With a new management team at Falkirk FC Girls at the end of 2009 season, the Academy has went from strength to strength and quite literally has changed things around dramatically.
The FFC Girls 13's team, finished runner's up in both League and League Cup to Motherwell Girls, and although could have won the league on the last day of the season lost out by a single goal.
FFC Future's are the u12's who also play in the 13's league finished 5th and as Falkirk FC Girls policy states that players play at their correct age group means that the Future's will stay together under the banner of FFC u13's for 2011, where as successful year is anticipated.
The FFC u15's is a development team who boast 6 players at SFA Regional level, progressed well throughout 2010 and as a second year team, like the Future's are expected to do well.
The FFC 17's enjoyed a successful season with a league runner's up spot, also boasting the title of Umbro Cup Tournament winners (Keele Cup), during the summer.
Falkirk FC Girls have a complete pathway, starting at 3 years old at the Mini Kickz the girls only sessions progress through to the Junior Kickz for the early school years. The pathway introduces the girls to their first experience of competitive football at the Community C Leagues, from where they join the u11's who play in regular at the SFA run tournaments and
friendlies. With 1st year secondary school girls moving into the FFC Future's..
Falkirk FC Girls run a comprehensive player pathway, with the role exceeding 150 players. Starting at 3 years old at the Mini Kickz the 'girls only' sessions, progressing through to the Junior Kickz for their early school years. The pathway then introduces the girls to their first experience of competitive football at the Community C Leagues, from where they join the u11's who play regular at the SFA run tournaments and friendlies. With 1st year secondary school girls move into the FFC Future's.
At u13's the girls pathway takes them into the Academy programme, where they enjoy playing at Regional and National league level and developed by
increased training and sports science programmes. Finally, elite players progress to the 1st team where we endeavour to achieve Premier League football in the future.
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Anna Lisa Walseth reports...
Saturday 18th December saw eight local teams from the under-9 age group play a fantastic and competitive indoor tournament, held at the new Ravenscraig Regional Football Centre (pictured below). East Kilbride FC (pictured right), Barrhead BC, Hampden BC and Giffnock BC all submitted two teams each, who all tackled each other in a ‘Round Robin’ format. So an energetic six, fifteen minute long, games each were played - a large ask by anyone’s standards!
James Bias, the organiser of this tournament and coach of East Kilbride FC, had previously organised a hugely successful charity event at the opening of Ravenscraig three months ago, with 240 players attending the 24-hour football tournament. James then got back in touch with other coaches of local teams that East Kilbride had encountered before, and set up what was an exciting and fast paced set of matches.
All eight teams played their hearts out, with many goals being scored and many talents being put to the test. Both teams from Hampden BC performed remarkably well, with Hampden 2 working particularly hard and scoring some thrilling goals against Barrhead 2 in the opening match. Hampden 1 similarly raced to an amazing five game winning streak. Ben was a prolific goal scorer for the team, with Dylon, Kieran and Mark also chipping in with a number of goals and forcing good saves. Hampden coach Rob Wyatt said: “I am extremely proud of the teams, they both played exceptionally well.”
Similarly proud were the coaches of Giffnock BC 1 & 2, who after some early frustration and near misses in their second matches, both raced to victories over East Kilbride 2 and Barrhead 1. Both goal keepers of Giffnock were on fire, saving shot after shot from many of the talented players on show. Logan Stewart provided a composed finish in the top left hand corner against East Kilbride, with Finlay Straid, Ross Clarke, Sean Ramsey and Adam Ladjadj also providing on target for their team.
East Kilbride FC’s sides both had a slightly slow start, but after some inspirational post match team talks, were fit for battle and came roaring back against Giffnock BC. Bernard Corrigan had some great attempts at the goal, finally landing a couple of goals out of the reach of the opposing keeper. Ryan Johnson also added to their tally, as did Craig Bias with a left foot shot that soared into the top right corner.
Coach James Bias was thrilled with their performance, saying ‘they’re all great kids, and really came through at the end’. Barrhead BC’s coaches Peter and Nicola could not single any players out, saying ‘all our players are brilliant’, and it was this positive thinking that meant they also had many victories. Their defence was particularly organised, denying Hampden 2 and Giffnock 1 on a number of occasions. Early wins over both teams meant that their confidence was at a high, and this really showed in their team work and the neat link up play between the players. James also commented: "I would just like to say a huge thank you to all teams and spectators, from East Kilbride FC 2002's for coming along to Ravenscraig today and participating in our Mini Christmas Festival. We certainly hope to make it an annual event."
Overall the day was an excellent display of what local youth teams had to offer. The matches were energetic, rousing and full of goals. All the players played with professionalism and team spirit, and seemed to thoroughly enjoy the experience. With another highly anticipated event for the 2000 age group, ran by Soccer Savings
, coming up in ten days, there can be no doubt of the positive impact the new indoor football centres are having.
Now in its 4th year, The Falkirk Cup 2011 is expected to be even bigger and better than in the three previous years! Last season’s event attracted 116 teams competing over 4 days. This season we are hoping to make The Falkirk Cup the largest youth tournament in Scotland by attracting more teams, players, coaches, parents and spectators! This year for the first time, all teams will play their fixtures over two full days with at least 10 matches being played throughout their weekend. There will also be fun activities for the players when their team does not have a fixture eg the hot shot, the free kick challenge and many more! So if you want to be a part of the biggest youth football tournament in Scotland hosted by a professional football club, please get your application form in as early as possible. Please note that the under 9 football festival will take place at The Falkirk Stadium on the main pitch.
Each team participating will play a minimum of five matches. Under 9s to Under 12s will participate in a non-competitive Festival format. Under 13s to Under 15s will compete in league / section format with top teams playing for The Falkirk Cup on Monday afternoon. All teams competing in the youth tournament are guaranteed to play their own ‘final’ as all teams will play for a ‘Falkirk Community Plate’ trophy.
Age Group Venue Date
Under 9s Falkirk Stadium – Main pitch 22nd and 23rd April 2011
Under 10s – Under 12s Little Kerse - Grangemouth 22nd and 23rd April 2011
Under 13s – Under 15s Little Kerse - Grangemouth 24th and 25th April 2011
Many other attractions and stalls available at the event to keep your team occupied when not in play!
Travel / Accommodation / Tours:
Travelling to the Falkirk Cup from afar? Falkirk district offers many grades of accommodation to allow you to book to suit your needs. Alternatively, why not let us assist you and take advantage of special rates provided by partners of Falkirk FC in the Falkirk Cup? Check out the links below.
Falkirk lies in the heart of Central Scotland with quick and easy access to the historic city of Stirling (14 miles), the capital city of Edinburgh (26 miles) and the bustling city of Glasgow (24 miles). Fantastic scenery, sporting facilities, games complexes, cinemas, restaurants of all types are right on the doorstep. Your visiting party need not be idle outwith the boundaries of the tournament. There are many attractions to suit different needs allowing you a tailor made stay in Falkirk district, and remember, help is on hand if you need us to assist.
Falkirk FC can also organise Stadium Tours, Guest Coaching from Falkirk Football Club staff and even a visit to a Falkirk match dependant on the fixture list.
If you need help, advice or wish to enquire about additional options available to you during your visit to the Falkirk Cup, then please contact the Falkirk In The Community department.
For more details or to sign up click here
or contact Tom Elliot, Head Of Community Coaching, using the details below...
Tel: 01324 624121 (option 3)
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