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James Fowler signs until end of next season

James Fowler will stay with Queen of the South until the end of the season Credit: ITV Border

Queen of the South has announced that manager James Fowler has signed a contract extension that will see him stay at the club until the end of next season.

The Board has said it's very happy with the job he has done since taking over from Jim McIntyre last September, and that the move will give the club stability over the summer and into next season.

The Manager himself claims he is grateful to be able to extend his stay.

"I'm really happy to sign again, it's been an enjoyable year although very difficult and hard work but it's one I've enjoyed and I'm thankful to the Chairman and the rest of the Board for the opportunity"

– James Fowler

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Queens team up with Dumfries food bank charity

Standing left to right, Queens Captain, Chris Higgins, Director, Mark Blount, Andy Cochrane of the Queens Trust and Queens defender, Mark Durnan. Sitting centre, midfielder, Paul Burns. Credit: Queen of the South

Queen of the South have joined forces with a Dumfries-based food bank charity - and fans can now drop off donations on match days.

First Base Agency on Buccleuch Street is the town’s main food bank and in the past 12 months the charity says it has handed out 4,700 emergency food parcels.

To boost food stocks, the Queens Trust and supporters groups have teamed up with First Base Agency and set up collection points in the Queen of the South Arena for fans to bring donated food when they go to games.

"We're happy to have this joint initiative with the Trust and other supporters groups for such a deserving cause. Initially we will be accepting donations at the Arena on match days, and it would be great if supporters coming along to the game, could bring a little something with them."

– Queens director, Mark Blount

Stay hydrated: children learn from Queen of the South

Queen of the South players have been giving schoolchildren advice on staying hydrated. Credit: ITV Border

Schoolchildren have been to see Queen of the South players as part of the H20 programme, run by Scottish Water, SPFL and the Doonhamers.

Each 90 minute session sees the children discuss the importance of staying hydrated, before taking part in a football session:

Under 15 girl's football festival showed 'real talents'

Participants of last week's festival Credit: Dumfries and Galloway Council

Last week, the first inter-schools under 15 girl’s football festival was held at the Palmerston Arena.

The tournament was run by Dumfries and Galloway Council in partnership with Queen of the South women’s football club, and five schools took part.

Organisers claimed "real talents" were shown by some of the participants.

The council says further festivals and competitions are now being planned to encourage more girls to play football for their schools and local clubs.

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Dzierzwaski joins Peterhead on loan

Queen of the South have confirmed that midfielder Kevin Dzierzawski has joined Peterhead on loan for the rest of the season.

He will continue to train with the Queens squad.

Also leaving Palmerston is Under 20 player, Lyndon Dykes.

Another of the clubs Under 20 squad, Dominic Slattery has joined the South of Scotland side, Heston Rovers, on a Development Loan.

He will remain eligible to turn out for Queens in the Development league.

Christmas cheer at Queen of the South

Queen of the South play top of the table Hearts in the Scottish Championship tomorrow.

The Doonhamers and their fans had plenty to celebrate at their Christmas party at Palmerston Park.

They're still third in a division featuring a trio of super-heavyweights in Rangers, Hearts and Hibs.

So everyone at the club was delighted to take the chance this week to thank the supporters who've helped the club exceed expectations so far this season.

Pitch perfect in our region

Plastic football pitches have become increasingly popular in our region, according to one Cumbrian company.

Queen of the South, Annan Athletic and Stranraer FC all play on artificial surfaces.

Carlisle United also have a synthetic training pitch, despite Football League clubs rejecting plans to reintroduce them to League One and Two games.

Support in Sport made the Blues' training pitch.

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