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Wednesday, 20 November 2013 17:30

Glasgow Girls win £10,000 grand prize

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Glasgow Girls Football Club were the worthy winners of a £10,000 cash fund from Women’s Fund Scotland on Monday.
The club had been invited along to the awards personally thanks to their continued support of girls and women in the community. They were one of 6 organisations attending with all of them guaranteed to leave with a degree of financial backing. 5th and 6th place would be leaving with £1000, 4th would receive £3000, the two closest runner ups would earn the prize of £5000 and the winners, Glasgow Girls FC, received a massive windfall of £10,000.
Jim Strathdee, the club’s founder, told Youth Football Scotland exactly how this substantial amount of money would help the club and the community.
“It’s massive for the club. We have over 200 girls and women here and each one will feel the benefits.”
“We’re aiming to insure our team mini-bus which is already a massive expenditure. We’re also looking to start up keep fit, lifestyle and career classes for the girls at the club as well as non-members. We want to become a real community hub.”
“Girls over the age of 16 now have the option to begin coaching badges so they may get involved in other areas of the game.”
Glasgow Girls recently opened a brand new playing facility worth £85,000 and it is clear to see that this is a club on the up.
Tuesday, 24 September 2013 18:46

SFA Youth Cup - Third round draw

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The third round draw has been made for the SFA Youth Cup. Ten second round winners were joined by twenty-one teams given a bye based on their performance in last year's competition, or the luck of the draw. Remaining in the competition are youth outfits representing all twelve SPFL Premiership Clubs, teams from eighteen of the SPFL's lower tiers and three Highland Football League teams. One second round tie remains, with Raith Rovers hosting Clyde on Sunday. Third round ties are due to be played on Sunday 20th October.
Third round draw:
St Johnstone v Stirling Albion
Queen of the South v Annan Athletic
Cove Rangers v Cowdenbeath
Queen’s Park v Inverness CT
Dunfermline Athletic v Dundee United
St Mirren v Partick Thistle
Falkirk v Raith Rovers or Clyde
Livingston v Ayr United
Morton v Fraserburgh
Montrose v Motherwell
Formartine United v Arbroath
Kilmarnock v Aberdeen
Rangers v Dumbarton
Celtic v Stenhousemuir
Hamilton Academical v Hearts
Hibernian v Ross County
Second round results:
Heart of Midlothian 6–1 Spartans
Stirling Albion 2–1 Alloa Athletic
Queen's Park 1–0 Forfar Athletic
Stenhousemuir 1–0 Dundee
Motherwell 3–0 East Fife
Raith Rovers vs Clyde (to be played Sunday 29th September)
Edinburgh City 1-3 Arbroath
Lossiemouth 0-1 Fraserburgh
Ross County 2-1 Clachnacuddin
Cove Rangers 6-1 Keith (action from the game, pictured above right)
Hawick Royal Albert 2–7 Annan Athletic
Dates for the remaining rounds of the competition:
Fourth Round - Sunday 24th November
Fifth Round - Sunday 23rd February
Semi Finals - Sunday 23rd March
Final - Date and Venue TBC 
Tuesday, 24 September 2013 15:17

Camera operator & editor vacancy

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altYouth Football Scotland has an opening for a new full time member of staff at the organisation, based in Edinburgh. The role consists of a 30-hour week which will combine video editing and camera operation of football games, events and news stories.

Roles and responsibilities include the following:

• Recording football matches and tournaments.
• Editing and producing video highlights.
• Attending special interest events to produce video news stories.

The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic individual who has the ambition to progress through the ranks of sports camera operation and video editing media industry. Attention to detail and ability to work with large volumes of video content is desired. Experience in videography is desirable, however full training is provided.
The vacancy is open to 16-19 years old, who are not currently in employment, in conjunction with the Community Jobs Scotland scheme. Salary is significantly above the national minimum wage. The term will last for a minimum period of 6 months with potential for extension.

If you wish to be sent an application pack, please send a CV and brief covering note to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." ' + path + '\'' + prefix + ':' + addy97287 + '\'>'+addy_text97287+'<\/a>'; //--> . The closing date for applications is Tuesday the 7th November 2013 by 5pm.
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 12:36

SFA Youth Cup ready for lift off

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Whilst the competition officially began on 25th August, the SFA Youth Cup (Under 20's) really takes the limelight for the first time on Sunday 22nd September, with 11 second round ties. Only one tie took place at the first round stage - Edinburgh City winning away to Airdrieonians. The tie was settled on penalty kicks after a thrilling 3-3 draw. 
43 sides compete, with the reigning champions Celtic (pictured, right) looking to defend their crown. The following ties take place on Sunday:
Heart of Midlothian vs Spartans
1pm, Tynecastle
Stirling Albion vs Alloa Athletic
2pm, Forthbank
Queen's Park vs Forfar Athletic
2pm, Lesser Hampden
Stenhousemuir vs Dundee
2pm, Ochilview Park
Motherwell vs East Fife
11am, Creamery Park, Bathgate
Raith Rovers vs Clyde
Match not going ahead, to be rearranged
Edinburgh City vs Arbroath
2pm, Marine Drive (Civil Service Strollers)
Lossiemouth vs Fraserburgh
2pm, Grant Park, Lossiemouth
Ross County vs Clachnacuddin
2pm, Global Energy Stadium, Dingwall
Cove Rangers vs Keith
Details TBC
Hawick Royal Albert vs Annan Athletic
Details TBC
Byes to third round stage
Greenock Morton, St. Johnstone, Dumbarton, Formartine United, Queen of the South.
Teams seeded to third round stage (based on performance in last season's competition)
Partick Thistle, Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Dunfermline Athletic, Montrose, Rangers, Kilmarnock, Aberdeen, Hamilton Academical, Falkirk, St. Mirren, Livingston, Cowdenbeath, Hibernian, Celtic, Ayr United, Dundee United.
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 21:33

Hoops edge Pars in tight Scottish Cup encounter

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Celtic Girls Tayside
Dunfermline Athletic Girls
Shaylen Anderson 2
Megan Robb 32
Caitlin Greaves 21


13's SWF Youth Cup - Quarter Final
South Road
31 August 2013

Michael Colville
By Mikey Colville
YFS East Region Reporter

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It looked like it was going to be a tough match to decide who would enter the Semi-Final of the Scottish Cup between Celtic Girls Tayside and Dunfermline Athletic Girls. Both teams were evenly matched and looked eager to get the game started.

The first goal of the match came soon after kick off. Celtic made a brilliant passing move up the field, Shaylen Anderson then made a run into the box and smashed the ball into the top corner giving Celtic an early lead.

Dunfermline didn’t let this early goal put them down though, as Sarah King replied with a long shot effort minutes later which went just over the bar. Megan Robb came close to increasing Celtics lead with a quick counter down the wing. Robb beat a player, and then struck the ball towards goal but the keeper made a superb save.

Dunfermline had their best chance yet in the 13th minute. Morgan Cross was played a chipped ball through into the box, Cross controlled it well then took a low shot towards the bottom right corner of the goal but it was brilliantly stopped by the keeper. The keeper is called again to make another great save when Caitlin Greaves broke through the Celtic defence and tried to take a shot but the keeper won the ball well.

The second goal of the game came in the 21st minute, Dunfermline managed to equalise when Caitlin Greaves made a fast paced dribble through the midfield and then smacked the ball into the net from just outside the box making it 1-1.

Celtic nearly took the lead just before half time, Shaney McCabe beat two players on the left wing and then powered a shot towards goal but it went wide of the post. The half time whistle blew soon after and first half finished at 1-1. Both teams were evenly matched and had plenty of chances, it was hard to say who would come out on top in the second half.

Half Time: Celtic Girls Tayside 1-1 Dunfermline Athletic Girls
The second half kicked off and it wasn’t long before Celtic took the lead. Pushing up early on, Megan Robb took a long shot from way outside the box. The ball took a bounce in the box, dipped the keeper and landed in the back of the net making it 2-1 to Celtic. 
Dunfermline looked close to equalising in the 35th minute. Morgan Cross tapped the ball around a Celtic defender and then went through on goal. She struck the ball low but the keeper made a tremendous save and pushed the ball out. Minutes later Caitlin Greaves was close to getting a second goal for herself. Greaves was played through on goal but the keeper came out bravely and won the ball. 
Celtic almost increased their lead in the 46th minute when Shaylen Anderson skilfully took the ball around two defenders. Anderson was about to shoot but Rachel Snaddon made a strong tackle and cleared the danger.  
Megan Robb almost made it 3-1 when she brilliantly flicked the ball over a Dunfermline player and then volleyed the ball towards goal but it went narrowly wide of the top corner. 
Dunfermline continued to keep pressing for an equaliser, but the Celtic defence were staying strong. In the dying minutes of the game Dunfermline were attacking well and it looked like they could score.  Caitlin Greaves was through on goal in the 57th minute but the keeper once again made a fantastic save and kept Celtic in the lead. 
The final whistle blew shortly after, and Celtic Tayside Girls were the winners. Despite Dunfermline Athletic Girls tremendous performance, Celtic Tayside Girls would be entering the semi-final of the Scottish Cup. Celtic put in a spectacular performance, creating many chances and defending well throughout the game. 
Full Time: Celtic Girls Tayside 2-1 Dunfermline Athletic Girls


Celtic Girls Tayside Dunfermline Athletic Girls
1. Shaney McCabe
2. Jasmine Gray
3. Rachel Smith
4. Shaylen Anderson
5. Megan Robb
6. Reese Ogierman
7. Chloe Bain
1. Ellie Donaldson
2. Orla Kerr
3. Sarah King
4. Jayny Saunders
5. Rachel Snaddon
6. Morgan Cross
7. Summer Cowan
8. Caitlin Greaves
9. Lauryn Hynd
10. Jamie Millar
11. Isla Ogilvie
12. Fiona Murray
14. Emily Wyse
Shaylen Anderson was my man of the match because she scored a fantastic goal early on and had some great skills on the ball which helped Celtic create some big chances.
Caitlin Greaves was my man of the match because she scored the equalising goal for Dunfermline and came close to scoring more numerous times.
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 15:48

SWF Youth Cup - Semi Final draw

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The draw has been made for the semi finals of the SWF Youth Scottish Cup 2013. Ties will be played at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Complex on Saturday 12th October 2013. The draw is as follows:
Falkirk FC vs Celtic Girls Tayside (10:30am, indoor)
Celtic FC 12’s vs Hearts Girls (10:30am, indoor)

Hibernian Girls vs Rangers FC (12:30pm, indoor)
Glasgow City vs Falkirk FC (12:30pm, outdoor)
Celtic FC or Boroughmuir Thistle vs Rangers FC (2:30pm, indoor)
Real Farmington vs Hibernian Girls (2:30pm, outdoor)
For those who are victorious on the day, the finals will be held at Toryglen Regional Football Centre on Saturday 9th November. Look out for extensive coverage from YFS from both Ravenscraig and Toryglen.
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 15:54

Mwiinga Mubanga Memorial Tournament

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August 2013 saw the sad passing away of Mwiinga Mubanga. Mwiinga was a talented footballer and popular figure in the grassoots scene, playing with Boroughmuir High School, Cavalry Park SC and Lochend YFC.
Mwiinga's team mates paid the following tribute:
"Miwinga was a fast winger that was fleet of foot but would and could play anywhere he was asked.  He often starred up front and at wing back and made appearances at full back where he would never shirk a tackle.
He was always willing and eager to listen to advice and he took any criticism on the chin.  He encouraged his team-mates and was truly a team player, although he did often try and beat the same player on more than one occasion!
He was always bubbly and smiling both on and off the pitch and although he will be sadly missed it was a joy and a privilege to have known him."
In Mwiinga's memory, a five a side memorial tournament will be held later in September. If you are interested in entering a team in the tournament or would like to make a donation to Mwiinga's fund, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07715 007011.
Below are pictures of Mwiinga, playing the game he loved...
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 12:31

Scotland youngsters braced for Italian job

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Scotland are set to showcase our world famous hospitality once again at the start of September as we play host to Italy in an Under-16’s friendly at Starks Park in Kirkcaldy. The state of Italian youth football has rarely been better with the current crop at this age finishing second at a Uefa development tournament in Madrid in April and the Under 17 side recently losing the European championships on penalties to Russia, bolstering their confidence ahead of the world championships in the UAE this October.
The current crop of Under 16 starlets are coached by former Rangers and Italy player, Paolo Vanoli, and have warmed up well for the contest by beating Qatar 3-0 in the first ever contest between the two sides earlier this month.
Scotland for their part are looking to put in a decent performance against a world class side in what is their last match before the Sky Sports Victory Shield tournament against England, Northern Ireland and Wales in October and November.
Their coach Scott Booth has selected a strong squad for this challenge match, the vast majority of whom currently ply their trade for Old Firm teams but a couple of the current crop ply their trade further afield and it may be the first time many of the Tartan have had the chance to run the rule over midfield prospect Joshua Laws of Fortuna Dusseldorf.
The match should prove to be a fine barometer of where both teams stand ahead of the respective challenges they both face, the Azzuri having to step into the shoes of one the world’s finest youth teams over the coming months and our own Dark Blues facing the daunting challenge of trying to halt a thirteenth straight victory for England in our home nations tournament.
Scotland Squad:
Goalkeepers: Ross Doohan (Celtic), Ryan Booth (Dundee United)
Defenders: Ross McCrorie (Rangers), Ross Lyon (Rangers), Leon Jones (Heart of Midlothian), Daniel Higgins (Celtic), Lewis White (Rangers), Jack McMahon (St Mirren)
Midfielders: Sean McKirdy (Heart of Midlothian), Frank Ross (Aberdeen), Ben Stirling (Hibernian), Joshua Laws (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Charlie Gilmour (Arsenal), Regan Hendry (Celtic), Kyle Clark (Rangers)
Forwards: Alistair Coote (Dundee United), Calvin Miller (Celtic), Josh Jeffries (Rangers), Ryan Watters (Motherwell)
Italy squad
Goalkeepers: Luca Crosta (Milan), Leonardo Vitali (Parma);
Defenders: Simone Auriletto (Torino), Andrea Granzotto (Juventus), Angelo Merlini (Inter), Leonardo Rivoira (Torino), Davide Seminara (Empoli), Giacomo Zanetti (Padova);
Midfielders: Alessandro Conti (Juventus), Francesco Di Nolfo (Roma), Lorenzo Grossi (Roma), Marco Cosimo La Ferrara (Milan), Reno Piscopo (Inter), Melkamu Taufer (Inter);
Attackers: Manuel De Luca (Inter), Hachim Mastour (Milan), Nicola Mosti (Empoli), Luca Milanesi (Brescia)
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 10:33

Vale driven to success thanks to new sponsor

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Hutchison Vale Under 17s would like to say a massive thank you to My Driving School for their recent sponsorship. The boys this season will be turning 17, this season, and looking to get on the road. And, what a better way to attract sponsorship than from one of the region’s top driving schools. Dave Brown and Dave Hutchison from My Driving School have been extremely generous in their sponsorship of the team's match day tracksuits for season ahead.
A Paisley-based football team has netted a new strip to kick off its season - thanks to sponsorship from Barr Construction and Youth Football Scotland (YFS).
Langcraigs Football Club hit top of the table in the annual competition for Scottish youth football teams, A Question of Stadia, which is jointly sponsored by the construction company and the not-for-profit social enterprise.
The five day quiz, based on iconic TV programme A Question of Sport, gave teams the opportunity to pitch their wits against rival teams through well-known rounds such as Picture Board and What Happens Next? 
In recognition of its triumph in the competition, Langcraigs FC was awarded a brand new set of strips for the under 13’s team as well as equipment including footballs, training poles and sports bags. 
John Callander, Marketing Manager, Barr Construction, said: "Barr has long been associated with the delivery of sports and leisure facilities throughout the UK - including constructing arenas for such high profile projects as the London Olympic Games and Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
“Through our partnerships with organisations such as Youth Football Scotland we are committed to developing youth participation in sport.”
Established in 2010, Youth Football Scotland is responsible for raising awareness and supporting coaching programmes, tournaments and youth clubs throughout Scotland.
Youth Football Scotland, said: “The Question of Stadia partnership with Barr offered us an ideal opportunity to support the organisation of youth football in Scotland at a grass roots level.
“The competition really captured the imagination of football teams throughout the country, with over 150 entrants. Langcraigs FC are worthy winners and we are glad the kit will contribute towards the continued development of such a passionate set of young players.”
Having steadily grown since its launch in 1999, Langcraigs FC currently provides training to more than 180 local youngsters  across 10 teams - with ages ranging from a soccer nursery of four and five year olds to an under 19’s team. 
Langcraigs FC Coach, William Nicol, said: “The kids are delighted by this win and grateful to both Barr and Youth Football Scotland for this investment in our 2013/14 season.
“At Langcraigs we value ourselves as an inclusive club, who support grass roots football for all young people in the area. 
“We are really excited by this upgrade to our facilities which will provide a boost not only for our under 13’s team but for the other 9 teams currently participating in the club.”
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