane, T Dingwall, McLennan, Morrison, Schalk, Holden. Subs: Beeston, Malcolm, Moffat, MacIver, Foden (GK), R Dingwall.

 

Oct 19, 2015
Development lose to Jags
Stuart Kettlewell’s Development Squad suffered a narrow 1-0 loss away to Partick Thistle in last week’s Development League fixture. A young County side including a number of under 17s traveled to Glasgow to take on Partick under the lights at Firhill and despite dominating the game went behind to a Dominic Dochertygoal on 19 minutes.
The young Staggies acquitted themselves well but couldn’t claw the deficit back against a strong Thistle side featuring four first team regulars.
County starting XI: Foden, Miller, McLaughlin, Morrison, Ross, Beeston, Malcolm, McLennan, Morrison, R Dingwall, Moffat. Subs: Tait, MacIver, Clelland, Skinner.

 

Oct 7, 2015
Orkney club visits
Last weekend the Orkney Under 12s attended our home game at the Global Energy Stadium with Inverness Caledonian Thistle. The visitors from Orkney played the Ross County U13s before taking in the first team game. This visit follows hot on the heels of Orkney Under 11s who had a very successful visit at our last home game against Partick Thistle.

 

Sept 16, 2015
Cove Youth Festival
Well done to the Ross County under 11 and under 12 teams who traveled east along the A96 to play in the Cove Youth Festival on Sunday September 14. Two teams comprising 10 players from each age group played a round robin competition against Aberdeen FC, Cove Youth, Portlethen and they all did extremely well.

 

Sept 15, 2015
Narrow loss for Development Squad
Stuart Kettlewell’s Development squad suffered a narrow loss last week to the undefeated Development League leaders, Celtic. The County youths had the best of a competitive first half and deservedly went in front on the half hour mark when first-team regular, Brian Graham, finished coolly from inside the box. Despite pressure from Celtic, Ross County went the break with a one goal advantage.
Celtic came out of traps in the second period but by no means dominated the half despite leveling the scores on 55 minutes through a Derk Boerrigter header and then going ahead on 65 minutes. The game ended 2-1 to the visitors who maintained their 100 per cent record in the league.

Starting XI: Gary Woods, Stephen Miller, James Ross, Sam Morrison, Chris McLaughlin, Darrem Moffat, Ian McShane, Stewart Murdoch, Tony Dingwall, Brian Graham, Greg Morrison.

Subs: Peter Tait, Russell Dingwall, James Beeston, Tom McLennan, Blair Malcolm, Ross MacIver.

 

Sept 17, 2015
National Player Pathway
Last Wednesday the SFA / Ross County Development staff delivered cutting edge content based on the 11 v 11 game. The event formed part of the “National Player Pathway” and is the final step up from the 4s, 5s and 7s small sided game format.
The SFA see these events as an important aspect of the development of both players and coaches across the North of Scotland and it was great to see such interest. If anyone would like any more information on SFA initiatives please contact: peter.budge@rosscountyfootballclub.co.uk

 

Aug 31, 2015
Orkney Success!
Our Under 12s squad won the Orkney Tournament this weekend. This is the third year in a row the young Staggies have won the trophy! Head of Youth & Community Steven Ferguson praised the squad, "The boys were again a credit to RCFC, their families and themselves both on and off the pitch. A special mention to my coaches Charlie McPhee, Jamie McGowan and Jim Kelly who spent the weekend with the squad."

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Aug 24, 2015
Development Squad draws with DUFC
On Tuesday August 18 Stuart Kettlewell’s Development Squad traveled to Glebe Park in Brechin to play their Dundee United counterparts in a Development League fixture.
With a good reputation for developing youth, a tough game with Davie Bowman’s United team was expected but the Ross County Development Squad were more than a match for the Tangerines.
The first half at Glebe Park ended goal-less but County started the second half strong and after Tony Dingwall had twice gone close with two fine long range efforts, Stuart Murdoch opened the scoring on the 64th minute with a bullet-header from 9 yards. Midfielder, Darren Moffat (19), who has just joined the club from Livingston on a one-year contract with the Development Squad, weighed in with the assist.
With the three points seemingly destined to come back up the A9, County were caught out just three minutes from the final whistle by a 50 yard cross-field ball which was fed to United’s Ali Coote who finished well past keeper, Mark Foden. The full time score was 1-1.

 

Aug 1, 2015 
New sponsor for Children’s Academy
The Youth and Community department got a real boost last week when Cub-Bag, the local producer of a new-to-market stylish baby changing bag, kindly offered to sponsor our Children’s Academy initiative for the new season.
This generous sponsorship will help the club to further enhance the initiatives we offer over the coming season, especially as we are able to apply to Sportsmatch who have matched Cub-Bag’s sponsorship.
www.cub-bag.com

Code of Conduct Policy

 

All youth players, parents and coaches at Ross County Football Club must sign up to the code in addition to following the club codes of conduct as follows:

 

PLAYERS

  1. Players should act in a responsible manner and treat all players and coaches equally and with dignity and respect when representing Ross County Football Club.

 

  1. Players should play by the rules – the rules of your club and the laws of the game. Never argue with a referee or other official – without these people you can’t play football.

 

  1. Players should control their temper - verbal abuse of officials and abusing other players doesn’t help you enjoy or win any football games.

 

  1. Players should be a team player – It’s a team game. Treat all players as you would like to be treated – fairly.

 

  1. Players should communicate and co-operate with their coach, officials and team-mates.

 

  1. Players should not use ugly remarks based on race, religion, gender or ability – you’ll let down your coach, team-mates and family if you do.

 

  1. Players should prepare for training and matches as stated by your squad coach. (E.g. time keeping, clean boots, appropriate studs for the playing surface, shin guards, drinks etc.) 

 

  1. As a member of the club you are not permitted to train or play for another juvenile/youth football club (exemption, school, region or national football).  Your coach must be made aware of when you are playing with the school, region or national team.

 

  1. Players should take reasonable care for your own health & safety and that of others who may be affected by what you do or don’t do.  Correctly use all equipment provided by the club.  Not interfere with or misuse anything provided for your health, safety or welfare. 

 

  1. Players should inform their squad coach in good time if they are not available for a match or training session.

 

  1. Players should make every effort to develop and improve their own ability in terms of skill, tactics and stamina. Always work hard and do your very best!

 

 

PARENTS

 

  1. Parents/guardians are very welcome at all training sessions and matches.

 

  1. Parents/guardians should ensure that their child’s coach is informed in good time if they are not available for a match or training session.

 

  1. Parents/guardians are requested to liaise with their squad coach to ensure that their child’s football commitments do not have a detrimental effect on their school studies.

 

  1. Parents/guardians should encourage their child to follow the player’s code of conduct.

 

  1. Parents/guardians are instructed not to coach or shout at any player or official during matches home or away or at any training session.

 

  1. Parents/guardians are encouraged to applaud all aspects of good play and effort from both sides.

 

  1. Parents/guardians expectations of their own team/child and attitude towards other players, officials and supporters can have a significant bearing on the child’s attitude towards the same. A positive and constructive attitude must be expressed to all involved at all times.

 

 

COACHES

 

  1. Coaches are requested to be punctual at all times.

 

  1. Coaches will be respectful to all match officials, opposition players and coaches.

 

  1. All club equipment and kit must be treated with respect and care.

 

  1. Coaches must give the club full details to enable a PVG Scotland check to be carried out on them.

 

  1. Coaches will address players and their parents in a courteous and respectful manner at all times.

 

  1. Coaches should set a positive example promoting fair play to all involved in the game/training sessions both on and off the pitch.

 

  1. Coaches should not result to poor gamesmanship regardless of predicted outcome of the game.

 

  1. Coaches should abide by the laws of the game, and competition rules and participate within the spirit of the game.

 

  1. Accept success and failure, victory and defeat equally.

 

  1. Coaches should make every effort to develop the sporting, technical and tactical levels of the club/team using permitted means with the laws of the game and boundaries of fair play.

 

  1. Coaches should promote all aspects of the clubs equality policy. 

 

 

CHILD PROTECTION POLICY

 

Ross County Football Club is committed to good practice which protects children & vulnerable adults from harm.

 

All staff and volunteers at Ross County accept and recognise our responsibilities to develop awareness of the issues which cause children and vulnerable adults harm.


We will endeavour to safeguard children and vulnerable adults by:

 

  • Adopting child protection guidelines through a code of behaviour for staff and volunteers.

 

  • Ensuring each member of staff or volunteer who works with young players and vulnerable adults receives a copy of this policy document.

 

  • Sharing information about child protection and good practice with children, vulnerable adults, parents, staff and volunteers.

 

  • Following carefully the procedures for recruitment and selection of staff and volunteers.

 

  • Providing effective management of staff and volunteers through supervision, support and training.

 

  • Making a commitment to review the policy and good practice at regular intervals.

 

  • Introducing a system whereby young players and vulnerable adults, their parents, guardians and coaches may talk to an independent person.

 

  • Manage the activities of the Football Club so to minimise situations where the abuse of young players and vulnerable adults may occur.

 

 

Jim Kelly

Child Protection Officer

JULY 2016