|Tynecastle FC news update for June|
Apologies for taking a bit longer than intended to publish but the final weeks of the season proved extremely hectic for everyone at Tynecastle.
And for good reasons of course with many of our teams challenging for honours in cup finals and League placings. We must at this stage place on record the achievements of our under 15 squad. This team won the biggest prize of the year, the Scottish Cup, and then went on to win another three cups.
Commiserations to the under 16s who got to the final of the Scottish Cup only to lose on penalties – a hard way to lose out. Judging by those highly ranked professional players taking and missing penalties in the current Euro Championship it is far from easy to step up and take a very important penalty for the team. Score the winning goal, you are a hero but if you miss, the tears flow!
Other age groups in the Club have performed really well with the under 21s winning the South East Region Cup, the first ever award for the Club at this age level.
The under 19s won the League Cup with the 17s winning the South East Region Cup and the Craig Gowans Memorial Cup and to win this trophy named after our former player who was tragically killed at the Falkirk F C training ground, it was particularly pleasing to be the winners.
The 14 98s won their League with the under 14s and the under 13s only just missed out on their League titles by virtue of head to head scores.
So all in all not a bad year in terms of trophies. However, at Tynecastle not all is measured by trophy success as some of the players move on to professional clubs for next season and we wish them all well. They undoubtedly have the talent and with just a bit of luck will grasp the opportunity to go on to higher things.
We may be having a short break from competitive football but we can assure you that a lot is going on behind the scenes at Tynecastle. We welcome a new team, the Amateurs, who will play on a Saturday in the Edinburgh East Division. We have always looked to expand our teams and none more so than an open age team which will allow our members the opportunity to play for the Club until retirement! This team has been formed as a result of Tynecastle Star, a long standing amateur club, joining our organisation and we welcome their committee members to our staff.
Next season the Clubs main sponsor is CeeJ Ltd, a construction company based in the City and as this newsletter is being written, the first batch of the new home playing kit from Errea Sports bearing the CeeJ name has arrived. A quick mention of Errea who continue to be, after eleven years, our kit providers. The partnership with Errea has been of enormous benefit to our Club over this period. Also on the home shirt is another sponsor, Brandshop, who will in addition to sponsoring the Club, provide a discount purchase scheme exclusively for our members.
In 2013 the Club will mark it's 85th year and will see a anniversary club badge and branding on all our kit for the next two seasons ahead. There are a number of planned events to be held in 2013 and we will keep you informed of everything that will happen thus giving you the opportunity to attend.
We can also announce a major change in how the Club will operate from the start of next season with the eleven a side teams now being being based at Saughton Sports Complex. The seven a side and very young members will continue to meet at Balgreen. The increase in teams has led to a requirement for larger meeting and changing facilities and the rooms available at Saughton will give each team much more space to operate. We are grateful to Edinburgh Leisure for their agreement to use the facilities at Saughton which includes that of our own administration offices which is to be headed up by Bill Crombie.
Our two under 13 teams will be playing in the Gothia Cup in Gothenburg, Sweden during the week commencing Monday 16th July and we wish them well in this highly prestigous youth football tournament now widely acclaimed as the largest event of it's kind in the world. The Club website will provide news of the competition as and when we get results through from Sweden.
Finally, good luck to all the teams next season!