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Thursday, 14 November 2013 15:15 Written by Aaron McGinn
U15's Glasgow and District YFL
10 November 2013
Milngavie Wanderers reasserted their local dominance with another comfortable win over local rivals Knightswood which put them 8 points clear at the top of the table in pursuit of their third successive title. Despite a pretty sloppy first half at times, the result was never in doubt and a far slicker second period saw them emerge as comfortable victors. Joe Slee got two while there were classy finishes from Nathan Carmichael, Duncan Nicolson and Alberto Vezza respectively.
Wanderers were slow to get into their stride and their first opportunity came out of nowhere on seven minutes when Kalvin Warren cracked the crossbar with a wonderful, dipping effort from 30 yards. When they finally did revert to their usual passing game they were rewarded with a goal almost instantly on 18 minutes. James Logan found full-back Rory McInnes breaking forward and he played in Nathan Carmichael who drilled in a wonderful effort from a tight angle, beating his former teammate Ryan Gilles at his near post.
The lead was doubled only two minutes later when Joe Slee superbly chipped Gilles from all of 30 yards. Wanderers were going in for the kill now and Slee pinged a free kick to the back post where Warren headed over before Ben Jenkins, just back from illness, crossed for Alberto Vezza who was unsuccessful with two attempts on goal.
On 32 minutes, Warren embarked on a jinking run before shooting wide from the edge of the 18 yard and just on half time, Aiden Young's speculative shot from distance was held by Gilles.
Half Time: Milngavie Wanderers 2-0 Knightswood
In contrast to the first half, Wanderers looked deadly right from the off in the second: only two minutes after the restart, Slee chased what looked like a lost cause to the by-line before drilling the ball into the 6 yard box where Duncan Nicolson was on hand to back-heel it home with his first touch since coming on as a half time substitute.
Five minutes later it was four when Alberto Vezza picked the ball up just outside the box and set off on a trademark run, skipping by three players like they weren't there before tucking it neatly into the bottom corner.
Trialists Arran McDonald and James Macmillan then entered the fray and the former was involved almost immediately on 56 minutes, doing well to get on the end of McInnes' cross to volley just wide. Both looked assured in possession and slotted into the team well.
The fifth and final goal came on 57 minutes when Vezza played in Slee just inside the box and his left footed shot was too hot to handle as it ended up in the top corner despite Gilles getting a hand to it.
Almost right from the kick-off, Wanderers nearly blew their clean sheet when Cameron McLean broke free for the visitors but his shot (his side's first of the game) was comfortably held by keeper Ross Fisher.
Vezza then played in Nicolson, whose shot with his weaker left foot was deflected wide. Nicolson was then involved in the game's one remaining flashpoint as he was chopped down by Reece Stepney who was shown a red card with no complaints from the Knightswood sideline.
Milngavie then saw out the game comfortably with the last touch of the game going to Kyle Campbell who put his free kick over the bar. With this the champions extended their unbeaten run in the league to 20 months with what was also their 21st league win on the bounce. With the earlier postponement of the Busby and Celtic game, their lead at the top of the table is now 8 points over second placed Airdrie United.
Full Time: Milngavie Wanderers 5-0 Knightswood
Sunday, 10 November 2013 22:20 Written by YFS Editor 1
North Glasgow 0 v 9 Rangers SABC
Busby Am ‘B’ 4 v 3 Hampden BC
Westerton 5 v 1 Cardonald Th
Celtic BC 9 v 0 Thistle BC
Celtic BC 2 v 1 Rangers SABC
Drumchapel Am 0 v 2 Finnart
Dunoon 3 v 0 Ardeer Thistle
Muirton 3 v 7 Kelvindale
Old Firm A 3 v 7 Airdrie BC
Southside 0 v 2 Pollok Utd
Milngavie BC 5 v 0 Knightswood
Jim Johnstone 3 v 1 Celtic BC
Celtic Youth 1 v 1 Lenzie YC
Busby Am 3 v 0 Dee Club
Quarriers 1 v 4 Old Firm Alliance
Baillieston Jnrs 3 v 2 Erskine
Rossvale Thistle 11 v 0 Crookston
Westerton 6 v 4 Arthurlie
GSC Utd 2 v 7 Harmony Row
Newark 1 v 0 Andalius Ansar
Rangers SABC 10 v 2 Barrhead
Arthurlie 4 v 0 Rossvale BC
Summerston 1 v 11 Camlachie
Antonine 14 v 0 Bishopton
St Mirren YFC 4 v 1 Harmony Row
Easthall 1 v 4 Gleniffer Thistle
Baljaffrey 4 v 3 Milngavie BC
West Park Utd 1 v 2 Largs Colts
Rossvale Madrid 3 v 1 Busby Am
St Andrews 0 v 1 Glencairn
Vale of Clyde 4 v 7 Kilpatrick
Maryhill Jnr 4 v 1 Third Lanark
West Park Utd 2 v 1 Hamilton Accies
Pt Glasgow BC 2 v 2 (0-2pens) Drumchapel Ams
Glasgow Thistle 1 v 5 Dunoon
Eastwood 2 v 4 Easthall Star
EKFC ‘Blue’ 4 v 4 (4-3pens) Kings Park
Clydebank 2 v 1 Gourock
Glentyan This 5 v 1 GSC Saltire
Harmony Row 0 v 3 GSC Swift
Baillieston 1 v 0 Rossvale BC
EKFC ‘Gold’ 3 v 0 Blackburn Rovers
St Mirren YFC 15 v 0 Crookston
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 14:19 Written by Forde McGhee
The Rangers Supporters Assocation Boys Club was Founded in 1960 by the former Club President the late Mr Bill Baldie. The club is still continuing to produce great young footballing talent to hopefully make a breakthrough into the Pro teams. The club has had some very talented players in its teams and they've gone on to Pro Youth and so on. The former Rangers player Barry Ferguson was scouted up from this very club and many more players such as Lee McCulloch, Ross McCormack and John Rankin have played for the club in there early days.
One player who recently got picked up from Rangers SABC was Ryan Gemmell who was part of last years Under 17's GADYFL league cup winning side (pictured, right), shortly after that game where the Gers beat Clydebank at Toryglen, midfielder Gemmell signed for Alloa Athletic. I got the chance to speak to Ryan recently and ask him what he thought about Rangers SABC.
"The club as a whole is ran superbly. If you had problem with anything they would make sure they would be able to help out in any way they could, the coaching staff were brilliant with the boys and they made sure that everyone fitted in to the team, they knew when to have a laugh and when to be serious and all the boys respected them, the boys I played with were class and they made sure everyone fitted into the team as well and on the pitch they fought for one another and they'd always have one another's backs, when I told the coaches and the players about Alloa wanting me to go up to train they were delighted for me and they didn't have a problem with me doing so, they helped me progress as a player and throughout my time at rangers the boys and coaches were brilliant, I enjoyed my football the most at rangers and throughout my time the lads, coaches and parents were excellent."
Every age group at the club knows that they have a huge reputation to keep up and that bringing success to the club is vital but also coaching the boys to be the best they possibly can be. Angus Johnston of the Rangers S.A.B.C Under 15's had a few things to say about how boys progress on the club recently
"That is the constitution of the club to bring young players through and move them onto pro clubs, that was the main aim of setting up the club to try and put something back into Rangers FC as a whole, we would love to see all our boys play for Rangers in an ideal world but if not we don't really care if it's Celtic, Aberdeen, Hearts or Hibs as long as the boys are playing at that level. We have a very strong link with Rangers which helps a lot when you have very talented players in your side and at times if we come up against players who are spectacular we pass there names on to Rangers to watch, we as a club are all about improving the boys and moving them on to a better place."
The list of names of players that have progressed from the ranks of the club are huge with players like Charlie Miller, Gordon Smith, Graham Dorrans and John Spencer all playing at one point having at spell at Rangers SABC gives a huge confidence boost for young players at the club currently knowing that players like that have been were they are just now and if the club keeps up their traditions I am sure in years to come that list of names will grow larger.
Tuesday, 05 November 2013 15:39 Written by Aaron McGinn
U16 Glasgow & District YFL
Sir Alex Ferguson Park
05 November 2013
Rossvale started the match better than Harmony Row with some good early interchange of passing between Bradley Nicklin, Andrew Davidson, Aiden Wisely, Alan Dunsmore and Jack Crumlish.
It took 3 minutes for Rossvale to create their first opportunity on goal when an Aiden Wisely shot from the edge of the penalty area narrowly clearing the crossbar.
Rossvale were on the front foot from this point and created another clear opportunity 7 minutes later when the Harmony Row keeper had to be at his best to make a good save from Bradley Nicklin after being set up by Paul King just inside the penalty area.
Kieran Allison was looking assured upon his return to the Rossvale team alongside Ryan Kane and Daniel Crawley in the Rossvale defence seldom being threatened in the early stages.
With 20 minutes on the clock Cameron Ralston had the Harmony Row keeper scrambling along his line after he got on the end of a Paul King flick on only to see his shot finish just wide of the post.
Paul King thought he had broken the deadlock 8 minutes later when his curling right foot shot from outside the left hand side of the penalty area had the Harmony keeper beat only to see it rebound off the crossbar.
The breakthrough finally came in the 36th minute of a pulsating half when a Paul King corner from the left hand side was curled in over the Harmony keeper and into the far corner of the net.
This seemed to spark Harmony into life and the Rossvale lead was nullified 3 minutes later just on the stroke of half time when a long range effort beat the Rossvale keeper and finished high in the net.
Half Time: Harmony Row 1-1 Rossvale Thistle
The second half started evenly balanced with both teams playing some good football but with only half chances being created.
Rossvale gained the lead for a second time in the 11th minute of the second half as a result of a fine passing combination which started with Paul King from a central position who played it to Bradley Nicklin on the right hand side. Bradley then played a neat 1-2 with Cameron Ralston on the edge of the Harmony penalty area before riffling his left foot shot under the Harmony keeper.
The Rossvale lead was extended to two 6 minutes later. A Jack Crumlish corner from the left hand side was only partially cleared to outside the opposite side of the penalty area. Paul King was first to react, his first touch took him away from a Harmony defender and his second touch was to deliver a cross to the unmarked Craig Cassidy who had come on at half time. Craig's downward header was too much for the Harmony keeper despite his efforts.
Rossvale were comfortable at this point however the match was set up for a grandstand finish with 2 minutes to go.
Harmony Row were awarded a freekick 23 yards from the Rossvale goal. The resulting freekick not only beat the Rossvale wall but also the outstretched Stephen Roy.
Harmony were now in the ascendency pushing for an equalizer and were denied in the last minute by Stephen Roy who palmed the ball over the bar as a result of a header from a corner.
Rossvale managed to ride out the storm to hold on to their lead.
Full Time: Harmony Row 2-3 Rossvale Thistle
Monday, 04 November 2013 10:56 Written by Aaron McGinn
U15's Glasgow and District YFL
Overlee Playing Fields
03 November 2013
Two late goals from skipper Jack Carson were required as Milngavie kept up their 100% start this season and notched up their 20th league win on the bounce in the process against an impressive Busby side. Despite dominating the first half and creating chance after chance, the champions only had the one goal from Duncan Nicolson to show for their efforts at the break. Busby pegged them back spectacularly in the second 40 before Carson's vital intervention.
As per, Wanderers came flying out the traps and Kyle Campbell just failed to connect with Rory McInnes' low ball across the six yard box on three minutes. Nicolson then had a low shot held at the near post before Alberto Vezza found Nathan Carmichael with a through ball but his effort went high and wide. Nicolson then played in Campbell whose effort, along with Carmichael's follow up, was saved by the keeper. James Logan had a shot saved on ten minutes before Milngavie inevitably took the lead: Campbell whipped in a good ball from the left hand side to Carmichael, whose near post flick found Nicolson at the back post who volleyed home.
Things calmed down a bit after the goal and it wasn't until the 25th minute that another effort was carved out - Vezza went on a good run down the left hand side and cut it back to Carmichael but his shot was tipped wide by the keeper. The next then came in the dying embers of the half as McInnes, full of confidence after last week's hat-trick, hit a good first time effort just over the bar from distance.
Half Time: Busby Amatuers 0-1 Milngavie Wanderers
Joe Slee had a shot saved by the keeper just two minutes after the restart but apart from that it was Busby who started the second half stronger, forcing Ross Fisher into a good save on 51 minutes. Jack Carson then fired wide for the visitors before Busby levelled on 57; their number three beating Fisher from all of 25 yards with a wonderful dipping effort.
Slee sent an effort just wide and Vezza rounded the keeper on the end of another great run but his shot hit the side netting. A goal mouth scramble then saw numerous chances to score squandered and it looked like the game was heading for a draw. That was not accounting for the intervention of the captain Carson though and he restored his side's lead 4 minutes from time when Campbell collected the ball off Slee and cut it back for his skipper to fire into the bottom corner. Cue delirium from the Milngavie players and coaches with Carson choosing the perfect time to get his first competitive goal of the season.
He topped that though deep into injury time with Campbell the provider again: the diminutive midfielder put the ball through the defender's legs before playing a one-two with Slee and playing the ball deep into the six yard box where Carson was on hand to back-heel the ball into the net. Game, set and match as Milngavie took advantage of Celtic's defeat to Airdrie to open up a 6 point lead at the top of the table.
Full Time: Busby Amateurs 1-3 Milngavie Wanderers
Monday, 04 November 2013 00:35 Written by YFS Editor 1
Glasgow & District YFL
Westerton 2 v 5 Busby Am ‘A’
Clyde BC 5 v 0 Cardonald This
Giffnock 5 v 4 Thistle BC
Finnart 1 v 9 Dumbarton Utd
Busby Am ‘B’ 0 v 5 Rangers SABC
Castlemilk BC 0 v 8 Drumchapel Am
Kelvindale This 5 v 6 Bellfield BC
Finnart 2 v 1 Muirton BC
Airdrie BC 5 v 1 Celtic BC
Busby Am 1 v 3 Milngavie BC
Rangers SABC 4 v 4 Fulham
Knightswood BC 4 v 1 Pollok Utd
Harmony Row 2 v 3 Rossvale Thistle
Rangers SABC 4 v 0 Andalus Ansar
+Antonine 4 v 3 Lenzie YC
Rossvale BC 4 v 1 Celtic BC
MYF 2 v 7 Celtic Youth
UNDER 19 (Div 1)
+Pt Glasgow 1 v 3 Kilpatrick BC
+St Mirren 4 v 3 Clydebank
Lenzie YC 0 v 3 Easthall Star
+ Glentyan Thistle 2 v 5 Harmony Row
Baillieston Jnrs 1 v 1 Rossvale BC
+West Park Utd 3 v 0 Cardonald Thistle
UNDER 19 (Div 2)
Rossvale Madrid 2 v 3 Rossvale Milan
Milngavie BC 2 v 0 Glasgow Thistle
Easthall 4 v 7 Busby Am
Crookston 6 v 2 West Park Utd
Trans World Soccer Scottish Youth FA Cup
Tass Thistle 0 v 5 Celtic BC
Jim Johnstone 6 v 0 Whitburn
Maryhill Jnrs 3 v 4 EKFC ‘Gold’
Sunday, 27 October 2013 23:05 Written by YFS Editor 1
Glasgow & District YFL
North Glasgow Utd 0 v 7 Westerton
Hampden BC 1 v 5 Clyde
Dumbarton 9 v 0 Giffnock
Celtic BC 9 v 1 Finnart
Dean Thistle 1 v 6 Kelvindale This
Muirton BC 1 v 2 Castlemilk BC
Rangers SABC 5 v 2 Pollok Utd
Knightswood 1 v 5 Fulham BC
Newtown Utd 3 v 4 MYF
UNDER 19 (Div 1)
Glentyan Thistle 0 v 4 St Mirren YFC
UNDER 19 (Div 2)
Glasgow Thistle 2 v 0 Rossvale Madrid
Third Lanark 1 v 1 Milngavie BC
Glencairn 7 v 2 Busby Am
Drumchapel Am 5 v 0 Crookston
West Park Utd 5 v 4 Dunoon
Vale of Clyde 2 v 0 Argyle Ath
Trans World Soccer Scottish Youth FA Cup
Broxburn 4 v 0 Cardonald Thistle
Formantine 0 v 9 Rangers SABC
Rangers SABC 2 v 6 Milton
Dundee Celtic 1 v 3 Celtic Jnrs
Monteith 1 v 0 Finnart
Drumchapel Am 1 v 3 Dundee West
Milngavie Wanderers 6 v 1 Callander
Culter BC 0 v 6 Airdrie BC
Cumbernauld Colts 3 v 2 Celtic BC
Currie 4 v 1 Rangers SABC
Calvary Park 4 v 7 Rossvale Thistle
Harmony Row 2 v 3 Craigie Utd
Cardonald Thistle 0 v 1 Cumbernauld Colts
Westerton 1 v 3 Tynecastle
Celtic BC 4 v 2 Eastwood Juv
Busby Am 3 v 1 (ABAND) Dee Club
Antonine 9 v 0 Bishopton
Peterhead 1 v 3 Lenzie YC
Camlachie 5 v 3 Cove BC
Celtic Youth 2 v 5 Leith Ath
Clydebank Utd 4 v 0 Letham SC
Pt Glasgow BC 2 v 3 St Mirren YFC
Hutchison Vale 3 v 2 Clydebank FC
Grahamstone 0 v 2 Baillieston Jnrs
Easthall Star 2 v 4 Johnstone Burgh
Kilpatrick BC 1 v 4 Albion Rovers
Rossvale BC 1 v 0 EKYC
Largs Colts 3 v 1 Kings Park
Maryhill Jnrs 3 v 3 EKFC ‘Gold’
Craigroyston 1 v 5 Harmony Row
Under 15's GADYFL
20 October 2013
Milngavie Wanderers continued their 100% start to the season with their sixth win in as many games although they made this match far more difficult for themselves than it ought to have been. Despite taking a very early lead they were pegged back for much of the first half with only two stunning stops from keeper Ross Fisher stopping them from conceding. They rallied into a 3 goal lead in the second half before giving away 2 soft goals but were then able to score 2 more to secure a 5-2 win.
As mentioned, there was an early goal and it went the way of the Wanderers when Alberto Vezza shut down a defensive clearance which ricocheted through to Kalvin Warren who stroked the ball past the exposed keeper and into the bottom left-hand corner.
While you'd be forgiven for thinking a deluge of goals would follow such an early breakthrough, that proved to be as good as it got for the home side in the first half. Around the twenty minute mark, Joe Slee and Warren both sent free kicks wide of the post and Vezza's lob from distance sailed just wide before Airdrie began to come into the game.
On 26 minutes Ross Fisher made a superb one-handed save at full stretch to prevent the top corner from bursting before he was called into action again ten minutes later when the Diamonds beat the offside trap to go one on one but Fisher bravely got his body in the way of a fierce close range shot.
Wanderers improved in the dying minutes of the half as Ben Jenkins rattled a superb distant effort off the bar before Vezza saw another effort deflected wide but they would have been relieved to get in for half time with their lead still intact and they had their keeper to thank for that.
Half time: Milngavie Wanderers 1-0 Airdrie United
Milngavie set out with a point to prove in the second period and it paid dividends almost immediately as they doubled their lead with a touch of class only 60 seconds after the restart. Kalvin Warren cut in from the right and evaded one defender as he bore down on goal before calmly rolling the ball round the keeper and leaving him in his wake to tap into the unguarded net.
Airdrie wasted no time trying to cut the deficit though and Scott Hutton had to be at full stretch to block a dangerous looking cutback across Fisher's goal and put it over the bar.
The next real chance however, fell to skipper Jack Carson but he failed to make good contact with the ball and sent a free header wide on 48 minutes before the game was seemingly put to bed on the hour mark: Joe Slee's effort from the edge of the box rattled off the post and out to Vezza on the left who floated the ball into the six yard box onto the waiting head of Warren whose weak header certainly didn't look goal bound before substitute Bailey Williams spared his blushes to prod home from a yard out.
Airdrie weren't buried yet though and got two soft goals back on the 64th and 68th minute before Carson headed over from a corner on 70 minutes for Milngavie.
Just as a nervy finish looked to be on the cards for the champions, Slee set Warren free on the right hand side before continuing his run to gather a return pass on the edge of the box which he laid off to the oncoming Williams to coolly side-foot home for his second of the game.
A touch of gloss was then added to the win two minutes later when Vezza played a great through ball to Warren who calmly dinked it over the keeper for his 24th of a very prolific season so far and Milngavie's fifth of the game.
Full time: Milngavie Wanderers 5-2 Airdrie United
Milngavie squad: Ross Fisher, Nathan Carmichael, Josh Shovlin, James Logan, Scott Hutton, Ben Jenkins, Jack Carson, Duncan Nicolson, Kalvin Warren (2',41',76'), Alberto Vezza, Joe Slee, Bailey Williams (59',74'), Aiden Young, Kyle Campbell
Sunday, 20 October 2013 23:35 Written by YFS Editor 1
Westerton 1 v 8 Rangers SABC
Cardonald Th 1 v 2 Hampden BC
Busby ‘B’ 2 v 6 Dumbarton Utd
Celtic BC 9 v 0 Giffnock
Finnart 9 v 4 Thistle BC
Clyde 1 v 6 Busby ‘A’
Bellfield 8 v 4 Muirton
Castlemilk 1 v 9 Rangers SABC
Celtic Jnr 5 v 1 Finnart
Ardeer Th 0 v 9 Drumchapel Am
Kelvindale 9 v 1 Dunoon
Cali This 0 v 5 Dean Thistle
East End Phoenix 0 v 9 Celtic BC
Milngavie Wand 5 v 2 Airdrie BC
Pollok Utd 3 v 5 Busby Am
Fulham 4 v 3 Rangers SABC
Knightswood 5 v 0 Old Firm Alliance
Rossvale This 4 v 1 Baillieston Jnrs
Andalus Ansar 0 v 9 Harmony Row
Westerton 6 v 0 Old Firm Alliance
Jim Johnstone 2 v 1 Rangers SABC
Antonine 9 v 1 Camlachie
Lenzie YC 5 v 4 St Mirren YFL
Summerston 1 v 8 Rossvale BC
MYF 0 v 9 Busby Am
UNDER 19 (Div 1)
Glentyan Thistle 1 v 9 EKFC ‘Gold’
Pt Glasgow BC 5 v 3 Easthall Star
Maryhill Jnr 3 v 2 Clydebank
Rossvale BC 3 v 1 Kilpatrick BC
UNDER 19 (Div 2)
Glencairn 2 v 1 Rossvale Milan
Easthall 2 v 1 Glasgow Thistle
Rossvale Madrid 2 v 0 Third Lanark
Crookston 6 v 8 Busby Am
Dunoon 3 v 4 Drumchapel Am
Sunday, 13 October 2013 20:44 Written by YFS Editor 1
Rangers SABC 9 v 0 Finnart
Hampden BC 2 v 3 Busby Am ‘A’
Westerton 3 v 2 Clyde
Celtic BC 4 v 0 Dumbarton Utd
Cardonald This 9 v 0 Thistle BC
Celtic BC 9 v 1 Ardeer Thistle
Rangers SABC 3 v 2 Bellfield
Finnart BC 7 v 0 Castlemilk
Drumchapel Am 3 v 1 Kelvindale Thistle
Dean Thistle 1 v 2 Muirton
Old Firm Alliance 1 v 9 Milngavie Wand
Celtic BC 8 v 0 Southside
Airdrie 6 v 0 Pollok Utd
Baillieston Jnrs 3 v 1 Cardonald Thistle
Celtic BC 4 v 3 Rangers SABC
Pollok Utd 5 v 9 Andalus Ansar
Harmony Row 2 v 1 Westerton
Old Firm Alliance 0 v 4 Jim Johnstone
Rossvale BC 3 v 1 Busby Am A Barclay
Camlachie 3 v 0 Celtic Youth D Jamison
Newtown Utd 0 v 9 Lenzie YC H Boswell
UNDER 19 (Div 1)
EKFC ‘Gold’ 2 v 2 Kilpatrick
Cardonald This 2 v 0 Lenzie YC
St Mirren YFC 2 v 3 Harmony Row
Port Glasgow BC 0 v 2 West Park Utd
Glentyan Thistle 1 v 5 Rossvale BC
UNDER 19 (Div 2)
Rossvale Milan 0 v 2 Argyle Ath
Third Lanark 9 v 0 Crookston
Rossvale Madrid 5 v 1 Easthall
Busby Am 3 v 4 Vale of Clyde
Drumchapel Am 3 v 1 Kings Park
+Glasgow Thistle 4 v 1 Glencairn
Blantyre has always been proud of its football heritage having many clubs inside and in the surrounding areas team like Blantyre Victoria, Blantyre Celtic etc. But in 2010 there was a huge change in the community of Blantyre in a footballing sense when Blantyre Boys Club changed into Blantyre Soccer Academy soley at the 2003 age group and this would spark a bright future ahead for the people of Blantyre interested in the sport.
Since being founded back in 2010 Blantyre Soccer Academy now currently works with over 280 young people and the age range of this cohort ranges from 3 years of age through to 11 years of age. They also have an Under 19 and Amateur team which provides a full player pathway for The Academy. Blantyre Soccer Academy is, in line with our attempt is currently seeking to increase our number to 300+ active young people and adults over the next 12 months. After speaking to members of the club they think this is eminently achievable with assistance.
The Academy strives to promote positive living, nutrition, discipline and exercise and instill in young people the advantages of a healthy lifestyle. The Academy seeks to provide young people with positive role models and regularly invites successful sports persons to visit young people so as to encourage them to participate in the diversionary and positive activities promoted by the club.
At present Blantyre Soccer Academy require to travel throughout the local district attempting to source football pitches for our home matches. As a purely voluntary organisation this can be a somewhat arduous and time consuming process for our committee. As the vast majority of our young people come from the local Blantyre area, sourcing a permanent home in Blantyre would be enormously beneficial in assisting the club in moving forward and in consolidating our position as a force for cohesiveness, integration, fitness and our ability to continue to act as a focus for good in the area.
I recently got the chance to talk to Mary Sneddon who is part of the new Under 19's set up within the academy and asked her how her and the team on a whole were liking life being part of the academy and how they as a team wanted to build for the future and she told me:
"We are really enjoying being part of the academy, everyone has been very welcoming. The academy as a whole want its own facilities and also want to add more younger teams in the future to expand again, we as a team are encouraging our players to get in to coaching and helping out with the younger teams, we look to make the academy bigger and stronger for the future and think that is possible because we are in a very professional environment with a lot of supportive people around us".
Also recently BSA picked up the National Grassroots Community Champions Award at Hampden which was presented by Kenny Daglish and just shortly before that BSA Chairman and Under 19's coach Joe McGuire received the South West region's grassroots award for best volunteer in youth football. So promising times ahead for an already very successful soccer academy in the area of Blantyre.
Sunday, 06 October 2013 21:34 Written by YFS Editor 1
Finnart 8 v 1 North Glasgow
Giffnock 0 v 9 Rangers SABC
Clyde 1 v 2 Hampden BC
Busby ‘B’ 1 v 5 Busby ‘A’
Dumbarton Utd 1 v 9 Cardonald This
Thistle BC 0 v 9 Celtic BC
Kelvindale 1 v 6 Celtic BC
Ardeer Th 1 v 9 Rangers SABC
Bellfield 0 v 1 Finnart
Celtic Jnr 9 v 0 Castlemilk
Muirton 4 v 5 Dunoon
Busby Am 6 v 0 Southside
Pollok Utd 5 v 0 Old Firm All
Milngavie Wand 5 v 2 Celtic BC
Fulham BC 2 v 1 Airdrie
Knightswood 5 v 3 Rangers SABC
Cardonald Th 0 v 3 Celtic BC
Westerton 9 v 0 Pollok Utd
Jim Johnstone 2 v 3 Harmony Row
Rangers SABC 7 v 2 Old Firm All
Summerston 9 v 0 Newtown Utd
Lenzie YC 3 v 0 Camlachie
Antonine 6 v 1 Celtic BC
Celtic Youth 1 v 1 Busby Am
MYF 2 v 9 Rossvale BC
St Mirren 0 v 7 Clydebank Utd
UNDER 19 – Div 1
Clydebank 1 v 3 EKFC ‘Gold’
Harmony Row 3 v 0 Easthall Star
West Park Utd 1 v 2 St Mirren
Lenzie YC 0 v 7 Pt Glasgow BC
Baillieston Jnr 4 v 2 Glentyan Thistle
Rossvale 5 v 2 Maryhill Jnrs
Cardonald This 3 v 2 Kilpatrick
UNDER 19 – Div 2
Dunoon 3 v 3 Rossvale Milan
Crookston 0 v 8 Glasgow Thistle
Easthall FC 3 v 2 Milngavie BC
EKFC ‘Blue’ 1 v 5 Rossvale BC
Argyle Ath 2 v 1 Busby Am
Vale of Clyde 3 v 6 Drumchapel Ams
Kings Park 1 v 0 West Park Utd
Saturday, 05 October 2013 20:30 Written by YFS Editor 2
Giffnock Soccer Centre has been helping to support the children and young adults on our Miale Programmes and Kids Joy Sports Programme for a number of years. This valued support has mainly involved the collection of football strips, both old GSC Club strips but also a large number of ordinary football kit collected from families of players within the Club. Giffnock Soccer Centre has also also raised money through a number of fundraising events such as sponsored runs, a Disco and Casino Night, a Sportsman's Dinner and an incredible sponsored cycle from Glasgow all the way to Denmark!
This incredible support has resulted in a massive £12,000 fundraising total which was handed over last week at the Giffnock Soccer Centre training pitches by some of the younger team members!
Saturday, 05 October 2013 20:23 Written by YFS Editor 2
Grassroots club, Giffnock Soccer Centre, has been named winner of the prestigious Best Community Football Club Award at the 2013 Scottish FA Grassroots Awards thanks to their incredible work providing football to over 900 grassroots footballers in their local region.
Representatives from Giffnock Soccer Centre collected the award at Hampden Park at the national ceremony from McDonald’s Head of Scottish Football, Kenny Dalglish and Scotland Assistant National Coach Mark McGhee.
Giffnock Soccer Centre, founded in 1995, isrun entirely by over 160 unpaid grassroots coaches who dedicate their time and efforts to the club.
As one of the largest Scottish FA Quality Mark Community Clubs in the area it has recently witnessed rapid expansion growing from nearly 600 players to over 900 thanks to the introduction of more age groups and a girls section in the last couple of years.
The club firmly believe that all should have an opportunity to play and offer a variety of options to young grassroots footballers in the area depending on their ability.
Most importantly though no player is left out and those that are not selected for matches have dedicated training put on for them on Saturday mornings so each player can participate each week in a safe and fun environment.
Over 160 volunteers from across the area dedicate countless hours each week to the club and thanks to their time the club have been able to set up a girls section and a disability football section.
Giffnock Soccer Centre is all about one thing - providing for their community and making sure football is available to everyone who wants to take part.
Now in their 10th year, the awards recognise and celebrate the young players, clubs, coaches and volunteers in the six Scottish FA Regions, who dedicate their time to grassroots football in their local community.
This year, hundreds of nominations were received from across the country, with nominees first recognised at a regional level across the five volunteer categories before going on to be shortlisted for the national awards.
McDonald’s Head of Scottish Football, Kenny Dalglish said: “Giffnock Soccer Centre is just one great example of the work being done by grassroots clubs across Scotland. The volunteers that dedicate countless hours of time have created something really quite special that allows hundreds of young aspiring footballers the opportunity to participate in the game on a weekly basis.
"More importantly though it offers everyone an opportunity to play regardless of ability and that is fantastic. It’s important that we recognise them and say thank you for their extraordinary efforts. My congratulations go to Giffnock Soccer Centre it was a pleasure to present them with an award.”