Pictured is the latest addition to the Windsor family – the Wee Windsor School players with Club vice-president Dougie Hall and Progressive Football Development leader Scott Gibson.
Musselburgh Windsor FC has launched its own Wee Windsor School for budding young players aged 5 to 8 years.
The club, currently celebrating its Diamond Jubilee will hold training sessions for the youngsters at Pinkie Playing Fields on Friday evenings.
The new development was made possible following a successful funding application to the 2014 Communities fund co-ordinated by the Big Lottery Fund in Glasgow.
The following is an extract from their website:
Glasgow is hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games and we want to help more people across Scotland benefit from this. Physical activity can help people become healthier and fitter. In Scotland fewer people are regularly taking part or volunteering in physical activity and we hope our 2014 Communities programme will help address this in the run up to the Commonwealth Games. 2014 Communities is about building a legacy of well- being before and beyond the Commonwealth Games. We want to build community cohesion and integration and bring different generations, cultures and groups within communities together to volunteer and take part in physical activity. We want to break down barriers and bring together people who don’t know each other to share skills, celebrate and enjoy physical activity. We will support new and existing groups/organisations to take part in new competitions, events and tournaments as well as enjoy a programme of new activities they’ve never tried before. We want local groups to decide what best meets the needs of their community and we will only consider direct applications from the group seeking funding. The coordination of multiple applications by regional and national networks is outside the spirit of the programme and these applications will not be funded.
The money will provide 40 small footballs, 40 training bibs as well as assorted training equipment. The cost of hiring training areas at Pinkie is included.
Musselburgh Windsor’s Club President Scott Robertson explained ‘We were approached by Scott Gibson who runs Progressive Football Development and entered into discussions on a partnership arrangement. Scott has built up a fantastic team of young and enthusiastic coaches and we looked at filling a gap in our player pathway. Previously the club has not catered for players of such a young age. This was a great opportunity to introduce a feeder school and prepare the youngsters for becoming full club members at the age of 8 when they can play in the Fun-Fours matches.’
Mr Gibson, a former player with Musselburgh Athletic is delighted to be working in association with the Windsor. He said ‘Musselburgh Windsor is a club well known throughout the area, it has been established for a long time and provides football for a vast number of young players. It occurred to me that after some initial discussions they do not offer coaching for players coming into the game and this is an area we were able to address. Our coaches are all qualified and have under gone the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) application process as well as receiving Player Protection training.
The Wee Windsor School aims to introduce football to young players in a friendly and fun environment with the hope that when they reach the age of 7 or 8 years they will have basic skills to allow them to become full members of Musselburgh Windsor FC. These players will then form the new age group intake and represent the club in the East of Scotland Soccer Development Association (ESSDA) in the four-a-side festivals.
Any parent interested in enrolling in the Wee Windsor School can contact Scott Gibson on 07547 39 09 09.
The Windsor has recently undergone fundamental restructuring and has centralised not only its bookings procedure but also the management of finances. Scott Robertson said ‘its and exciting time at the club with many coaches and Committee members working hard to improve the way we operate’.