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We have recently discussed at length here at WWPIS how to manage the smaller child, the child who is technically very good but struggles to have real success due to their physical capabilities at a young age.  However, what if your child is the dominant player who experiences huge amounts of success?
I hear you say, ‘how can that be a problem?’ as you celebrate yet another winning weekend and trophy won.
Well it might be if not managed in the correct way by coaches and parents.  It is all very well and good celebrating hat tricks of tries and goals every weekend and the child being the local hero often winning games single-handedly whilst team mates and their parents stand and admire.
I am sure as a parent you would be incredibly proud of what you are watching and enjoying how much other parents congratulate you on the sideline for the achievements of your child. Totally understandable of course as that is human nature. BUT what is the long term impact of this?
At some point in the future other children will catch up physically, the sport will become more competitive, more players will join the system and the successes and high points whilst they still may be there will be a lot less than what was previously experienced.
As a parent and a coach we need to put all of this into perspective and always keep an eye on the long term athletic development and motivation of the child?
I have had first hand of experience of this with my own coaching this year.  I have had a boy in my rugby side who is far more physically developed than the rest at 13 years of age so much so that he single-handedly could ruin an afternoon for everyone involved in the experience, both for his own team and the opposition.  As a coach it would have been really useful if he could have moved up a year and tested himself against older players.  However, the system that we operate in that was not possible so I had to be creative whilst keeping him motivated.
I laid out my stall at the start of term that I would be coaching him as though he was 3ft 3 and 3 stone, focussing on every correct decision that he made and his skill and technical development as a player.  I was not interested in how many tries he scored but needed him to be motivated to become a more technical and creative player, not relying on his physical force. Fortunately, with support from parents and buy in from the boy we have been able to achieve this and he has still been highly motivated at training.  Of course there was some frustration when I removed him during matches to be fair to all the other players on the pitch but it remained the right decision.
One of the issues in the real world is that coaches focussing on the results as the success criteria as opposed to the long term development of the athlete and the development of other team mates will not manage this accordingly and will see winning by double figures a reflection of how good their coaching is.  Coaches – I ask you to think about when you have such a player in your team?
For parents we have a number of tips below to help you in creating the best environment for your physically dominant child to help prepare them for the long term and give them the best chance of sporting success:
  • Ensure your child works as hard as possible at all times  – There is a danger that if the child is winning games easily  or dominating training sessions that they do not feel that they need to try as hard as their physical capabilities will take care of it.
  • Focus on skill development and technique – Base all success criteria on work rate, acquiring skill and improved decision making as opposed to outcomes such as number of goals scored, or matches won.
  • Put them in a position to fail – then  help them in dealing with it.  As they get older, there will be much less success and they need to be able to deal with it and see failure as a valuable learning opportunity.
  • Focus on their problem solving ability and understanding – they will need to rely on this later on and many smaller less dominant children automatically get good at this as they cannot rely on their physical attributes.
We also have a few things parents that you may want to try to avoid:
  • Try not to allow your child to become complacent – always try to move them onto the next challenge quickly.
  • Don’t describe them as talented – they may start to believe you and become complacent.
  • Over hype their achievements – later on they may struggle to live up to heightened expectations.
  • Focus on performance outcomes – goals scored, winning etc.
  • Allow them to over exploit their physical ability – others will catch up in the end.
My final thought is this, it is human nature to enjoy short term successes and we all want to see our children do brilliantly well.  I know I do!  BUT armed with a bit more knowledge we ask you to think about how it all fits into the long term bigger picture.

Drumchapel United are a community football club based in the west of Glasgow. Drumchapel are a relatively young club, having been founded in the summer of 2005. The club are a huge, volunteer-run organisation with 23 playing squads and over 400 players registered to their squads.

Most of the squads play in red and black stripes with black shorts, giving the kit a similar look to English Premier League outfit Bournemouth. United don’t have their own ground yet, though this remains a long-term objective at the club. Currently, Drumchapel play their games at council-run facilities.

Their local rivals are Drumchapel Amateurs, who count Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes amongst their alumni.

The SFA awarded Drumchapel United Legacy Club status, making them just one of five clubs in the West of Scotland region to receive the accolade.

Last year United won the SFA's Best Community Club award, becoming the first side in the region to do so. They claimed the award based on the massive amount of work that the club does with the local community.

And with good reason too. In 2017 alone, Drumchapel United organised four food banks; set up a toy collection for impoverished children at Christmas; taught children in schools about the benefits of nutrition and health; ran Easter, Summer and October camps for their players; collected litter and volunteered at old folk’s homes. Put simply; if the club were in a position to help, they did.

That’s what separates Drumchapel United from other clubs – there is a strong focus in everything that they do in giving back to the community. As club secretary Scott Bland puts it: “For us, it’s really about celebrating what the club does in the community.”

The club prioritise their efforts on community work but remain competitive in competitions. Most of their squads are there-or-thereabouts in their respective divisions, although no major trophies have been lifted in recent years.

Amongst Drumchapel’s 23 squads are six squads for girls – if demand increases, there could be even more in the future. United even received a small amount of funding for their work in recruiting inactive girls to play for them and take part in a healthy lifestyle.

It’s not just the players who are given a chance to develop though. Drumchapel United have 98 coaches (training their respective squads at least once a week) registered to the club, with around a fifth of them aged between 16 and 20. The young coaches gain invaluable experience of the day-to-day realities of coaching, whilst learning new skills and working in a real-world environment.

The club are run almost entirely on fees, with the odd small but significant grant from governing bodies. Bland estimated that around 90% of the club’s economic model relied on fees – with no member of staff taking a wage. Everyone involved at Drumchapel United is there simply due to their love of the club, donating their spare time with no financial reward.

Looking forward, Bland says that the club must target having their own stadium and training facilities, so as not to have to worry about finding pitches available for hire from the council. The added stability of a permanent home could really help the club to flourish in the future.

Drumchapel itself has had problems with crime in the past, and Scott hopes that the work that Drumchapel United do will help portray the area in a better light.

He said: “The team has been a really positive message for Drumchapel, rather than as a dodgy statistic on the news. It’s great to help our community and show that the area isn’t what people think it is.”

Having sat this evening to watch the much acclaimed documentary ‘No Hunger in Paradise’ I felt it important that we look at what parents, coaches and any adults involved in sport could potentially  take away from it.
Although the programme was focussed upon the professional game and academy program there are many underlying issues regarding young children’s sport and the attitude of adults that surround themselves in it.  This does not apply just to the professional game but also to grassroots sport.
At WWPIS we have a lot of sympathy for many well intentioned parents who set their children out in sport without any real underlying knowledge of the system that they are going into.  Many are peaceable human beings who just get swept along and in  many ways become a product of the environment that has been put in front of them.
Many just want what is best for their child and anything that they do is out of sheer love!  We need to find ways to channel this love and emotion in far more productive ways as opposed to some of the ‘bashing’ and negative criticism that is currently aimed at parents from coaches and organisations.
There is going to need to be a culture shift.  All stakeholders are going to need to evolve in some form or another and I include organisations, coaches and parents in this. Greater education and resource needs to be in place for parents from organisations, without parents living the fear that if they challenge or are unsure of their behaviour that it will have a negative impact for their child.
Coach education needs to include some of these personal and social elements of the growth of the child away from just the technical aspects of the game. Coaches need to be developed to have some of these other skills and not just the ability to put out cones and coach the session itself.  The coach role should be about developing character and life traits amongst young sportsman and women as well as having the ability to make them better on the field.
If young and inexperienced volunteers find this daunting or just believe that they are there just to coach the children then perhaps each organisation could have someone in place who takes on this role within a club to mentor these coaches and support where appropriate.
My good friend in the USA Coach Reed Maltbie sums this up beautifully when he says, ‘many coaches have the hardware in coaching now but often struggle with the software to run it efficiently.’
From the documentary itself as a current sporting parent I took away the following:
Try to ensure your child gets the opportunity for unstructured play – The ‘cage’ football reference was particularly interesting.  Parental involvement has increased as there is far more organised sport now, often replacing the park football or sport that happened a generation ago.  As parents we need to encourage creativity, make sure the back garden in particular does not become an extra coaching session.  Allow play to flourish!
Create an environment that fosters a great love of the sport and encourages hard work –  Steven Gerrard spoke about love, working hard and learning every day. If we criticise our own children at a young age, verbally bash them in the car on the way home and live our life through our child then the chances of this great love flourishing diminish.  Likewise, we should be praising the hard work and effort, not how many goals they scored or whether or not they won at the weekend.
Try not to adultify the process too soon –  As adults we lose sight of the fact that the version we see on TV is the end product.  It is not a success getting a 7 year old to play this way at the expense of all else.  Great work is already going on in a number of sports changing the formats of the games to make them far more child friendly as opposed to some of the older versions of sports that benefited adults more than children.  This needs to continue and sporting environments need to be as child centred as possible.
Beware of the scout – It will be human nature that as a parent if somebody tells us something nice about our child that we will let our guard down and want to hear more.  Scouts have the easiest job in the world telling parents that a child is good – job done!  As a parent try to learn more, ask lots of questions and ensure that what you are signing up for is going to be in the best interests of your child.
Inform yourself more and ask for help and support – If you are unsure about  the system you are going into please ask questions or ask for help and advice in the best way to support your child.  Here at ‘WWPIS’ we have created an independent portal for parents to visit without fear or ramifications to try to assist in this.
Keep it in perspective – Family events are important, missing one training session or a match should not mean that you will never be selected again.  It is not a lack of commitment.  I personally have to admit that we have already done this on an occasion where we missed a major family event for a game of football a few years ago and now very much regret it.  We would not do this again.
Have a plan B –  We have the stats…. the chances of getting to the other end are slim.  However, that does not mean you should not have a damn good go at it!  It is better for children to have a dream than none at all.  As parents however we need to manage this expectation.  Ensure there are other things going on in the child’s life. Think now, if it ended tomorrow have I given my child plenty that they could also get their teeth stuck into?
Try not to fuel their ego – We have discussed this before in a number of articles on this site.  If we give them too much too soon and help fuel the dream, then without actually realising we are potentially diminishing their chance in the long run as where does their real desire come from particularly when the going gets tough?  Do they need to have the most expensive boots, be glorified on social media and put on a pedestal?
Keep external voices quiet – Try to make sure that the people giving your child the advice are doing so for the right reasons and are appropriately qualified to do so. Too many people delivering different messages can cause significant harm to young sportsmen and women.
Ensure they work hard at school – Arsene Wenger made a valid point that a generation ago parents would issue the threat that if you were not working at school, you would not be allowed to play football!  Keep it this way, never let the dream overtake the academic studies.  Try to make sure they are working hard at school. Could higher education attached to some decent level of football be an option such as college opportunities in the USA? Many footballers now are getting great GCSE and A Level results whilst still finding the time to train professionally in the football clubs.  It is all about attitude and time management.
We very much hope that you have enjoyed this summary of the documentary and the messages as parents that we could potentially take from it to make sure that our children are still allowed to dream big, but we have it all under control for them if perhaps things don’t quite go according to plan.
Friday, 19 January 2018 10:57

The intelligent players - are we missing them?

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Guest feature: Russell Taylor of Futsal Escocia
The great Xavi once said "In futsal, you see whether a player is really talented. You notice the small details in quality, class and tactical understanding".
In futsal you have limited space, the equivalent of 37 v 37 on an 11 a side football pitch.
Futsal is fast and intense. Your mind is constantly active. It is both physically and mentally challenging.
In possession you are required to think fast:
• where and when to move and create space for you our your teammate
• when to pass, dribble or shoot
You have to be technically good and have good game awareness and intelligence to  find space, retain possession and create goalscoring opportunities.
Once you lose possession you are required to: 
• have the desire to work hard for the team
• track back and follow runners
• press at the right time 
• have a tactical understanding 
• regain possession without conceding a goal
 Every player on the court is involved in the game. Intelligent and more technical players get the opportunity to shine, both on and off the ball. 
In my opinion, the way Scottish football is structured, players with the aforementioned attributes can be overlooked in favour of fast, powerful kids that can kick the ball harder. These kids are less talented but are more productive on a football pitch at that time. 
Kids start off playing fun 4's and 5's and those with the pace, power and will to win dictate the majority of games. Sometimes you'd be better playing 1 or 2 a side as they are the only players touching the ball.
Towards the end of 5's when space is more limited and the game is more challenging, what happens? We move to a bigger pitch and bigger goals. Who does this benefit?The same process happens on the transition from 7 to 11 a side.
By this time, academies are full of players that have been excelling on a bigger pitch with more space. Do they have the same qualities once all the players mature and physically develop? Are they intelligent enough to break down a team that parks the bus with 21 players playing in less than half a pitch?
Personally, I feel academies frequently (not always) recruit the wrong players. They recruit what appear to be good players, but once you look closer a lot of the players lack in game intelligence and awareness.  
I believe the structure of our game dictates the type of player selected. Although we play non competitive until under 13 age group, there's far to much emphasis on selecting a winning team from 7 years old. Winning comes before development.
I set up a winter futsal league 3 years ago and numbers have continued to rise year on year. This winter we hav e an amazing 93 teams involved in futsal in Fife, with over 900 players involved. 
You may or may not be surprised to know that although the leagues have been successful and that 18 of the top 20 players in world football come from futsal backgrounds, very few people from the professional game have came to have a look at these players. 
The question is why? We should be embracing something that has a proven track record of developing WORLD CLASS players. 
If you take the time to look, there's intelligent, creative and technically gifted players out there.
On his way to an unbeaten season and winning the domestic treble in his first year in Scotland, Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers spoke to UCFB about the importance of education for an aspiring coach, and gave students vital advice on succeeding in a career in the football and sports industry.
Speaking to UCFB from Celtic’s Lennoxtown training base, Rodgers said: “It’s (education) vitally important. There are lots of elements of teaching and coaching young players which require knowledge, and for you to gain that knowledge you need to go out and research and find it.”
The former Liverpool boss added: “If you’re going to be the very best that you can be then it’s very important that you can enrol on courses and that you can travel and find different ways to pick up this knowledge.”
Many students at UCFB are on sports coaching and physical education based subjects, such as BA (Hons) Sports Business & CoachingBA (Hons) Football Coaching & Management and BA (Hons) Physical Education.
The Ulsterman added that while education is essential for those who aspire to coach and are looking for their break into the football and sports industry, he believes that education must continue even once you have already made it as a coach.
Rodgers, who spent time in Spain as a young coach to learn other ways of working, added: “What you learn from experience is that you need to find a way in order to communicate with your players. I look to go and speak other languages in order to help people. I see it as part of my coaching.”
Asked for a final piece of advice for UCFB students looking for a career in the football and sports industry after graduating, Rodgers said: “Have a real belief in yourself. Be ready to work hard. If you’re going to reach the very top there’s a lot of work in it, there are no shortcuts.”
The Scottish Football Partnership Trust has been given funding by the European governing body UEFA to help kick-start their new GoFitba project.
UEFA awarded the Trust €50,000, (£44,000) after they were nominated by the Scottish Football Association to the UEFA Foundation for Children for the funds to start the project, which will aim to cater to nearly 500 primary school children across Scotland.
The project, GoFitba, is a football based health and wellbeing project delivered by The SFPT in association with community football clubs.
The 12-week project aims to provide 480 children with a fun platform for physical activity as well as developing an understanding of the importance of healthy eating.
The programme will offer them a chance to enjoy an hour of fun football-based activity led by club coaches to develop their physical skills, attitude and confidence, followed by an hour where they will be taught how to lead a healthier lifestyle through diet and nutrition.
James Clydesdale, Chairman of The SFPT said: “Football can be a positive tool for personal and community development. We are extremely excited to be delivering twelve projects across the country and to be given the opportunity to engage with local schoolchildren and encourage them towards a healthy and active lifestyle.”
And Stewart Regan, Scottish FA Chief Executive said: “We were delighted to nominate The Scottish Football Partnership Trust for this award from UEFA and are extremely proud to have been involved in securing funding for such a noble and worthwhile project.

“The GoFitba project is a fantastic way to showcase what Scottish football clubs and organisations can offer to the young members of their communities. It is projects such as this that positively contribute to changing behaviours and attitudes at an early age and we are delighted to have played a role in funding this initiative.”

The 12 community clubs involved are:


Aberdeen Community Trust

Cumbernauld Colts

Dundee East Community Sports Club

Falkirk Foundation

Glenrothes Strollers FC

Inverness Caledonian Thistle Community

Kilmarnock Community Sports Trust

Kilwinning Sports Club

Motherwell FC Community Trust

Pollock United Soccer Academy

Spartans Community Football Academy

St. Mirren in the Community

Saturday, 11 November 2017 10:51

The unknown damage caused from the touchline

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Every weekend all over the world millions of parents, children and coaches set off for their weekly sporting ritual 'Match Day'. Many will follow the same process each week and will never question their routine or behaviour.
Many of these parents and coaches are well intentioned, trying to support their child and their team through match situations totally unaware of the damage they may be doing by overly involving themselves before and after but crucially during the game itself.
I say that they are unaware because if they are not the current climate on the sidelines is far worse than I currently fear.
This morning I carried out a little experiment at an Under 8 grassroots football match in the UK.  I counted the number of tactical instructions yelled from the sideline by parents and coaches to the children.  There were 134 yelled out in 40 minutes of play.  I must stress that this did not include positive praise.
Now imagine as adults if we were embarking on a task and during this time we were being yelled new instructions, in this case approximately four a minute.  Now imagine on top of that, that some of these instructions were also contradictory.  I believe that not only would we struggle to concentrate but we would struggle to make the correct decisions that we were originally carrying out.  Just think how this must feel for a child actively involved in a sporting situation?
If parents and coaches are not aware of the damage they are doing by directing play and yelling tactical instructions from the touchline then I hope that this article will give them something to mull over.
Caught up in the excitement and emotion of a game, many parents and coaches feel that they are really helping and supporting their children whilst watching by shouting technical or tactical instruction.  Whilst this may on occasions in the short term prove successful there are major long term implications of this for the player.
1. It reduces problem solving skills
2. It decreases decision making skills
3. It reduces creativity in young players
4. It reduces the child's enjoyment
5. It increases the pressure on the child
6. It increases anxiety in the child
7. It prevents children from mastering life skills
8. It decreases the ability of the child to cope independently(particularly if the parent and the coach are not around)
Bearing all this in mind it is important that we then generate an understanding of how all of this is linked together with the behaviour that we are displaying.  The following infographic from our friends at believeperform.com gives us a very powerful visual image.
My message to parents:
Are you shouting tactical instructions on the sidelines?
If your answer is, “Yes,” then stop. Stop now.
I can already hear you justifying why. I can already hear you rationalising your particular approach. I can hear you because I could be you. I am you. I want to right the wrongs for my child. I want him to score. I want him to feel joy in victory. I want him to avoid the pain of losing. I want him to know I am there, that I love him, that I am his biggest fan.
But, let me ask you:
Do you think it helps?
It does not.
No justifications, no intelligent counter arguments. No nonsense. Screaming and shouting tactical instructions is bad. It is that simple. I did not make it up.
My message to coaches:
The above still applies however there can be a little bit of flexibility if you are trying to assist your team and individuals but it should be a very measured approach.
We have a number of parents who contact us who have been told by organisations what they would like them to do and how to behave but then they have to watch the coach do exactly the opposite.  Coaches must be great role models for parents and help create the right environment for the children by leading from the front.  Parents will then follow.
With positive support only on the touchlines can we regain control of an environment that is in real danger of spiralling out of control.  In its current climate the only people who are suffering in the long term are the people who we love and want to achieve the most; the children.
Article courtesy of Gordon MacLelland, from Working With Parents in Sport. Find them at the links below:
Wednesday, 04 October 2017 01:59

The Next Step: Young Saints

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Tommy Wright continues to work miracles at St Johnstone as the Perth club competed in Europe for the fifth time in six seasons and now the Saints are looking at the future to continue this trend.
The head of St Johnstone’ youth academy, Alistair Stevenson, believes the club are now improving and attracting the best footballers in the Perthshire region: “This is the first time since we started the programme that we’ve had that kind of number coming through from the academy. The problem in Perth was that the talent was probably always there, but they weren’t exposed to the same level of training and playing.”
These five players have featured for the development side and will hope to feature in the first team in the coming years and join the likes of Ally McCoist and Stevie May in making their mark at St Johnstone at a young age.
Jamie McKenzie
Part of the Under 17 squad that went 2016 unbeaten, McKenzie is a Perth born midfielder that has joined up with the under 20 development squad for the 2017/18 season. He featured, and scored in St Johnstone’s Bill Tracey Memorial Shield victory over Vale of Earn at Market Park in Crieff.
Shaun Struthers
Another member of the unbeaten Under 17 side, Struthers, like McKenzie is a Perth born midfielder that came on for the last ten minutes in St Johnstone’s Under 20s side defeat to Aberdeen in the first round of the Irn Bru Cup. He played in a friendly against Manchester United at McDiarmid Park back in 2015 where he had an effort on the stroke of half time go just over the bar.
Euan O’Reilly
The right-sided midfielder from Auchterarder, O’Reilly featured for Scotland in the 2017 Centenary Shield as the Scots beat Wales and the Republic of Ireland in the competition. Signing a two-year contract, O’Reilly was another member of the squad that played in the friendly against Manchester United and was unlucky not to score with the last kick of the game.
Ben Quigley
Another player to have signed a professional contract at St Johnstone from Auchterarder, Quigley was another member of the unbeaten under 17 side and also featured in the friendly against Manchester United at McDiarmid Park back in 2015.
Ross Sinclair
The youngest player out of the five to sign a professional contract, Sinclair only needs to look at current Saints goalkeepers, Zander Clark, for proof that you can graduate from the youth side to the first team. From Scone, he has been involved in the Scotland national development setup and Sinclair is tipped highly by the head of the Saints Youth Academy, Alistair Stevenson.
Stevenson: “It’s great news to know that St Johnstone have one of the best young goalkeepers in the country. He is a good height, very agile and has a fantastic commitment towards his training – so he has all the attributes to become a top goalkeeper in the future.”
Monday, 25 September 2017 02:56

Feature: Fuelling your child's ego

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Large amounts of money spent on swanky football kit and boots, vast use of hair products to make them look like mini professionals and lavish praise being heaped on them by parents regardless of their performance.  How much damage are we doing to our children and their long term development by fuelling their ego?
The big question is ‘Is it the child’s ego’ or ‘is it the parent’s ego?’
What started off as just trying to get our children involved in some physical activity has morphed into something completely different, the moment they show a modicum of ability parents are certain their child will become the next great star.
This is itself is dangerous, even more so when their progress is documented on social media for all to see. What happens at the point where they fail? At some point they will – it’s part or growing and learning.
Going back many years ago there was not as much organised sport.  Parents used to drop children off and leave them in the care of coaches and go and do something for themselves.  A lot of the sport was unwatched, players and referees were not shouted at and the whole experience was about fun and playing with your mates.
How many of us as families, now have our young people at the centre of the universe based around achieving something (however minor) in a chosen sport?
No budding young sportsman or indeed an adult elite performer should ever be satisfied with what they are achieving, once a challenge is completed they should be looking at the next step to improve further.  The most current example of this in a solitary sport is that of Andy Murray who has worked tirelessly in the pursuit of excellence over many years and deservedly deserves to top the world tennis rankings.  Once he became the best in Britain, he did not rest on his laurels, stop working hard and say look at me I have made it.
Instead he found the next goal to conquer the world rankings and I am sure now that he has achieved this that he will be looking to add more grand slam titles to his name as well as hold onto that ranking for many years to come.
As parents our attitude and behaviour to creating this type of sportsman is crucial if we want to see our children succeed not just in sport but also in life.  It is about us creating a culture that allows a growth mindset in our children not just for sport but for everything they participate in.
As parents we need to create a society for our children that fosters this environment.  Telling our child they are brilliant encourages a fixed mindset, a mindset that when the challenges become tougher and they no longer feel brilliant that many children just give up and fall by the wayside.
If however, we can praise effort and hard work our children will take this on board and learn from challenges therefore increasing their abilities and achievement in the long term as opposed to the short term.  
We need to offer our children the challenges, we also need to see that mistakes are part and parcel of learning and we should see ourselves that mistakes are opportunities to learn and our children need to see it that way as well.
If we make a big deal of mistakes then our children will never attempt the same thing again, as a result there is no way they can continue to grow and improve as they will be limiting their capabilities.
Likewise, if we do nothing but fuel their ego at a young age their chances of long term success remain a long way from their reach.

This article has been written by Gordon Maclelland of www.parentsinsport.co.uk. They can also be followed on Facebook @wwpis and on twitter [email protected]
The first round of fixtures in the City of Glasgow Cup is in the books. The tournament sees Glasgow’s four clubs: Celtic, Queen’s Park, Partick Thistle and Rangers go head to head at Under 17s level, in a group format between August and March for the right to lift the prestigious trophy.
Rangers stormed to the top of the table with a comfortable victory over The Spiders at the Rangers Training Centre, a week after current holders Celtic came out on top in a seven-goal thriller against the Jags at Lennoxtown.
City of Glasgow Cup: Round One
Celtic 4-3 Partick Thistle
Rangers 8-0 Queen's Park
The Light Blues sported a side that featured many recent Scotland youth internationals including the likes of Zac Butterworth, Kyle McLelland, and Dapo Mebude, Nathan Patterson and Josh McPake but it was Matty Yates who attracted most of the attention with a second half hat-trick.
The Hoops looked to have Thistle dead and buried at 3-1 but the Firhill side showed no signs of giving up, and fought back to 3-3 before Kieran McGrath grabbed his second goal of the day in the final minute.
Round Two, due to take place in October, will be dominated by the first Old Firm clash of the tournament as Celtic and Rangers face off at Lennoxtown, and should there be a winner the group will have an outright leader. Partick and Queen’s will both be looking to put their first points on the board before they face the Old Firm sides again in November. Their match is scheduled to be played at Lochinch.
Rounds Three and Four will be played in November and December respectively, and the latter will see the reversal of the first round of fixtures.
Rounds Five and Six both take place in February, and Rangers and Celtic will return to action against one another at the Rangers Training Centre while Queen’s and Partick play at Lesser Hampden. The last round has Celtic hosting Queen’s Park and Partick hosting Rangers.
Remaining fixtures:
Round Two

Wednesday October 11, Lennoxtown, 7.00pm 
Celtic v Rangers
Friday October 13, Lochinch, 7.15pm 
Partick Thistle v Queen's Park 
Round Three
Wednesday November 8, Lesser Hampden, 7.30pm 
Queen's Park v Celtic 
Wednesday November 8, Rangers Training Centre, 7.30pm 
Rangers v Partick Thistle
Round Four
Friday December 8, Lochinch, 7.15pm 
Partick Thistle v Celtic 

Wednesday December 13, Lesser Hampden, 7.30pm 
Queen's Park v Rangers
Round Five
Wednesday February 7, Rangers Training Centre, 7.30pm 
Rangers v Celtic

Friday February 9, Lesser Hampden, 7.30pm 
Queen's Park v Partick Thistle
Round Six
Thursday February 22, Lennoxtown, 7.00pm 
Celtic v Queen's Park 

Friday February 23, Lochinch, 7.15pm 
Partick Thistle v Rangers
The City of Glasgow Cup is organised by the Glasgow Football Association and sponsored by City Refrigeration Holdings Ltd.
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