East Renfrewshire Soccer Development Association was formed in 1995 and is one of the pioneers in the the development of the small sided Game.
The original Idea was thought of by present secretary Tom Noble, of Giffnock Soccer Centre, and other like minded coaches. The group went to the local council, who initially gave them a couple of pitches to line as sevens pitches during the summer months.
This season ERSDA boasts 103 soccer seven teams and 43 fun four teams from 30 local clubs and schools. Each age group have their own designated hub venue playing 3 x 15 minute games at fun fours or 2 x 25 minute games at soccer sevens, every weekend.
At Under 12, as part of their transitional year, they play a game of two 30 minute halves.
The most notable player to start his career with ERSDA is former Celtic star Aiden McGeady (pictured, above right). The Irish international played for
OLM, who have 130 children playing football today, and are presently coached by ERSDA President Eamonn Murphy.
The Association fully endorses the Positive Coaching Scotland ethos and is delighted that the new player pathway encourages summer football.
For more information on ERSDA, the official website can be viewed by clicking here.