Books, bookshops, authors and festivals: A literary tour around Perthshire

Books, bookshops, authors and festivals: A literary tour around Perthshire

Perthshire is a creative place. We have a huge number of festivals and an enviable line-up of concerts, exhibitions, galleries, museums, not to mention highly creative people! Books and writers play an important part in our creative scene, so we’d like to take you on a tour of Literary Perthshire, and bring you all the events, festivals, bookshops and bookish places in one place. We hope you enjoy it!

1) Author Events

CPK Libraries, which runs Perthshire’s public libraries, regularly hosts an exciting variety of author events. Here’s what’s coming up this season:

Ann Cleeves with Wildfire

Wed 19th September,
AK Bell Library

Author of the hugely popular Shetland books, now a major TV series, reads from her latest in the series.

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Bill Jones with Black Camp 21

Fri 5th October,
Cultybraggan Camp.

Award-winning author Bill Jones will talk about his latest book, the World War II thriller ‘Black Camp 21’, based on true events, at the atmospheric setting of Cultybraggan Camp.

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David McPhail with Top Secret Grandad & Me

Tue 20th November,
Loch Leven Community Library

A fun, interactive event with children’s author David MacPhail. He will talk about mind maps and how you can use them to plot stories, then discuss his latest book, about Jay Patel and his ghost grandad! Age 8-plus.

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Quintin Jardine with A Brush With Death

Tue 20th November,
Loch Leven Community Library

As part of the Kinross-shire Winter Festival and Bookweek Scotland, best-selling Scottish crime author Quintin Jardine will discuss his final book, in which the now “retired” Bob Skinner investigates the mystery behind a millionaire’s unexplained poisoning.

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Murder Mysteries and Bun Breaks with Robin Stevens

Fri 30th November,
Loch Leven Community Library

Robin Stevens, author of the ‘Murder Most Unladylike’ series and winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in the younger fiction category, talks about detective duo Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong and their latest mystery, “Death in the Spotlight”. Find out why Robin is so fascinated with murder mysteries, what makes a great detective and solve a unique mystery… Ages 9+.

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Crime Writers Gillian Galbraith and Shirley McKay in conversation

Wed 21st November,
Loch Leven Community Library

Shirley McKay, author of the Hew Cullen Mysteries which are set in St Andrews, will be in conversation with Gillian Galbraith, author of the Alice Rice Mysteries.

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In conversation with Jim Crumley and Robin A. Crawford

Tue 23rd October,
Waterstones, Perth

Jim’s latest book, “The Nature of Autumn”, charts the colourful progression from September to November, telling the story of how unfolding autumn affects the wildlife and landscapes of his beloved Scottish countryside.

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Events at Innerpeffray Library

Various dates,
Innerpeffray Library

Enjoy a delightful selection of events in a unique setting, including Alex Nye – “The Art of the Ghost Story”, and “The Course of History: Ten Meals that Changed the World” by Struan Stevenson MEP.

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Literary Analysis course

Thurs 11th October,
Birnam Arts

This is a course for any literary aficionado interested in delving into the fascinating world of analysis. Examine the form and content of poems, classic novels and plays in a relaxed, easy-going class. Gain a greater appreciation of the methodology authors use to convey their goals – the setting, plot, characters and imagery. Bring pen, paper and a love of literature!

Book this course online

2) Bookshops and Exchanges in Perth

Big Dog Books, Perth

Opened in 2016, Big Dog Books is an independent comic book, games, and pop culture shop. Big Dog Books aims to create a social space for kids, young adults – and those old enough to know better – to get away from screens and computers and into a genuine social network.

The Birnam Reader

This compact but well-stocked bookshop is just around the corner from Birnam Arts. The friendly independent bookshop offers a wide range of second-hand books and CDs, all whilst serving delicious coffee and homemade cakes!

Fun Junction, Crieff and Perth

As well as one of the best toy and game selections in the whole county, Fun Junction, an independent, family-run business with branches in Perth and Crieff, also stocks a lovely selection of kids’ books.

Book Exchanges at Blend and The Library

There are free International Book Exchanges at popular coffee shop Blend and at AK Bell Library. Bring a book along, swap it for another that you fancy, and have a coffee while you’re there!

Waterstones, Perth

It’s the national bookshop that feels like an indie – Waterstones has been a feature of Perth’s city centre for over 20 years and continues to attract a loyal reading public. As well as the great selection of fiction, non-fiction and children’s books and toys, Waterstones also plays host to a Scottish Fiction Reading Group on the first Tuesday of every month.

Mustard Seed Book Shop, Perth

The Mustard Seed Book & Gift Shop offers a wide range of Christian books, Bibles and many gifts and souvenirs from around Perthshire.

Oxfam Books & Music, Perth

This is a treasure trove of great-quality, low-priced second-hand books. The stock is wide-ranging, from modern fiction to collectable antiquarian but their main specialism is Scottish material, including books on Scotland and by Scottish authors, from Ian Rankin to Robert Burns.

Pitlochry Station Bookshop

Tucked away in a railway arch at Pitlochry Station is this lovely bookshop full of second-hand treats, including novels, non-fiction, coffee-table tomes, a kids’ corner and much more.
Most books are about £1 and there is a wide selection. On top of all that, the bookshop raises thousands of pounds for six diverse charities.
Find out more about this bookshop in our Day Out to Pitlochry article!

The Watermill & Homer, Aberfeldy

The Watermill & Homer is a hugely popular bookshop, gallery, café and design-led homeware store, on three floors of a converted oatmeal mill. Opened in 2005 by Michael Palin, it was awarded UK Independent Bookshop of the Year in 2009. There are regular events – Edinburgh author Alexander McCall Smith is a regular visitor – and a lovely mix of books, gifts, music and a kids’ section.

3) Book Festivals

Bookmark Festival

5th – 7th October 2018

Bookmark returns to Blairgowrie, Rattray and The Glens for its sixth year, with more authors and events to delight the audiences. The founding principle of this festival is to foster and encourage a love of literature in all its forms by sharing a passion for reading and writing in a friendly, inclusive environment. This year, authors featured include Denise Mina, Allan Johnson, Isla Dewar and a special event celebrating 100 years of Muriel Spark.

Kinross-shire’s Winter Festival

Oct/Nov/Dec 2018

Kinross-shire’s Winter Festival is a celebration of exciting community events from the end of October to December. There are always great author events – this year’s selection includes Ann Cleeves, writer of Shetland and ITV’s Vera and “Murder mysteries and bun breaks” with Robin Stevens (see Author Events, above).

Winter Words Festival

14th – 17th February 2019

Winter Words is the perfect way to enjoy the last days of winter (and celebrate the first signs of spring) amidst the spectacular landscape of Highland Perthshire. Taking place each February at Pitlochry Festival Theatre, the festival brings in well-known and distinguished artists from around the world for over two weeks of stories, songs, and workshops.

Those bookish good folks at Birnam Arts and The Birnam Reader have put their heads together and come up with a festival of sheer brilliance! Join us in Birnam, along with a stellar lineup of writers, speakers and musicians, to celebrate a wealth of words, certain to warm your heart and brighten up your November.
Follow Perth City Centre and The Birnam Book Festival on Facebook to be the first to hear about the line-up!

3) Bookish Places to Visit

AK Bell Library, Perth

This fantastic library is a lively creative hub for Perth and Perthshire, offering all the lending services you’d expect but also a rich archive, a packed calendar of events (see Book and Poetry Events, above) and a café and gift shop. It’s one of the venues you can visit as part of Perth Doors Open Day, taking in a Behind the Scenes and Treasures tour and visiting some areas not normally open to the public, including a rare chance to see behind the scenes in the Council Archive. There are two guided tours; booking is essential.

Beatrix Potter Exhibition

Beatrix Potter had a long and fruitful relationship with Birnam and Dunkeld. While in Scotland, Beatrix wrote a “picture letter” which provided the basis for her first book The Tale of Peter Rabbit. This charming Beatrix Potter exhibition invites you to step back in time and immerse yourself in the world of a Victorian classroom, put on your own puppet show featuring Peter Rabbit and friends or experience a wash day in the style of Miss Tiggywinkle!

Innerpeffray Library

Innerpeffray Library is Scotland’s oldest free, public lending library: a museum where you can literally touch the past. At a site steeped in history from Roman times to living memory, the Library offers visitors a hands-on, unforgettable experience of Scottish heritage.

In its tranquil rural setting by the River Earn, you can travel back in time and explore the books, the people and the story of Innerpeffray. See Author Events for what’s on in this beautiful place.

John Buchan’s house, Perth

Did you know that Perth is the birthplace of John Buchan, legendary author of The 39 Steps and many other thrilling adventure novels? A plaque at 18/20 York Place (currently the home of Mindspace), commemorates his service as Governor General of Canada, but on Sunday 30th September you can visit as part of Perthshire’s Doors Open Days.

Quarto Press, Coupar Angus

The Quarto Press is a “private press”, run for fun, not profit. Housed in a converted 19th-century cottage and wagon-shed, there is a working traditional letterpress facility that uses hand-set metal and wood type in the way that printing was done from the 1450s to 1900. Also contains a collection of small presses and specialist items used by printers. You can visit on most days (phone ahead) or as part of Doors Open Day 2018.

Royal Scottish Geographical Society Visitor Centre

Visit the Fair Maid’s House, home to the Royal Geographical Society’s Visitor Centre, where you can “navigate” to the stylish explorers’ library, or the Cuthbert Map Room if you’re an atlas fan. There’s also a very exciting opportunity to bring a fantastic new book to life, by pledging to order a copy of The Great Horizon, a collection of 50 fascinating adventure stories from the last 150 years, retrieved from the RSGS archive.

Soutar House

Born in 1898 in Perth, William Soutar is known as one of the greatest poets Scotland has produced. On Perthshire’s Doors Open Days, Soutar House in Perth’s Craigie area is open for viewing – this year it’s on the 29th September.

There are also two William Soutar Perth Walks that start at the Fergusson Gallery and take you through Perth City Centre or through and around Craigie where Soutar lived. Walking guides are available from the A K Bell Library, the Tourist Information Centre and the Fergusson Gallery. Find out more about this fascinating poet and his work on the William Soutar website.

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Taste of Perthshire Food Festival – 63 @ Parklands Competition

Taste of Perthshire Food Festival – 63 @ Parklands Competition

Fancy winning a seven-course tasting menu and a bottle of wine for two at 63@Parklands? 

Parklands Boutique Hotel with Dining has always been renowned for its fantastic food and this summer they’ve stepped it up once again with the appointment of a new Head Chef, Stuart Black, and the launch of a new tasting menu concept at their two rosette restaurant, 63@Parklands.

To celebrate the launch of the Taste of Perthshire Food Festival, we have teamed up with 63@Parklands to bring you this brilliant prize worth over £100! All you have to do is simply click the button below and enter your email address!

Get another bite of Perth and Kinross as Cake Fest returns

Get another bite of Perth and Kinross as Cake Fest returns

After a deliciously spectacular inaugural event in 2017, Cake Fest Perth and Kinross is back for a second ‘slice of the action’ in 2018 as part of the annual Winter Festival celebrations.

Bakers of all abilities, from beginner to expert, are again being invited to take up their wooden spoons and contribute to this year’s event, by reproducing their favourite building or place in Perth and Kinross in cake form. Each sculpture will then be placed on an edible map of the area, created throughout the day by Cake Fest head baker Simon Preston.

The grand unveiling of Cake Fest 2018 will take place on Sunday 18 November 2018 as part of the Perthshire Feast event in Mill Street and Horsecross Plaza. Once complete, and after an opportunity for the public to view the eyecatching cake map, it will then be sliced up and shared with festivalgoers.

New for this year, Cake Fest will feature a redesigned, larger map and will celebrate a range of local events and anniversaries, such as the 150th anniversary of Perthshire Rugby Club. Looking back even further into local history, the Cake Fest map will also be
inspired by an ancient tradition which was banned in 1577, when Perth bakers last paraded to celebrate St. Obert, the patron saint of their trade.

Bakers taking part can choose a landmark they love to be temporarily immortalised in cake or select from a list which includes:

McDairmid Park
Loch Leven Castle
The Scottish Crannog Centre
Huntingtower Castle
Perth City Hall
Fergusson Gallery
The Tower on Kinnoull Hill
Perth Racecourse
Perth College
Perth Museum and Art Gallery
Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery
Elcho Castle
Ossian’s Hall
Taymouth Castle
Drummond Castle
Smeatons Bridge
North Inch Park
Blair Castle and Hercules Garden
South Inch Park
Glenturret (Famous Grouse) Distillery
Dunkeld Cathedral
Scone Palace
Innerpeffary Library
Perth Concert Hall
The Gleneagles Hotel
Pitlochry Theatre
Queen’s Bridge
Perth Playhouse
General Wades Bridge and the Black Watch Monument
Birnam Oak
Atholl Palace Hotel
Enchanted Forest
Perth Leisure Pool
Balado Golf Ball
A K Bell Library
Glenshee
Perth Cenotaph
Perth Grammar School
Beatrix Potter Garden
St Matthew’s Chruch
St John’s Kirk
Black Watch Castle & Museum

If you don’t have a Gmail account, please just email your Name, Phone numebr and the building you would like to bake to simon@cakefest.org.uk

A Day at the Black Watch Museum

A Day at the Black Watch Museum

The Black Watch Museum in Balhousie Castle in Perth is a must for anyone interested in military history. The museum has been situated in the castle since the early 1960’s, and it is packed with historical artifacts from this proud old regiment.

The museum is currently running an exhibition entitled “There But Not There”. This is a fascinating presentation on some of the men lost to us during the First World War, in which nearly 9,000 Black Watch soldiers perished, and thousands more would have suffered both terrible physical and psychological wounds. The “There But Not There” exhibition has positioned around the museum life-size perspex images of a handful of these casualties with information about who they were and tales on their life and how they met their
death. There is an exhibition of artifacts that belonged soldiers fighting in the war that have been donated by their families. A very moving booklet accompanies the presentation, but perhaps the most poignant display is the outline of a life-size soldier, this can be seen as you enter the museum grounds from the car park. I have to admit I am biased as my great grandad fought in the Battle of the Somme while serving in the Black Watch. The There but Not There display can be seen at the museum until the 11th of November – Armistice Day.

There is much more to see at the Black Watch Museum. As you enter the first section takes the visitor back to the origins of the regiment which was formed when the government were struggling to control the Highlands. It was a time of civil war as the Jacobites sought to restore the exiled Stuart King’s to their lost throne. To help police the highlands and keep an eye on the Jacobite clans the government raised six companies in 1725. In 1739 another four companies were recruited, and they became the 43rd Regiment of Foot. It was first mustered at Aberfeldy in 1740, and by the river, in Aberfeldy, a distinct monument stands to commemorate this event.

The museum tells of the part played by the Black Watch at the Battle of Fontenoy in May 1745, despite the battle being a defeat for the British. The Black Watch fought so gallantly that a French officer described them as “Highland Furies”.  The regiment was sent to fight in the American War of Independence by this time it had been renumbered to the 42nd and titled the 42nd Highland Regiment of Foot, and in America, they fought with distinction.  The museum has an excellent section on the wars against Napoleons French with many weapons and uniforms on display.

As you can imagine World War One plays a significant part in the exhibition.  With many notable attractions on display.  A kilt belonging to Captain William Debnam McLaren Stewart from the Comrie area in Perthshire who was killed at the Battle of the Somme on the 25th of September 1916 is on display.  On this kilt traces of mud from the battlefield can still be seen. Captain Stewart features in the “There But Not There” commemoration.

The exhibition then goes onto the Second World War, I was fascinated by a “Tommy Helmet”.   It had been discarded by a Scottish soldier serving in the 51st Highland Division in France in 1940.  The 51st were ordered to surrender after acting as a rear guard thus allowing thousands of British and French soldiers to escape the advancing Germans and depart from the beaches of Dunkirk back to Britain to fight again.  This helmet was found in the sea at St Valery-en-Caux in 1990. For me it made an impressive display piece, I could not help wondering just who ditched this helmet and what happened to this man?

There are opportunities for the kids to dress up in uniforms and a chance to colour in with tables pens and paper provided.  So the Black Watch Museum is a thoughtful and humbling day out for all the family, I would recommend you try to take in the “There But Not There” exhibition before it ends on the 11th of November 2018.

Article by Gary Knight

Perth’s Festival of Yarn Returns This Weekend

Perth’s Festival of Yarn Returns This Weekend

Nominated earlier this year for the Best UK Knitting Show/Event 2017/18 in the prestigious British Knitting and Crochet Awards, Perth Festival of Yarn returns to it’s home, the Dewars Centre, Perth, on 8 and 9 September for it’s third annual celebration.


This year Perth Festival of Yarn has expanded to a two-day celebration in the Fair City, however, it’s purpose remains the same; bringing boutique independent businesses, sheep-farmers and those that practice the fibre arts together to celebrate the best in textile artistry through a large marketplace, with classes and lectures to inspire.

 

Festival Director, Eva Christie, and her team are excited to be welcoming festival-goers from 17 different countries this year to an abundant yarn and fibre marketplace boasting almost 80 vendors from across the UK as well as from France, Germany, Spain and Greece.

 

Classes will be led by internationally respected tutors including Karie Westermann and Janice Anderson, and the 2018 Keynote Lecture will be delivered by Fiona Wemyss of The Wemyss School of Needlework which dates back to the 17th Century.  Event sponsors, The Knitter Magazine, will be in The Knitter Podcast Lounge where festival-goers can meet their favourite textile crafting bloggers and podcasters throughout the weekend.

 

Advance tickets are available from www.perthfestivalofyarn.uk until 8pm on Tuesday 4 September. Day entry tickets will be available on the door priced at £12.00 (accompanied under-16s) free.

Matildas Musings: Tandeming the dens dells and delis of Dunkeld

Matildas Musings: Tandeming the dens dells and delis of Dunkeld

Now as you know this “old lady” likes to try something new every now and again – so when the “old git” came up with the idea of tandeming a new route around the ancient Cathedral “city” of Dunkeld in Highland Perthshire, it seemed like an exciting plan!

And when the “old git” mentioned that we passed a couple of coffee shops and finished at a new deli which we also did tapas early evening, the “old gal” was immediately on board too!

The addition of the deli word gave the “old git” the joy of coming up with some of his favoured alliteration in the title of the ride – adding to the dens and dells of Dunkeld! Simple pleasures!

Perthshire Open Studios

Perthshire Open Studios

Perthshire Open Studios was launched in 2008 and is now in its 11th year. It is an annual nine-day (1st – 9th) event held in September and involves artists and makers across Perth & Kinross opening their doors for visitors to come and learn about their crafts.  A growing number of participants and visitors each year makes it a highlight in the calendar of arts events in Scotland.

City of Perth Salute

City of Perth Salute

The City of Perth Salute returns for its 3rd year to Perth city centre. The parade of International pipe and military bands are joined by local bands from across Perthshire, in this fantastic free family event on the 19th August.

 

Watch the parade as it sets off at Noon from the South Inch to the North Inch, along Tay Street, culminating in an arena performance, on the North Inch, which begins at 13.00 hrs and runs until 14.15. There is space for spectators in the 5,000 seat stand or there is plenty of space if you want to pack a picnic and watch from the comfort of the North Inch.The parade will feature International Marching bands from around the world. Steel bands, jazz bands and the Beats of Brazil Samba Band will help to bring a carnival feel to the parade. Closer to home Perthshire Brass, the Blackwatch ACF Band and Perth and District Pipe Band will all be parading. The Top Secret Drum Corps will also be performing in the arena. If you haven’t already seen them perform then you are in for a real treat.

 

Around the parade arena there will be static displays of military vehicles, a replica spitfire and some tasty treats. Once the Salute has finished why not visit the award winning shops and restaurants in Perth city centre.

 

 

Perth City Salute 2018 Programme for Grandstand Arena

Fanfare – Black Watch Cadet Fanfare Team
Pipes and Drums – Perth and District Pipe Band
Perthshire Brass
Julie Young Dancers
Royal Cavalry from Oman
Black Watch ACF Band and ACF Pipes and Drums
Marching Band of China
Marching Band of Mexico
Top Secret Drum Corps
Finale – Military Bands and Pipes and Drums
March off

The Famous Grouse Pre-Season Challenge | Glasgow Warriors V Harlequins

The Famous Grouse Pre-Season Challenge | Glasgow Warriors V Harlequins

The Famous Grouse Pre-Season Challenge | Glasgow Warriors V Harlequins

Glasgow Warriors will play English Premiership giants Harlequins in Perth in August.

‘The Famous Grouse Pre-Season Challenge’, in association with Perth & Kinross Council, will be held at Perthshire RFC’s North Inch ground in a 5,000 capacity arena on Saturday 18 August.

The match is being sponsored by The Famous Grouse and will be part of a huge weekend of activity in the city, with the rugby arena also being used for other events.

Aviva Premiership champions in 2012, Harlequins have a squad packed full of international players, such as England’s Danny Care, British & Irish Lion Kyle Sinckler and former Scotland winger Tim Visser.

The London club last played the Warriors in 2016 when Harlequins edged a pre-season victory 22-17 at the Twickenham Stoop.

Categories and Match Ticket Pricing

Match Ticket prices now includes all fees.

  • ADULT Any match ticket purchaser not eligible for the below category
  • U18 Aged 18 or under as of 1 September 2018. Proof of age must be available upon request.

Match tickets for The Famous Grouse Pre-Season Challenge will be priced as follows:

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there dedicated parking?

There is no dedicated parking for this event. Please use one of the long stay car parks in the city centre. Please not parking for this event is not available at Bell’s Sports Centre.

How far is the event from the train/bus Station?

The North Inch is a 15-minute walk away

Is there any standing at the event?

There is a stadium with seating and also standing space at the event

Will there be refreshments at the event?

Perthshire Rugby are providing the bar and food provision for this event.

Can tickets be bought on the day?

A limited number of tickets will be available for cash purchases only.

Is the North Inch Golf Club still open?

Yes the golf course is open as normal

 

Perth Youth Futsal finds a new sponsor in AvantiGas

Perth Youth Futsal has a new sponsor for the club’s highly successful brand of five-a-side football. LPG specialists AvantiGas have signed up as kit sponsors to the adult first team, PYF Saltires. The Saltires play in the National Super League and won last year’s Scottish Cup.

Futsal is a variant of association football played on a hard court, smaller than a football pitch, and mainly indoors. This increasingly popular form of the sport made its UK debut in Perth in the 1990s and in Scotland it has grown to the stage where the Under-17 Football World Cup was held in Dundee in 2017.

AvantiGas is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of LPG and energy solutions, serving businesses and homes in Scotland, England and Wales. The company also sponsors sports clubs and charitable causes in areas stretching from Scotland to Cornwall.

Futsal is a variant of association football played on a hard court, smaller than a football pitch, and mainly indoors. This increasingly popular form of the sport made its UK debut in Perth in the 1990s and in Scotland it has grown to the stage where the Under-17 Football World Cup was held in Dundee in 2017.

AvantiGas is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of LPG and energy solutions, serving businesses and homes in Scotland, England and Wales. The company also sponsors sports clubs and charitable causes in areas stretching from Scotland to Cornwall.

Kyle Ballingall, 22, the player-coach who is Head of Perth Youth Futsal said sponsorship was increasingly important to the sport’s continuing development: Futsal is really growing, especially in Scotland with the new National Super League, but you see it in the whole of Britain.

“The new league format means we’re travelling all over Scotland now whereas it used to be just based in two areas. Now we’re traveling every second week to Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee sometimes – so sponsors are more crucial than ever because travel costs have gone up.”

Bringing on young players who can graduate to the adult team is a key feature of the club: “We’ve focused a lot on the youth so have been playing a lot of young players of 16 and 17 in the National League and we’re reaping the benefits now.

“We won the Scottish Cup last year and we’ve just signed two players who have played for Scotland as well, so it’s becoming a bit of an attraction to play for us. That’s what we were trying to achieve.

“We wanted to create a club structure – that was the long-term goal, rather than just creating a team.”

AvantiGas has sponsored the first team in a two-year deal. AvantiGas Communications Executive Graham Keal said: “We are delighted to sponsor PYF Saltires and to help the club develop. We wish them every success in the coming season.

“Futsal is a great way to bring on footballing talent, especially with such a progressive club with such an outstanding track record. Futsal started in Perth in the UK and AvantiGas has close ties with the area including a local supply point at Mossmorran serving many of our customers. We’re keen to put something back into the community whenever we can, and futsal is a healthy pursuit that’s good for the players, good for football and good for the community.”

Just after speaking to us, Kyle was about to take the club’s Under-15 players on a futsal-playing trip to Barcelona, where they were to play four friendly matches and visit the Nou Camp, hallowed home of top European football club Barcelona.

“I went last year with the Under13s and it was a great experience for them,” said Kyle. This year’s Under15s group on the Barcelona trip included one girl in the party, a player who has signed for Hibs and was formerly with Celtic Girls.

Perth Youth Futsal club recently changed the training pattern for female members to help attract more recruits: “There’s a girls-specific section who used to train at the same time – but some of them were older, so now we’re changing the format so that girls and boys of the same age group train together. There’s no reason not to,” said Kyle. Club players range in age from under10s to adult.