Bargeddie Colts are a youth football club playing out of Bargeddie in the Monklands area of Lanarkshire and are playing their last year of non-competitive football in the Soccer Sevens. This year the club will be building their squad and developing the team to compete in the full 11-a-side version of the game. Youth Football Scotland managed to grab a word a word with 2004s coach Alan Kelly and youth player Ruaridh Howat during our recent Open Night at Glasgow's Woodside Hall.
Commenting on last season, Kelly said: “We had a decent season last year and the boy’s done really well, but our main aim is to develop their skills. We have also taken part in a football tournament in Blackpool, this time last year and in Easter.
“The boy’s done well and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Last August we reached the semi finals and in Easter we won four and lost two of our games.”
Coach Kelly is looking forward to an important season ahead for his team. “We have actually already started our season and won our first two matches and we are about to head down to Blackpool over the bank holiday weekend for another football tournament. Everyone is really excited. Our football is non-competitive but the boys still like to do well in everything they do.”
Kelly’s main aim for the coming season, he says, is “to get everyone ready for entering full 11-a-side football next August and after this tournament in Blackpool is out of the way, we plan to build up the current numbers of our squad. We currently have ten boys playing for us and obviously that’s not enough, so we will be recruiting new players to develop for the next season’s 11-a-side team.”
Bargeddie Colts player Ruaridh Howat told YFS about his favourite part of being involved with Bargeddie Colts. “I just love playing football and the atmosphere at the Colts is really good and since being there I’ve met plenty of friends," he said. "My friend from home played at the Colts and one day I went along hoping to join my friend in the older side. There were not any places available, so Alan asked if I would like to play with the 2004s and so I did.”
Howat was enthusiastic about the prospect of new boys joining the team. “I know that we need new players joining us for next year, they should come along and join as it is fun and can be a good laugh with the rest of the boys in the team.”
Since YFS spoke to Kelly and Howat, the boys at Bargeddie Colts gave a good account of themselves at the BJFF tournament in Blackpool, remaining unbeaten until the quarter-finals where they were defeated on penalties.