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As Scotland prepare to open their defence of the Victory Shield, manager Scot Gemmill insists his side are out to win, but is keen to balance what is a results based industry with the development of our future stars. 
 
Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, the former Nottingham Forest and Everton midfielder said: “With no players in the squad that were involved last year, it’s a completely new group and the main aim is to get the balance right. Everyone wants to win it, but we have to balance that with development. 
 
“I would admit that, sometimes, I’ve forgotten that and have been too results orientated.  It is very difficult to get the balance between doing your utmost to win games but at the same time remember that it is about the development of the players as well.”
 
Having worked with Mark Wotte over the past year, Gemmill feels the Dutchman’s influence and legacy will have a positive effect for many years to come. Wotte stepped down as the Scottish FA’s first Performance Director last week, and Gemmill credits him with the introduction of the Performance Schools and increasing the number of matches and calibre of opposition that the youth teams of all age ranges play.
 
“One difference I’ve noticed and I’m aware of, is that the games the youth teams have played in the last few years have been against good teams, really competitive games. I know that’s something Mark’s spoke of and something I believe in too. Playing best v best at that level really does help you. The guys at Under 17 level had played roughly 25 games and I think that showed.”
 
Gemmill also cites the introduction of the SPFL Development League as a positive step in the future of our youngsters. He commented: “The more games they play, the more knowledge they amass and the more experience they gain. Bit by bit, they almost become better players without necessarily knowing about it, it almost happens unconsciously. In the future, they’ll be better, and I would include the Victory Shield in that. The players that play come out the other side better players without even noticing it and I think it’s the same with the league structure.”
 
For Hibs hitman Jack Adamson, watching last year’s Victory Shield triumph inspired him to emulate their achievements this year. Adamson, who previously played for Linlithgow BFC, can play out on the left wing or up front, said: “Ever since the first Scotland training camp my main aim has been to be picked for the Victory Shield so I’m just glad I’ve managed it. I saw a few of the games from last year and it looked like a great atmosphere and I can’t wait to be a part of something similar.”
 
Dundee United defender Kieran Freeman is also relishing Friday’s game, which is being played at St Mirren Park. Freeman, 14, is the youngest member of the squad and has caught the eye of Manchester United, who have invited him to Carrington on a number of occasions. He explained: “It’s something we all want a taste of and from a personal point playing a year under, I’ll just work hard and hope to get picked again next year. 
 
His Dundee United teammate Ali Coote received plaudits for this performance in last year’s Victory Shield and Freeman says Tannadice is the place to be for any youngster. He added: “If you’re good enough at Dundee United you’ll get the chance to break into the first time. I think there was a lot of pressure on him after he scored and started to make a name for himself, but he really enjoyed coming away with the squad and playing for the trophy.”
 
Freeman is a product of Performance School St John’s High School, and commented: “I feel like I’ve come on massively from being involved. We have a coach Iain Jenkins who has a lot of experience, plus we’re training every day.”
 
Describing his normal day, Kieran says he has to wake up around 5am and doesn’t return home until 7pm, with the pressure of schoolwork and normal teenage life on top of his already hectic football schedule. Acknowledging the time commitment and dedication required, Freeman realises that all of the time, effort and setbacks will be worth it to pull on a Scotland jersey and play for his country. 
 
Scotland take on Northern Ireland on Friday night at St Mirren Park, kick off is 7pm. 
 
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 16:25

SSS seek college footballers to join national squad

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The hunt is on for the best footballers in Scottish Colleges to represent their country. The programme has run for a few years now with a representative squad from FE institutions travelling within Scotland and beyond to play fixtures against the likes of Scottish Independent Schools, English Colleges and Welsh Colleges, among others.
Trials for this programme are listed below:
 
East Trial:
 
Date: Monday 22nd September 2014 
Times: 12:30-3pm 
Location: Sports Academy, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, EH14 4AS
 
West Trial:
 
Date: Tuesday 23rd September 2014
Times: 1:30-4pm
Location: Garscube Sports Complex, Glasgow University, Glasgow, G20 0SP
 
Nominations can be made via the following link: http://tinyurl.com/m8hco9u 
 
Deadline for nominations is Thursday 18th September.
 
Download a presentation for more information on the programme by clicking here > files/SSS_College_Football_1415.pdf
YFSRadio was at Forthbank Stadium to provide live and exclusive commentary from the Vauxhall International Challenge Match between Scotland and Switzerland U15's. You can now listen back to the commentary below: 
 
 
Saturday, 24 May 2014 12:00

Watch: Tynecastle FC Scottish Cup Interviews

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Watch Trans World Soccer Scottish Youth FA Cup Finalists Tynecastle FC U17's interviews below: 
 
 
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Saturday, 10 May 2014 18:47

Watch: Team Mates with Rangers SABC U13's

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Trans World Soccer Scottish Youth FA Cup Finalists Rangers SABC 13's took part in the Scottish Cup Edition of YFS Team Mates. Watch the fun below:
 
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 13:26

Renfrew Vics edge out 10-Man Harmony Row

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Renfrew Victoria 2000s
 vs
Harmony Row
 
 
 
Under-14s PJDYFL
Kirklandneuk playing fields
15 April 2014
 
 
 
After a tight opening 10 minutes to the game renfrew vics created the first real chance after some neat passing on the left hand side and a lovely
through ball split the Harmony defence resulted in the right sided midfielder being clean through on goal only to hit a tame shot that was easily saved.

Midway through the first half, Renfrew Vics opened the scoring after a corner kick that was initially defended well but landed on the edge of the box and
was flighted into the top corner by a Renfrew midfielder giving the keeper no chance.
 
With 10 mins of first half to go Harmony were reduced to 10 men after an off the ball incident led to their player being shown a straight red card
 
Despite lots of pressure and good play by Renfrew it was Harmony who scored in the last minute of the first half to make it 1-1.
 
 
Half Time: Renfrew Vics 1-1 Harmony Row
 
Second half report goes here.The second half started in the same vein with renfrew having most of the play and creating a few chances. Despite this it took a mistake by the harmony goalkeeper who kicked a goal kick stright to the renfrew striker who after a good initial touch calmy slotted the ball into the corner of the net, 2-1.

After a few more chances and general good play by Renfrew it was against the run of play that harmony equalised, after some scrappy play in the middle of the park the ball dropped to a harmony player whos shot was unstoppable as it flew into the top corner,2-2

Despite being stunned by rhe equalising goal Renfrew composed themselves and went in search of the winner. After some neat midfield play Renfrew
worked the ball into the box where the renfrew vics striker was hauled down. No hessitation from the ref as he awarded a penalty kick. The renfrew midfielder stepped up and slotted the ball into the net, 3-2 
 
Minutes later the ref blew for full time 
 
In summary the game was another closely contested game between 2 very good teams  
 
Full Time: Renfrew Vics 3-2 Harmony Row
 
 
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 11:38

Locos gear up for Bonnybridge test

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Colony Locos manager Alan Calder has admitted that there has been a bit of a buzz in the town in the lead-up to his side's Scottish Cup semi-final against FC Bonnybridge. Calder said: "The Locos have helped us organise the game and they've done a lot of work in the lead-up to the game, we've just been promoting it to start with and we've received lots of good feedback from people and also all of the other squads and also local teams including Amateur and Junior teams.
 
"It's a difficult one because the town is so buzzed for the game and i'm trying to keep the players on their toes for the league games however the guys are looking forward to it and so am I.
 
"The Scottish Cup is something that means a lot to me, I actually played in a Scottish Cup semi-final when I was a youngster for Colony and that was also at Harlaw Park.
 
"I lot of the players that i've spoke to are speaking about what type of crowd that we're expecting however on the day everybody will be there to support you however first and foremost, you worry about the guy that's next to you and the guy that's going to be up against you.
 
"Those are the things that matter on the day, everybody that's there on the day is going to be backing you so your not there to worry about them, your there to worry about the guy from FC Bonnybridge."
 
Locos approach the semi-final without a win in their last 3 outings and Calder added about the last couple of weeks when he said "The defeat against Stonehaven was probably hard to take as they played really well, 1st 20-25 minutes we played some fantastic football and then we seemed to panic.
 
"I think that we've been so used to winning games that we seemed to put into our heads that we're unbeatable, the disappointing thing about Stonehaven was that we lost our composure.
 
"We were 4-1 down at one stage against Banchory so everybody started looking at each other to try and drive the team forward again and then in the last 10 minutes we were absolutely superb and actually had enough chances to win the game, when your fighting on so many fronts with the league and also with the Scottish cup on the horizon then there's so many things to think about.
 
"The guys at this age have got University applications to think about, working, and there will be a lot of 18th birthday parties so there's a lot of things on these guys plates, what we've always said to them all is what they get out of football is what they put into it.
 
"At this stage of the season, we're on schedule for where we want to be and we're ahead in some things, we set out at the start of the season to try and win the league, to do really well in our local cup competitions and the hope to do okay in the Scottish Cup, we've got potentially 8 games left, 8 wins and we've got four trophies."
 
Two Colony Locos players took time out before their 1-1 draw away at Formartine United to look forward to the game. We 1st start off with Mike Watson and he said "I'm looking forward to it, hopefully we can get a big crowd down for the game, it'll be a big occasion and a big day and hopefully we win, that's what we're aiming for.
 
"I hope there's about 300 in attendance for the game, it will be the biggest crowd that i'll have played in, Banchory are a very good side and totally deserved their win, there's been a lot of friends asking when the game is, what's happening and asking if we'll win the game."
 
Watson then joked when he said "Alan wasn't as good as us when he was a youngster, we've all been good mates since day 1, if we get to the final then that'll be the biggest thing for our team, it's just a good squad of boys playing football together."
 
Defender Phillip Woodgreaves also looked forward to the game by saying "It's a great achievement for all of us so i'm just looking forward to it, there was a few tough reuslts on the way to the semi-final, the penalty shoot-out against Glenburn, that was tough for all of us.
 
"I am looking forward to getting into the final and hopefully we can get there, we're going to try and keep the ball down and just play like we normally play, training has been intense and it's been a lot more harder than it has been in the last couple of weeks it's been tough.
Friday, 21 March 2014 17:24

Watch: Scotland vs Wales (U18 Schoolboys)

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Watch video highlights from the Centenary Shield schoolboy international match at New Douglas Park, Hamilton. Video is courtesy of Pitchside Media, click here to visit their website.
 
 
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Monday, 17 March 2014 13:20

Scotland schoolboys braced for Wales test

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On Thursday 20th March Scotland U18's school's team continue their 'Inspire Sport' Centenary Shield campaign at home to Wales. The team, sponsored by TSB will play at Hamilton's New Douglas Park with a 7pm kick off.
 
Scotland came from behind to snatch a late draw in their opening match against Northern Ireland. This is their final match on home soil, and the dark blues will be looking for a win before games on the road against England and Republic of Ireland.
 
Iain Fleming of the Scottish Schools FA said: "Come along and support the boys and don't miss the chance to watch exciting local talent. Admission at the gate £5 for adults and £1 for concessions. Hope to see you there."
 
Scotland's squad is as follows:
 
Scott Burns -  Braidhurst High School
Kieran Campbell -  St.Modans High School
Kyle Chalmers -  St.Peter the Apostle 
Jamie Dishington -  Trinity Academy (Edin)
James Flynn  - St.Thomas of Aquins
Michael Hardie -  Drumchapel High School
Jamie Henry - Clydebank High School
Kyle Hogg -  Leith Academy
Mikey Hopkins - St. Peter the Apostle
Scott Hynd - Dunfermline High School
Chris Liversedge -  Harlaw Academy
Conor Mckenzie -  Dunblane High School
Craig Quinn -  Bearsden Academy
Jai Quitongo -  Braidhurst High School
Chris Truesdale -  Coatbridge High School
Leonard Wilson - Cults Academy 
Lewis Wilson - Kilsyth Academy
James Yates -   Perth High School
On Monday 10th March, Scottish Colleges (pictured, right) will face Scottish Independent Schools at Broadwood Stadium, home of Clyde FC. The match will be the first between the two teams with the aim of having a regular fixture as part of the representative programmes. 
 
Scottish Colleges were narrowly beaten 4-2 by Welsh Colleges side on 28th November 2013 in Gala. Todd Lumsden, Head Coach, is keen to make up for this loss and has called up three new faces to bolster the squad in Reece Cochrane, Kerian Mcgachie and Sean Melvin, all from Edinburgh College. 
 
Scottish Independent Schools will be confident with victories in their previous two outings against Edinburgh University and Heriot-Watt University select squads. This fixture will be one of the last before the squad play the annual challenge match with English Independent Schools in May.
 
The match will kick off at 12:30pm with the @ScotStuSport twitter feed set to broadcast live updates.
 
The squad will be raring to go with places on the bus to England to face English Colleges in April up for grabs.
 
The full squad is as follows: 
 
Dean Wilson - Glasgow Clyde (Cardonald)
Sandy Thomson - New College Lanarkshire (Motherwell)
Reece Cochrane - Edinburgh College (Granton)
Aaron Johnstone - Glasgow Clyde (Cardonald)
Josh Thomson - New College Lanarkshire (Cumbernauld)
Ryan Cherrie - New College Lanarkshire (Motherwell)
Christopher Gault - West College (Clydebank)
Ewan Barrie - Ayrshire College (Kilmarnock)
Craig Easton - Glasgow Clyde (Cardonald)
Sean Melvin - Edinburgh College (Sighthill)
Aaron Gray - New College Lanarkshire (Cumbernauld)
Scott Alexander - Dumfries and Galloway College
Graham Forsyth - New College Lanarkshire (Cumbernauld)
Lewis Allan - Borders College
Paul Caughey - New College Lanarkshire (Cumbernauld)
Dean Sutherland - New College Lanarkshire (Cumbernauld)
Keiran McGachie - Edinburgh College (Granton)
 
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