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Glasgow based charity North Kelvin Sports are seeking four academy coaches to help with the launch of their new after school project.
 
The group formerly known as the North Glasgow Football Development Group is launching their new after school project in response to the lack of after school football in the north-west part of the city.
 
The project will be run for free by the academy coaches every day after school from 3pm - 5pm and will include daily football and multi-sport coaching. It will aslo include sessions aimed at improving skill mastery, physical literacy and technical training as well as a focus on promoting health and well being.
 
The project will be run out of six schools split into three partnerships of two with the aim of reaching all areas of the north-west of Glasgow. These partnerships are High Park Primary and St. Cuthberts Primary, St. Charles Primary and Dunard Primary, and Park View Primary and St. Mary's Primary.
 
The coaches will have to meet the following requirements if they are interested in the position:
 
HND in relevant sports field (working towards)
Relevant sports coaching qualifications
Sports First Aid qualification
Experience of delivering educational workshops
Strong leadership, organisational and communication skills
Enhanced PVG clearance
 
All applications must include a CV and a covering letter and should be sent to North Kelvin Sports Academy Coordinator Barry Rodgers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
The deadline for all applications is 5pm on 5th January.
Tuesday, 28 November 2017 10:46

Championship comes to Kilwinning SC

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In a tightly-contested Fiona Brown U15’s League, it was Kilwinning SC who emerged as champions, clinching the league on the final game of the season to not only secure the title, but to complete the season undefeated, with a record of nine wins and two draws.
 
The youngsters started the season in style, with two deserved 3-0 wins away to Stenhousemuir and Pollock United respectively, and an incredible 9-1 victory against Motherwell. These results set the tone for much of the season, the only blips being two draws against Glasgow City and Queen of the South. Everything came down to the last game of the season against second-placed Cumbernauld Colts. With the pressure on, the girls held their nerve, beating the Colts 1-0 and bringing home the trophy.
 
Youth Football Scotland caught up with Kilwinning SC Coach Mick Baird for his thoughts on a successful season for his young side.
 
​“It’s been a great season for the girls but it is nothing more than they deserve as their commitment throughout the year has been second to none. They are a great bunch of young ladies and an absolute pleasure to coach. Everyone involved in our team is immensely proud of the girls and what they have achieved this year and we are already looking forward to next season.”
 
When asked about his memorable moments from the season he replied, “There have been several but the two that stand out the most was the final league game against Cumbernauld and the League Cup Final against Kilmarnock at Lesser Hampden. Both very high pressured games and not much to separate the teams on the day but the girls dug deep and secured the wins to lift the League Cup against Kilmarnock and then the league title against Cumbernauld.
 
​“As the season drew to a close we knew there was very little separating ourselves and Cumbernauld and every game was difficult in its own way. An away tie to Rutherglen with only three games to go was a tough one. We knew a win would take us top of the league but Rutherglen were a well organised and strong team and it was deep in the second half before we opened the scoring with a penalty.”
 
With the pressure on it can be difficult to keep teams focused, but Mick Baird says that keeping his team focused was no problem at all. “The girls have played together for a long time and are all good friends away from training and games, there was no need for us as coaches to keep the girls focused as they ensured they kept their close bound throughout the season and played for each other throughout the year.”
 
And on his aims for the next season he said, “To build on the success of this season as we look to make the difficult step up from U15s to U17s.”
 
Congratulations to Kilwinning SC and good luck for the next season.
 
 
 
 
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Barrhead YFC Reds will be travelling to Barcelona this Easter with Trans World Soccer to participate in the Barcelona Easter tournament, and their coach has been discussing their excitement around the trip with Youth Football Scotland.
 
The 2003s Barrhead side are currently unbeaten domestically this season, and have won 4 major honours in their last two seasons. The Barrhead coach Paul Brogan is keen to emulate that success out in Barcelona against ‘the highest level teams from other countries’.
 
This is a tight-nit team with players who have been playing together since they were 6 years old, and that loyalty extends to the coaches who have been there for the same amount of time. Surely this deep understanding of one another will help them to succeed in Barcelona this Easter.
 
If you are interested in participating in Easter or Summer tournaments in 2018, click here and register your interest with Trans World Soccer.
 
 
1.    What tournament will you be going to?
 
We are going to the Barcelona Easter Tournament next year in March/April 2018. 
 
2.    What are you / the team most looking forward to for the trip?
 
I am looking forward to the team making memories that will last with them a lifetime. The opportunity to go to Spain with their team mates, make new friends and experience playing football at the highest level against teams from other countries. The memories they will make will stay with them a lifetime.
 
3.    What is something that people might not know about Barrhead YFC Reds? 
 
Barrhead YFC reds 2003’s are playing football at the under 15’s level. They have been playing 11’s for 3 seasons now. Our first season we won the 1st Division (highest league in the West Region) and won the League Cup. In our second season we have won the West Region Cup and the Scottish Cup. We have won all 4 Major honours we can within our first two seasons. This season we are still unbeaten and looking good for another great season.
 
The core coaching staff have been with this group of players since they were 6 years old and there is still a core of 5 players that have been with the team since they were 6, that’s 8 years. We do not poach players we coach players to develop them.
 
#WHATSYOURSTORY is a campaign to learn more about the teams participating in Trans World Soccer tournaments 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.
Thursday, 14 September 2017 10:09

St Cadocs welcome Scotland hero to training

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St Cadocs Youth Club had a special visitor on Tuesday night - Scotland legend James McFadden. The 800 strong Community Club were delighted that the former Motherwell and Everton star came along to take a training session for starry eyed 2006s. This came after the team's Eva Drummond had scooped the prize in a club raffle.
 
A St Cadocs' spokesperson said: "Nothing was too much trouble for James, happily posing for pictures, signing boots and chatting to the kids whose smiles said it all. 
James joined in a game with the kids along with his own son. At time up he wanted to keep playing - and did!"
 
It was 10 years to the day since that famous goal in Paris and James reflected: "I loved playing for my country but like every kid I started at my local boys club team - West Park. I went to Hearts but left as I missed my Boys Club. I was so impressed tonight by the attitude of the kids. The weather was poor but their enthusiasm was there for all to see.
 
The coaches give up their time but you need that enthusiasm from the kids, it was brilliant to see. We agreed to just get them playing, running about and scoring goals . I loved it."
 
Asked about the facility at Eastwood High, James was full of praise. "My son plays on concrete at the moment and we need more of these 3G facilities. I was really impressed with the whole campus and the pitch itself. Credit to the council for supporting such a large community club.
 
"The fact there were 80 odd St Cadocs kids training on it and developing as potential players was brilliant to see.I 'm aware that Liam Lindsay (Barnsley FC) played with St Cadocs and he is going on to have a good career. I'm sure there will be many more as the years roll by."
 
St Cadocs 2006 Coach Paul O'Neill said: "We were very fortunate that James, who obviously has a great enthusiasm for the grass roots game in Scotland volunteered his services for this training session with our 2006 team. He had a natural way with the kids who revelled in being on the field with a Scottish football great. It just so happened to be on the anniversary of James stunning hit that won us the game against France... which the kids knew all about. Worth noting also that he stayed a lot longer than planned and was swamped by the kids coming to next training session."
 
"St Cadocs Youth Club thank James for giving up his time and wish him all the best at Queen of the South . He gained a lot of new fans tonight."
Wednesday, 30 August 2017 10:13

Clydebank FC launch official youth academy

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One of Scottish football’s most well-known clubs has launched an official youth academy for the first time in their history.
 
Clydebank FC, of the West Super League Premier Division in junior football, announced the revamped set up on Sunday 27 August which will see five different youth teams at separate age groups merge under the Clydebank FC Academy banner.
 
Club secretary Stuart Kelly said he feels the move is a step in the right direction for the club.
 
“It’s a real positive for the club and it shows what we’re all about. People know and respect the name, Clydebank FC, and it just felt like the right time to do this.
 
“They’ll benefit from the size and stature of the club, and the town, and it also better coordinates the process for players getting into our first team.”
 
Previously, teams from boys clubs in the nearby area had came to use the Clydebank FC crest and name, but still operated autonomously from the club itself. The main example is the current Under 19s squad pictured above which, before adopting the Clydebank FC signatures, was affiliated to Milngavie Wanderers.
 
Kelly said the streamlined structure would “get all these teams talking to each other and training with each other” and, with a new 3G pitch on the horizon it would provide the perfect place for young talent to grow.
 
“The new community stadium redevelopment means we’ll have a pitch open every day, all year, complete with floodlights. All boys clubs, girls teams, first team will have access to it and it will make for a real sense of home, bringing all our teams together under the same badge, the same strip and the same pitch, the same home.”
 
Kelly voiced the club’s hopes to attract more teams to the academy to build on the current five age groups, and also ambitions for a girls’ squad. Currently the West Dunbartonshire club has sides at Under 19s, Under 17s, both 11-a-side, and teams at the 2005 and 2007 age groups for 7-a-side and a 2010s team for 4v4s.
 
Kelly also revealed that the junior club’s first team manager, Kieran McAnespie, was a driving force behind the new academy.
 
“Kieran was very much for the idea, really in favour. It makes more sense for us to use our own than to go around looking for players from other clubs, and for the likes of our Under 19s, they get the benefit of playing and being around the first team.
 
“He also wants to get that sense of progression, not just with young guys going up but to like to get first team players coming down to work with 17s and 19s at a coaching level and, perhaps even more importantly, see first-hand what it takes to play for Clydebank and ask questions of the players, some of whom have played in senior leagues.
 
In addition to youth players occasionally training and/or playing with the first team, Kelly said the club plans to involve some of the younger players on matchdays by asking them to be ballboys or to help around the ground.
 
“We can attract around 300 to 500 fans on a good day and our Under 19s got the experience of that when they won the Scottish [Youth FA] Cup last year. Hundreds of Clydebank fans came to watch them in the final and cheer them on, and these people wouldn’t necessarily go to watch Under 19s football but they did because of Clydebank.”
 
Kelly emphasised the importance of the academy in relation to building on the club’s proud heritage. He said: “We of course were a senior club up until the 2000s until administration hit, and had legends like Davie Cooper turning out for us.
 
“The academy is the first step in realising the club’s ambitious plans to become the best in the area. And we’ll always look to progress the club to be the best it can be, whatever level of football that’s at.”
Wednesday, 23 August 2017 13:50

Drumchapel United Club Photo Day

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On Wednesday 30th August, the YFS team visited Drumchapel United for their Club Photo Day and all photos are online. If your photo is not there or you have any questions, please contact us by clicking here.
 
You now fall into three categories:
 
1. If you have not ordered your photos yet, you can now do so by clicking here
 
2. If you ordered your photos on the night of Wednesday 30th August you have nothing to do at this point. Your photos will be available to collect between 6-6.45pm at the Donald Dewar Centre on Wednesday 6th September and any additional photos can be ordered and printed that evening. If you are unable to pick yours up, they will be left with the club to pick up at your convenience.
 
3. If you pre-ordered the discounted bundle, you must now select your photos. You can do so by clicking here, noting the numbers of your photos (the number which appears online, NOT the number from the stand on the night. On some devices you may have to hover over your photo for the number to appear) and filling out the form below. Your photos will be available to collect between 6-6.45pm at the Donald Dewar Centre on Wednesday 6th September and any additional photos can be ordered and printed that evening. If you are unable to pick yours up, they will be left with the club to pick up at your convenience.
 
Form guidance: You can choose any two photos (or the same one twice) as prints, one photo for a keyring and one photo for a magnet. Please include the age group and photo number in each box. 
 
E.G. '2006 photo 5' or '2002 photo 35 x 2'
 
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On Monday 21st August, the YFS team visited Renton Craigandro for their Club Photo Day. Team, individual and special request photos were taken across all age groups. The photos can be found by clicking here.
 
On Monday 28th August between 6-7pm, YFS will return to the club and deliver all of the photos ordered. Whilst the pre-order special offer has now passed, you still have the opportunity to make a saving against regular prices. All photo prints (8x6 with boarded frame), keyrings and fridge magnets will be available for £7 until that evening. Afterwards, regular pricing will apply.
 
If you pre-ordered a bundle and did not specify your photo numbers on the night, click here to use the YFS contact form and let us know.
 
We strongly recommend that you order your photos ahead of the evening using the form below. All orders made in advance will be ready to pick up. We will accept orders made on the night, but there is likely to be a waiting period.
 
When ordering, please use the photo numbers on the website and NOT the photo numbers displayed on Monday evening.
 
Photo order form:
Example of what to enter in the 'item and photo numbers' box:
Frame - 2006 Pic 5 (x2), Keyring - 2006 Pic 10, Magnet - 2006 Pic 7.
 
Number of items
Your items & photo numbers
Irvine Meadow 2006s have taken it upon themselves to donate surplus funds from a bag packing event to charity close to home.
 
The team's players made the decision to give £200 to the Kieran Mess Foundation, a charity in honour of a young Irvine boy who lost his fight with a brain tumour in 2006, aged just ten.
 
Coach Paul Kellington gave all the credit to his players for their kind initiative. "This is a fantastic gesture from a youth football team and we are so proud of the boys. It was all their idea."
 
The relationship with the Kieran Mess Foundation started through one of the team's players, Aaron, who is close with the family. The charity agreed to be the home strip sponsor for Irvine Meadow 2006 last season, and Kellington said "They've been brilliant with us. We've tried to work alongside them to raise the profile of the problem as best we can, and they do it as best they can."
 
Kieran Mess fought with the effects of his brain tumour for seven years before he could give no more. Kellington said the fact his boy is now the same age made it hit home for him.
 
You can learn more about the Kieran Mess Foundation here: http://www.thekieranmessfoundation.org/ 
Tuesday, 04 July 2017 20:08

Southside Stars U13s clinch ERSDA title

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Southside stars U13s remarkably collected the ERSDA trophy in only their first season in existence. The stars didn’t even concede defeat during their league campaign and we got the chance to chat to boss Tommy Steele to find out about their season in more detail.

The Stars won everything in front of them in their first year as a team and Tommy said this about how proud he was of his team “This was our first season as a club. We only founded a year and a half ago so I couldn’t have even imagined winning the league. I was just going to be happy with the top 4 as that was our aim before the season so to win the league and the domestic cup is unbelievable”

When asked about his favourite moment of his sides 16/17 campaign he said “It wasn’t even winning the league or the cup,  it was that we were in a tournament there, with all the top teams in Paisley and we won the tournament. So for me, I got more satisfaction out of that as we were playing the top teams. The league was exciting as we had to play Palace Park in the final game so it was a bit nerve wracking but it was good when the boys actually won it to see them enjoy themselves”

Southside Stars had many highs throughout the seasons but still endured challenges. When asked about his biggest challenge, Steele said this about his biggest obstacle. “It was trying to get the new boys embedded into the team. Because it was the first season and trying to find out what position suited each person. But apart from that it went smoothly with no major problems”

To nail down what the reason for success was for a season can be tricky but Tommy said this, “I just feel like the boys worked well together. I done all of the secretary stuff all the organising. The 3 coaches also Phillip, Kev, Robert Mulan and David Fraser. David is the young coach he is learning from the others so they all worked well together. Between us all, we all played our roles well. which made it easier."

After debuting with perfect season Tommy still has high aspirations for the next season. “We have moved up to a harder league to the Paisley District League which is more teams round our level with one of the teams, St Peters winning the Scottish cup and finishing high in their league. The plan is to test ourselves in that league with a few new boys. We are also starting a new team, taking one team to the district league and leaving the other in the ERSDA league”

Tommy made some final comments about his team “It is good now we have a development set up as the boys can have a season to develop to try and work their way up to the district league which is going to be a higher standard. There was no better feeling however than seeing the boys lifting the trophy and just enjoying themselves” 

Congratulations to Southside Stars and all the best to the two teams in their upcoming seasons.

 

 

 

Saturday, 24 June 2017 21:50

Milngavie FC festival a 'phenomenal' success

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Milngavie FC invited a former professional footballer, SFA representatives and Miss Scotland to join in the fun in their first ever football festival.

The event, which took place at the West of Scotland Rugby Club, had inflatables and an outdoor disco providing the off-field entertainment to go with a special SFA Showcase for the football side.  A VIP tent welcomed former Motherwell star and St Johnstone, Burnley and Blackburn Rovers manager, Owen Coyle, along with local councillors and event sponsors.

The festival ran for the first time last year as a schools-only event, and this year the club decided to increase the size and scale to mark the return of Milngavie Week, with the newly-formed Community Trust asking the football club to put on an event for nearby teams. Secretary Caroline Diaz and the rest of the committee at the club took up the mantle and for this year faced an ever bigger challenge with providing something bigger and better.

Ms Diaz called the event a ‘phenomenal success’, and points to the evidence of 65 teams participating and 800 medals being dished out on the day – by none other than Miss Scotland – and the weather being kind to boot.

The teams taking part included boys and girls, and an over-50s group playing walking football. There was also a disability group, and Ms Diaz paid particular tribute to Mr Coyle’s affable engagement with them.

Describing the event as a whole, she said: ‘To be honest, the amount of hard work the team put in, some of us working for over ten hours, just makes it even more of a massive satisfaction.

‘It was phenomenal and a huge thank you has to go to all the coaches, parents, committee and volunteers. Without them we wouldn’t have been able to run the activities, or have baking on sale – and enough staff to keep working the bar which got drank dry!’

Next season marks the club’s thirtieth anniversary and Ms Diaz joked that they will need to up their ante once again come Milngavie Week to top this year’s festival’s success.

 

Ryan Rowe

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