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Friday, 03 December 2010 17:11

Uni link up creates pathway for Currie kids

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Heriot-Watt University Football Club and Currie Star Football Club have combined to create Heriot-Watt Community Football Club. This innovative partnership has been set up to provide a complete player pathway for children from the age of five to adult football. Heriot-Watt Community Football Club will enable children, youths and adults from the local community to develop in a safe environment.
The partnership will allow the local community to benefit from using first class facilities and coaching excellence whilst increasing the community spirit at the University.
Heriot-Watt University Football Club will run the East of Scotland senior team (pictured right with the King Cup trophy), 2 Adult Amateur teams, and the East of Scotland Under 21 and Under 19 teams.  These teams will all be based at Heart of Midlothian Football Academy in partnership with Heriot-Watt University.
Currie Star Football Club will run all teams from the current Soccer School through to Under 17 including our newly formed Girls set up. These teams will be based at Dovecot Park, Kingsknowe.
We would like to thank the Scottish Football Association and ClubSport Edinburgh for their advice and support in setting up Heriot-Watt Community Football Club.
For further information on Heriot-Watt Community Football Club please contact:
Colin Ritchie
Currie Star FC Chairman
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Ross Campbell
HW Sports Programme Manager
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Tuesday, 30 November 2010 14:41

Award caps off historic year for Broxburn

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As the latest batch of Primary 1 students join up with Broxburn United's soccer school to hone their skills, history will be made. Their generation will be the first who have the opportunity to be part of one of the most comprehensive player pathways in the country, complemented by one of the most impressive facilities. Albyn Park (below) opened in July 2010. The facility boasts a state of the art artificial playing surface, ten changing rooms and a community based indoor complex.
The official opening game (right) saw newly crowned Scottish Cup holders Dundee United send down their U19 side to face Broxburn Athletic Juniors. Over four-hundred attended and many had the opportunity to have their picture taken with the trophy, providing a fitting reception for the infrastructure that has truly put the West Lothian town on the map. Funding was forthcoming from West Lothian Council (£2.4 million), Sports Scotland (500k) and POCA (£250k). Not to mention a huge fundraising drive by the club itself.
However, Broxburn United Sports Club is more than just a facility. The coming together of Broxburn Athletic Colts, Broxburn Juniors and Uphall Diamonds under the united banner has produced an exciting array of opportunities for grassroots players in the local area. After four years of hard work the club are set to be accredited by the SFA with the prestigious Community Club Award . The presentation takes place at Easter Road on Saturday 4th December before the SPL clash between Hibs and St Mirren.
And the youngest crop of talent will not be forgotten. Club secretary Malcolm McDonald told YFS: "We have over six-hundred players and one-hundred coaches spread across twenty teams so it is only right that we highlight the Primary 1 youngsters who have just started with the club. We hope they will improve their skills as they move right through the age groups to the Under 21s or the Broxburn Athletic Juniors and two amateur sides who all come under the Broxburn United Sports Cub umbrella."
They didn't quite manage to pull off a miracle and beat the snow last weekend, but with excellent drainage facilities, they hope to be one of the first to resume play when things look brighter. Bright is certainly a word you could use to describe the prospects for this club and young players in the local area. For more information about Broxburn United Sports Club and the facility, which is available for external let applications, visit the club's official website here.

Spartans 2002 Maradona vs North Berwick

The Spartans Community Football Academy was the venue for this 7-a-side encounter. Perhaps this game showed us that one of the only hindrances of having astro-turf pitches in Scotland is the fact that on a bitter and drizzly game like this one, players would normally get to stay at home however both teams showed enthusiasm and this made for a cracking match. 


'Keeper Joseph had his work cut out keeping Spartans in front after a berwick o.g. gave the home side the lead however there wasn't much he could do about the shot that levelled the match, the strike from distance looped over the keeper's head. From the restart the home team upped the tempo, whether in response to the coaches instructions or in a bid to keep warm being unclear, but Spartans were rewarded with another two goals before half time, putting them in a controlling position.


At the break extra calories were taken on board in the form of quantities of Cadbury's confectionery, reportedly very close to its best before date, some even finding its way to the boys. Perhaps feeling a little queasy, Spartans shipped two goals and looked to be in danger of letting the game slip from their sticky fingers. However, this team shows a fine battling spirit in close encounters. In pushing for the winner Spartans left themselves exposed at the back and several times Berwick looked sure to score but were thwarted by lung-busting backtracking and timely tackling from Jack. Mark and Jude, in a brief cameo appearance, battled hard in midfield and fed the forward players who peppered the Berwick goal with numerous rockets in a sustained period of pressure as the final whistle approached. The referee, being the only participant not benefiting from thermal under garments, was checking his watch regularly but Spartans had time for one last tilt at the target. A quick throw-in by Reuben found Hamish in space and, cool as a cucumber, he dispatched the ball into the top corner from fully 15 yards, reprising his last-minute winner here against Musselburgh several weeks ago.


Well done boys, a battling, gritty performance showing great character and boding well for future encounters.

Thanks to David for this Report.


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Monday, 22 November 2010 08:51

Windsor achieve Quality Mark

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November 2010:  Musselburgh Windsor FC is proud to confirm that we have attained accreditation for the SFA Quality Mark. It has taken more than 3 years to achieve this but it confirms to players, coaches, supporters, sponsors and external bodies, that the Club is an excellent organisation in areas such as player welfare, coaching and development, planning, club administration and management. Well done to everyone involved.
Friday, 19 November 2010 16:30

Last gasp Gillespie's edge out Preston

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James Gillespie's came back from a first half set back to book their place in the third round of the Scottish Schools Senior Boys Shield. The away outfit from East Lothian raced into an early two goal lead, but a goal either side of half time and a late winner was enough to secure victory for Gillespie's.
The first half began with neither team taking control of the game and a strongly contested midfield battle. It wasn't until the twenty-fifth minute that the game opened up, and in some style. Preston Lodge's central midfielder found a pocket of space between the opposing midfield and defence, driving forward and unleashing an unstoppable shot into the top corner. 
Whilst Gillespie's responded strongly in their bid to get back on level terms, it was Preston who would once again find the scoresheet. A routine corner was swung in to the front post area, with the Lodge forward nipping infront of his man and diverting the ball between goalkeeper and defender. It was the perfect start for the visitors, who had been the team responsible for knocking Gillespie's out of last year's competition.

Gillespie's last won a trophy at the 1993 age group three years ago, and will be looking for more silverware this season
With time running out in the first half a goal out of the blue gave Gillespie's a vital foothold in the game. Central midfielder Stuart Martin didn't look to have much room, but from just outside the box he squeezed a shot into the bottom left-hand corner, reducing the deficit to a single goal at the break.
The second half was a much more open affair with both teams using space more effectively to create chances. Preston came close with a couple of shots from range and piled on the pressure with a few set pieces desperately scrambled away. However,  it was the home team's turn to hit on the break. With two forwards in offside positions, a diagonal pass looked to be a lost cause, but the ball was cleverly left for Martin to latch onto. His run from deep was unchallenged and he calmly raced into goal before slotting the ball beyond the visiting goalkeeper.
As extra time loomed there was one final twist in the tail. Gillon found a yard of space in central midfield and hit a looping pass in the direction of striker Dughlas Winning. The Coldstream player used his strength to shrug off the centre-half, before ignoring the tight angle and firing a shot past the goalkeeper at the front post. 
Unfortunate scenes at the final whistle resulted in a second yellow card for one of the Preston players. However, both teams should be applauded for the spirit and high quality football on show. Gillespie's progress to round three, whereas Preston Lodge's focus will shift to the Lothian Schools FA.
Friday, 19 November 2010 12:15

Help make Selkirk Pitch Perfect!

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Selkirk Junior Football Club is writing to Youth Football Scotland users to ask for your help in getting behind a joint Community Project.
Pitch Perfect goes head to head with Out and About with Teviot Wheels on Tuesday 23 November 2010.
The Pitch Perfect aim is to pay for the construction of a synthetic pitch with lighting. The pitch would provide more sports services for more people in the area of Selkirk by providing additional playing space and longer hours of use.
You, your friends and family can help Pitch Perfect achieve this goal by voting from 9am to midnight on Tuesday 23 November 2010. The phone number can be found on the link below from 23/11/10.
YFS wishes Selkirk Junior Football Club all the best for Tuesday and encourages everyone to spread the word!
Sunday, 14 November 2010 23:33

Latest Pumpherston United results

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Pumpherston United FC 2002 enjoyed a good game at home against Newlands United in the West Lothian Soccer Development Association under 9 league. The game was played at a very good level by both teams. The non competitive fixture was very exciting to watch and included great pieces of individual and team football. There were some cracking goals to see and lucky spectators even got to see a great penalty save from the Pumphy keeper!
John and Kevin's under 13 squad moved into the second round of the Jim Brady after a good 5-2 win away from home at Blackburn United. A good performance from Pumpherston United FC 1998 saw them take a solid lead at half time (4-1). A goal from each team in the second half meant the boys maintained their advantage to progress further in the A league cup. The Pumphy under 13 keeper also pulled off a great penalty save during this game!
Pumpherston United FC 1997 secured a Richard Douglas first round A league cup win after they held out for a 4-3 win at home over Bannockburn Amateurs. The game started very well for Pumpherston and by half time they had scored 4 very good goals to take a comfortable lead however, Bannockburn weren't going out without challenging back. Pumpherston conceded 2 goals within 10 minutes of the restart to an away side who had come back out at a sprint.  15 minutes later we were 3 down which set up a nervy final 10 minutes. Pumpherston regrouped for these final stages of the game and limited Bannockburn to their own half for longer periods as the clock edged toward 70 minutes. A close but well played game secures Pumpherston a good win and a round two appearance.  
Monday, 15 November 2010 00:00

Scottish cup draws for hutchie teams

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P1  Easthouses BC (3429) V Hutchison Vale (3766)
1R23 Eskmill Football Club Penicuik 1998’s (1871) v Easthouses Boys Club 1998’s (3429)
                                                                                             or Hutchison Vale FC 3766

1R18 Spartans Football Club Youth 1998’s (5891) v Hutchison Vale Colts 1998’s (4944)  

P9 Edinburgh South FC (1388) v Hutchison Vale Colts (3942)
1R25 Edinburgh South FC (1388) or Hutchison Vale Colts (3942) v Forth Royals BC (5041)
1R5 Hutchison Vale FC (2859) v Edinburgh South Reds (5917)

1R8   Hutchison Vale FC (200) v  Loanhead Miners Youth FC (4087)
1R4 Fauldhouse United Star (325) v Hutchison Vale FC (1066)
1R22 Hutchison Vale FC 95 (730) v Pumpherston United (1961)

1R6 Gala Fairydean (1272) v Hutchison Vale FC (773)

Bye toR2

Not done yet
Tuesday, 16 November 2010 00:00

Friday Tots School Football

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Tonight Friday August 20th sees the return of our

For boys born 2003 (u8s) and 2004 (u7s), Please register 5.45pm at Broomhouse Primary School.

Contact Dave Young on 07732307930

and this coming Monday August 23rd sees the return of our

Monday Kids School Football

For boys born 2001 (u10s) and 2002 (u9s), Please register 5.45pm at Broomhouse Primary School.

Contact Tam Smith on 07793315997

All sessions take place on the astroturf at Broomhouse Primary school. Each session costs £3 on a weekly basis, wear appropriate indoor/outdoor training gear, boots, trainers, shin pads and a water bottle. Each player/parent is encouraged to sell the clubs Correct Scoresheets to help with the running costs.
Monday, 15 November 2010 00:00

Hutchison Vale Club AGM

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The clubs AGM will be on Sunday 3rd OCTOBER 2010,at 6-00pm SHARP, you will be expected to attend as there is a lot to be discussed, Also there will be a club meeting when all new club officials MUST ATTEND.

Also any change of rules positions must be put in writing  to the club leader Tam Smith / AssistantClub Secretary Les Trotter no later than 7 days prior to the meeting.

Look forward to seeing you on the day.