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Tuesday, 27 November 2018 12:11

Villa Park ready for UK International Cup challenge

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Coach Jamie Lafferty said it was an “easy choice” to sign his Villa Park side up for next Easter’s UK International Cup.
 
They’re heading to St George’s Park – the state-of-the-art home of England’s national teams – in April to compete with 99 teams from around the world at the two-day tournament:
 
“We saw an advert for the tournament on social media and knew straight away it was something we wanted to get involved with,” said Lafferty. “From the facilities, to the hotel and all the positive comments – signing up was an easy choice, really.”
 
17 players, three coaches and – in Lafferty’s own words – “an army of parents and families” will be making the trip, and although there’s still more than four months until the competition kicks-off, excitement in the squad is already reaching fever pitch:
 
“The boys are totally over the moon and can’t wait to play on the world-class facilities,” said Lafferty. “We’re looking forward to coming up against teams from other countries.”
 
As a team, Villa Park have been raising money for the trip by packing bags at local supermarkets and going for sponsored walks, and Lafferty is confident that all their efforts will be worth it when they get down there.
 
He said: “I’m hopeful the experience will give the team a lifetime of memories; lots of fun and laughter and will be an enjoyable event that will help in their development as players.”
 
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The 2006's SYFA West Region Development squad has now been announced.
 
The announcement comes after nominated players took part in a series of trials at Harmony Row.
 
The full squad is as follows:
 
 
Sam Rooney - Giffnock SC
 
Cameron Dickson - Whitecraigs
 
Jack Ferguson - Drumsagard BC
 
Calum Sharp - Ardencaple
 
Owen Foster - Pollok United
 
Jon Dunbar - Thistle Weir
 
Ross McKinnon - Clyde Thistle
 
Hector Edmund Fullone - Houston BC
 
Adam Hemmingsley - Busby BC
 
Lewis Sharp - Ardencaple
 
Gravine Kalala - Glasgow BC
 
Connor Boyle - Giffnock SC
 
Thomas Docherty - Glasgow BC
 
Kaiden Boyce - Drumsagard BC
 
Charlie Cooke - Clyde Thistle
 
Hayden McCormack - Thistle Weir
 
Nicholas Gallagher - St Peters BC
 
Toby Mathers - Whitecraigs
 
Calum Cameron - Thistle Weir
 
Shaun Kennedy - Pollok United
 
Fraser Murray - Ardencaple
 
Calum Young - Drumsagard BC
 
Kasra Abedi - BSC Lightning
 
David Aitken - Park Sports
 
 
 
The quality of the trials was so extensive that a reserves list was drawn up in case of injuries, which can be seen below:
 
 
Rebecca Taylor - Rangers Girls
 
Liam Connor - St Andrews BC
 
Jay Mortimer - Kilbowie Union
 
John Cairns - Kilbowie Union
 
Marcus Cameron - Thistle Weir
 
Ethan O'Hare - Tass Thistle
 
 
Congratulations to all selected for the squad!!
Monday, 22 October 2018 16:47

SYFA West Region 2005's squad announced

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The SYFA West Region Development squad has now been announced.
 
The announcement comes after nominated players took part in a series of trials at Toryglen over the past few weeks
 
The full squad is as follows:
 
 
Jay Bett - Glenbrae Colts
 
Adam Daly - Dumbarton United
 
Niven Howes - Broomhill SC
 
Calum Wong - Hillwood BC
 
Aeron Fitzpatrick - Johnstone Burgh
 
Max Giordano - EK Rolls Royce
 
Lewis Gilmour - Hillwood BC
 
Luke Deveny - Port Glasgow BC
 
Aidan Clark - Dunoon YFC
 
Sam Hunter - Glenbrae Colts
 
Lewis Taylor - Giffnock SC
 
Jordan Robb - Hillwood BC
 
Cole Gibson - Weir Thistle
 
Stevie Graham - Palace Park A
 
Lewis Barclay - Giffnock North
 
Finlay Wright - Giffnock North
 
Mark Bolger - Palace Park B
 
Ben Francis - Cambuslang Thistle
 
Liam Probert - West End Thistle
 
Nathan Durkin - Kilpatrick
 
Wallace Whittle - Linwood Rangers
 
Daryl Airdre - Palace Park A
 
Ruan Macrae - Cambuslang FA
 
Craig Darroch - Port Glasgow BC
 
Stephen Cardle - Glenbrae Colts
 
 
Congratulations to all those selected for the squad!
Friday, 19 October 2018 16:29

Accies young stars prepare for big Euro test

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After a 2-2 draw in Switzerland, Accies aim to finish the job against Basel at the Hope Stadium on Wednesday night to advance to the next round of the UEFA Youth League.

Dougie Imrie's side swept to the under 17 league title undefeated last season to earn their place within the elite bracket of European youth football. It is the first time any Scottish club other than Celtic has competed in the competition.

It’s further testimony to a youth set up which regularly brings young players all the way through the system to senior first team football. A CIES (Centre International d’Etude du Sport) survey last year listed Accies as the only British club in the European top 100 clubs to feature home grown players in their starting line-up.

The likes of James McCarthy, James McArthur and Michael Devlin have moved on to big clubs over the years. With a chance to shine in midweek coach Brian Potter says the occasion can only raise the bar even further and inspire the next crop of players to follow suit.

“It’s been a great experience for us all,” he told Youth Football Scotland. “The drive to bring on young players here is well documented. We’ve proven over the years that if you’re good enough you stay in the team. We give young players that opportunity.”

“We start early here and try and keep them in the system. The core of our team on Wednesday will be the boys who went undefeated last season. There’s boys here who have been here for up to seven years and have the Hamilton ethic of working hard and being difficult to beat.”

“Reaching European competition gives everyone at all levels something to aim for, and can only help us attract more young players to become involved. It can only be good for the whole set up here, and improves us also as coaches.”

“We also made a good play of getting into Project Brave. It gives us access to more coaches and facilities, sports scientists, more access to video analysis. It has helped raise the bar even further. Ultimately it’s about giving the kids the best grounding that they can into full time football.”

Tickets on the night will be free to all as Accies hope for a big crowd to see Potter’s side over the line. Adam Douglas’s double in the first leg gives Accies more than a chance against top opposition.

“We drew a recognised team, and it was a great experience to go over there and prepare in a big stadium. It was a difficult game and we did well to get a result. Our aim was to keep the tie alive and it’s all to play for.” Potter says.

Kick off at the Hope CBD Stadium is at 7pm on Wednesday.

 
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Thursday, 12 July 2018 13:16

Positive experience for all at GoFitba Pollok

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Twelve clubs across the country, all taking part in a scheme with one common goal; educating children about the benefits of sport and nutritious food and the effect it has on their health.

The project was set up by The Scottish Football Partnership Trust and aims to teach the kids football skills as well as giving them nutritional advice and a healthy dinner, post-kick-about. It has travelled the land far and wide, with clubs from Dundee to Kilwinning taking part.

The latest club YFS visited was Pollok United Soccer Academy in Corkerhill. The scheme was coming to the end of its 12-week run, and on-hand to celebrate were the then Minister for Public Health and Sport Aileen Campbell, and Glasgow Pollok MSP Humza Yousaf.

“We’re really pleased to be here at Pollok United Soccer Academy to support the fantastic work that happens through the GoFitba scheme,” Campbell told YFS. “I’ve seen it in its former guise as FooTea and have seen how the kids respond - getting a chance to play the game, getting taught about health and nutrition and also getting the chance to have something nice and healthy to eat at the end.”

“It’s a fantastic, well rounded, holistic project and we’re really pleased to do what we can to lend support and to see so many young people enjoy the game.”

Yousaf, on his local patch, was also keen to sing the praises of the project, which was awarded a 50,000 Euro grant from The UEFA Foundation for Children and also received funding from The Kilpatrick Fraser Charitable Trust.

“This project is wonderful because it gets kids talking about nutrition in a way that doesn’t feel like school, doesn’t feel like they’re getting a lesson,” Yousaf said. “It feels like they’re having a good time. They then note that in their journal, take that home and then they’re influencing their parents about nutrition, nutritious eating and healthy habits.”

The success of the project has helped highlight the child obesity problem Scotland currently has, something which Yousaf touched on.

“We know that Scotland has a child obesity problem, we know that,” he said. “It’s got problems around health and healthy eating, so I’m delighted that this project is using football as that hook. This ticks so many of the Government’s agendas, so many of the Government’s boxes.

“We have serious health issues. We can’t sweep it under the carpet and say: ‘Aw we like an Irn-Bru and a pie, that’s just who we are’. That’s great, enjoy some of that stuff, but we have got some real health issues and we’ve got to start at this age. We’ve got to start with young kids, right from the off. They actually influence the parents, and it has inter-generational affects,” he added.

The scheme has been hugely popular, with Campbell and Yousaf both pointing to football being the catalyst for getting those involved. “Well we know that sport is an incredible hook to get young people involved and engaged with health promotion messages,” Campbell said.

“This is a fantastic example of that - using the hook of football, with local clubs rooted in the communities, helping children that need that wee bit of help and encouragement to eat more healthily and delivering those messages through football,” she continued. “It’s a fantastic example of sport being really innovative and doing what it can to increase the health of the nation.”

Yousaf agreed: “It’s the universal language. three billion people are watching the World Cup right now as we speak, so it is a universal language and it’s great. I’ve seen football being used to get men for example to talk about mental health, something which traditionally they don’t do.”

Wednesday, 20 June 2018 10:42

Top class football in EDC schools

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The East Dunbartonshire Schools football season concluded this month after a series of exciting cup finals at Auchenhowie and Lennoxtown.
 
The U18s Final was a close encounter between Clydebank High and League champions Bearsden Academy. Clydebank took the lead through Lewis Jamieson around the 10 minute mark and although Bearsden applied persistent pressure, hitting the bar and the post, they were unable to find a way past Clydebank ‘keeper George Elliot, who was in superb form. In the end it was a deserved triumph for the Clydebank boys who had worked tirelessly throughout.
 
Meanwhile the EDC Leagues proved extremely competitive with four different schools winning at the various age groups. Special mentions are due to Bishopbriggs U14s and Boclair U15s who both completed league and cup doubles.
 
Steven MacDonald, teacher in charge of senior champions Bearsden, commented:
 
“For a number of years now the U18s competition has been played to a very impressive standard and a lot of the matches could have gone either way. It opens the league up for a number of teams to have a chance of coming out on top.
 
“Our boys have loved their matches in the EDC League, especially those against local rivals where they are friendly with a number of their opponents out with the school environment.
 
“They are delighted to have gained some success and celebrated lifting the trophy at a private presentation night in front of their parents.
 
“A real highlight for us was in the first game when our right winger, Jack Jamison, made a rare start in a central forward position and scored a hat-trick in a 5-3 local derby victory against Boclair.”
 
Fixtures secretary Will Walker added:
 
"This was another great EDC season, with excellent participation levels in both the boys and girls competitions.  We are grateful to our sponsors SpecSavers Kirkintilloch for their invaluable support and also to Rangers and Celtic for hosting our finals."
 
 
Roll of Honour:
 
League Winners:
 
U13 - Boclair Academy
U14 - Bishopbriggs Academy
U15 - Boclair Academy
U16 - Lenzie Academy
U18 - Bearsden Academy
 
Cup Winners:
 
U13 - Douglas Academy
U14 - Bishopbriggs Academy
U15 - Boclair Academy
U16 - Bishopbriggs Academy
U18 - Clydebank HS
 
 
Girls Football:
 
Division A - Bishopbriggs Academy A
 
Division B - Bishopbriggs Academy Blues

The season might be entering its final stages, but spring is just the beginning for a selection of Scotland’s most promising youth players. On 10 April, The Celtic Football Academy travelled to Murcia in Spain on a three-day session in which the stars of tomorrow were put through their paces by a team of top coaches.


More than just ball skills


We all know the pressures that can be part and parcel of playing football at the highest level. Money, adulation and media attention are great in their own way, but can also lead to some high profile falls from grace. For this reason, the event doesn’t just focus on the skills that are needed on the field of play.


For example, footballers and gambling have always gone hand in hand, but today’s gamblers typically prefer to visit a casino online. Of course, there is no harm in a leisurely game of secret slots or similar, but a major part of the Academy event is to help young footballers recognise the signs when a harmless leisure activity can turn into a problem, both for them and those around them.


Developing skills on and off the field


Of course, the main focus is out in the middle, and over the three days, the participants were involved in more than ten hours of drills, mini-games and other exercises, which reflect exactly what goes on in the regular academy.


There were also a series of classroom session and lectures from keynote speakers on what it takes to succeed as a professional footballer in the 21st century.

 


Who was in attendance


The event was aimed at youth players who are just starting to come up through the ranks and could become household names over the coming decade. Open to Scottish footballer born between 2002 and 2007, there was undoubted talent on display, and some top coaches from the Celtic Academy to help them develop their skills.


To the winner the spoils


While the session was open to any qualifying applicant willing to stump up the £325 fee, there was something extra special on offer for those who could demonstrate the skill and attitude to really make it as a professional.


Following extensive feedback and one-on-one sessions with the coaching staff, the best of the best were offered a unique opportunity to spend an entire week with Celtic as part of the Youth Academy. There is no better way to fully understand the life of a professional footballer than to spend a week in that sort of company.


About the Youth Academy


Every professional team understands that it needs to constantly look to its future, and invests in youth development in some shape or form. However, the programme at Celtic is universally accepted as world class. Since the inception of Project Brave, there has been almost as much competition amongst the academies as there is out in the middle between the first teams.


Earlier in the season, Celtic’s academy was awarded elite status by the Scottish FA, meaning it is considered by those who matter to be among the top academies in Scotland. A brief glance through the alumni certainly suggests that the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Current first team stars including Kieran Tierney (pictured, above), James Forrest, Liam Henderson and Callum McGregor are all products of the academy, and there are plenty of current academy players who have had early opportunities for first team glory.


It will be intriguing to see who among those who attended Murcia this year will be the first team stars dominating the back pages in ten years time.


 
 
In this edition of #WhatsYourStory we preview Drumchapel’s 2006 + 2007 age groups, who are both headed to the Blackpool International Trophy with Trans World Soccer.
 
Drumchapel United are a relatively young club, having been founded in the summer of 2001. The club are a huge, volunteer-run organisation with 98 coaches, 23 playing squads and over 400 players registered to our squads.
 
We caught up with the coaches of the two outfits, who will be testing themselves against some great teams from around the continent this weekend, to find out what they are most looking forward to about their trip.
 
‘We are looking forward to testing ourselves against quality opposition, but more importantly spending time as a squad with each other away from football.’
 
A common theme amongst teams travelling with Trans World Soccer this Easter is that they are looking to grow as a squad, and a trip away gives them a perfect platform to do so.
 
Drumchapel have had some serious success off the field in recent years, with the SFA awarding them Legacy Club status, making them just one of five clubs in the West of Scotland region to receive the accolade.
 
Last year the club also won the SFA’s Best Community Club award, becoming the first side in the region to do so.
 
The 06 and 07’s will be hoping to emulate this success on the pitch in Blackpool this weekend.
 
#WHATSYOURSTORY is a campaign to learn more about the teams participating in tournaments with Trans World Soccer throughout 2018. If you, or anyone you know is participating in one of these events please get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.and tell us your story. Alternatively, click here to learn more about the upcoming tournaments in 2018.
 
 
 
Knightswood U9s (left) and U10s (right)
 
This edition of #WhatsYourStory follows Knightswood, who have two groups heading to the Barcelona Easter tournament with Trans World Soccer.
 
We caught up with the club to get an insight into what they are most looking forward to about the trip to Barcelona.
 
Like most of the clubs heading to Spain, they are excited for ‘a new experience for the kids and making memories’, furthermore it is ‘giving the kids new opportunities’.
 
Knightswood have had a successful past few years, with pro youth taking 14 kids from the club and offering them contracts. Their U19’s are Regional Cup winners and their 2008 team have won over 8 trophies in one year.
 
This success has stretched to the international level also, with the U19’s winning a tournament in Holland last year, and the 08’s coming in 4th.
 
The boys will be hoping to sustain this level of success when they land in Barcelona this weekend. 
 
#WHATSYOURSTORY is a campaign to learn more about the teams participating in tournaments with Trans World Soccer throughout 2018. If you, or anyone you know is participating in one of these events please get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.and tell us your story. Alternatively, click here to learn more about the upcoming tournaments in 2018.
 
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