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Youth Football Scotland is pleased to announce the launch of our 2014 Youth Football Discussion Project. To join in, click here to create a free account and join in. Over the last couple of years we have enjoyed a fantastic response to our social media pages. However, it is not helping us properly harness the strength in numbers of our community, the way a proper discussion forum would. The project aims to provide a safe and moderated online environment to allow the following:
- Players, coaches and parents should be able to flag up bad practice taking place at grassroots football clubs - anonymously and without naming the club involved - in order to get advice from the rest of the youth football community (and people who've potentially had the same experience) about how to tackle the issues. Examples could be a player being frozen out unfairly; poor/questionable administration procedures; a coach using poor training methods.
- Good practice and success should be able to be shared with the rest of the community. When someone at a club does something new and it goes well, they can let everyone else know and field questions those people may have about trying it for their own club. Examples could be a fundraising activity; team building session; training method; method of improving player health/diet.
- Thorough discussions can be had over key issues and ideas - with positive action coming as a result. Examples could be methods of tackling poor touchline behaviour; creation of new tournaments and events; changes to the structure/format of competitions that should be suggested to the relevant bodies.
We hope you all agree that the above would all be positive and create opportunities to improve all aspects of youth football, on and off the pitch.
Since soft launching last week a number of topics has already been discussed at length. A selection of the most popular ones are below, click on the title to view and join in the debate:
- Should there be an Under 18 league?
- How much should a club charge for subs?
- Should there be a limit on squad sizes?
- Is there too much pressure on young players?
- Should there be a national league for the strongest youth teams?
- The rise in standard of girls football.
- Over priced facilities.
- Coaching players in specific positions.
- Scottish players in the USA.
To view all of the most recent discussions, click here.
Dedicated discussions and voting polls are also available for each of the TWS Scottish Youth FA Cup competitions. They can be found at the links below:
U13 | U14 | U15 | U16 | U17 | U19 | U21
In addition to the national interest topics, you can also discuss local and regional topics. An individual discussion area has been made for every SYFA age group in each region and separate areas for girls football, school football and pro youth. To view the full list click here.
If you're keen to get involved, what are you waiting for? Just click here and you can join in straight away. If there is a topic you would like to discuss but are unsure of how to begin the debate, feel free to reply to this email requesting advice.
YFS TV is delighted to finally launch the new comedy TV show Kickin' The Baws. It has involved months of work and we are pleased to be able to finally bring you a finished product. Featuring comedy sketches aplenty, YFS Star of the Future, a flamboyant referee, SPFL Premiership player interview, the YFS National Penalty challenge and much more.
To watch Episode 1, simply click the link provided below:
Click here to watch.
We hope you enjoy the show and if you do, why not subscribe and share? All likes, comments and shares are appreciated.
If you're looking for more and Episode 1 simply wasn't enough, you can visit Kickin' The Baws via the following social networks and get behind the scenes content:
Twitter: @Kickinthebaws #Kickinthebaws
A huge thank you to all who helped make Episode 1 possible and enjoy the show.
Yours in Sport,
All the Kickin' The Baws Team
The initiative allows organisations to promote their products and services to the most relevant people, through the following:
• Free production of an audio advert for the organisation.
• 10 plays of the audio advert, on the relevant YFS Radio Regional Podcast.
If you are interested in purchasing regional advertising you can request the YFS Media Pack by clicking here. However, to celebrate the launch of the new programme, we are giving you the opportunity to win a year's advertising through our 2014 YFS Sponsorship Raffle.
• 4 annual sponsorship packages (worth £750) in each of Scotland's six football regions (24 being given away in total).
• For organisations targeting a national audience, you can win sponsorship of 20,000 of our 'Coverage Cards' (worth £2500), which are handed to all players and parents after each match we cover.
• EVERY entrant is sent a personalised electronic 'We support youth football in our region' badge, which can be displayed on your website or social media (see below).
Jamie Skinner, aged 13, passed away following an innocuous incident on the pitch. Jamie was playing his first game for Tynecastle FC U14’s, in a game against Spartans, after being released by Heart of Midlothian FC last week. In a statement, released by Tynecastle FC, it was said, “No words can fully express our grief and dismay at seeing this happen, we can only pass on our thoughts and prayers to friends and family. Everyone at Tynecastle is in total shock at what has happened, and we are sure the youth football community will join with us in also thinking of all the players, coaches and supporters at the game who witnessed this sad event”.
In an unrelated event, Hibernian U20’s player David Paul, aged 18, passed away in the night after a night out with his Hibernian teammates. In a club statement, Chairman Rod Petrie said “Everyone at the Club is deeply affected by this. David was a talented and promising young footballer, and a fine young man. Our thoughts - and the thoughts of the entire Hibernian community - are with his family at this dreadful and difficult time for them”.
Youth Football Scotland would like to extend its deepest condolences to the families and friends of the players at this devastating time.
Friends of Jamie Skinner have arranged a Memorial match on the 30th of December. Details below:
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Alan McConnell Memorial Tournament (around 9 mins)
Bathgate Vale vs Livingston FCBC 13s (around 1 min)
Blantyre SA Festival (around 2 mins)
Broughton vs Braidhurst U13s (around 2 mins)
Currie HS vs Lasswade HS 15s (around 1 min)
Currie Star vs Star 'A' U14s (around 1 min)
Dalkeith CYP vs Pollok Juveniles 21s (around 5 mins)
Dalkeith vs Tynecastle U19s (around 2 mins)
Dunfermline HS v Kirkcaldy HS - U16s (around 1 min)
Edina Hibs vs Fernieside U14s (around 1 min)
Edinburgh South vs Loanhead U17s (around 1 min)
Edinburgh vs Lanarkshire U15s (around 1 min)
George Heriots vs St Thomas of Aquins U18s (around 3 mins)
Harris Academy vs St Mungos 14s (around 5 mins)
Holytown Colts Festival (around 2 mins)
Hutchison Vale vs Linlithgow Rose 13s Girls (around 3 mins)
Kennoway United vs Cairneyhill United 16s (around 5 mins)
Lasswade HS vs Bishopbriggs Ac U15 Girls (around 2 mins)
Leith Athletic vs Tweedmouth Juniors U19s (around 1 min)
Lenzie Festival (around 5 mins)
Lesmahagow HS vs Greenfaulds HS 18s (around 1 min)
Spartans vs Tynecastle 14s (around 30 secs)
St Augustines vs Preston Lodge U18s (around 1 min)
St Augustines Wallace High U13 (around 1 min)
SYFA South East vs SYFA West 16s (around 5 mins)
Tynecastle vs Loanhead U13s (around 30 secs)
Tynecastle vs Tower Hearts U21s (around 3 mins)
Airdrie BC vs Kilsyth Ath U16s (match highlights)
Albion BC vs Tynecastle 14s (majority of match)
Armadale Falcons 7s (around 25 mins)
Bayside Female Festival (around 30 mins)
Bonnyrigg Rose Festival (around 50 mins)
Bonnyton Thistle vs Glenafton Athletic 19s (majority of match)
Cambuslang vs PFD United U13 (match highlights)
Campsie Black Watch vs Knightswood Juv. 21s (around 1 hour)
Cavalry Park Colts vs Tynecastle FC U21s (match highlights)
Clydebank United vs Tynecastle FC 16s (majority of match)
Craig Gowans Memorial Match 2013 (around 35 mins)
Cumbernauld Colts vs Mill United BC Colts U15 (match highlights)
Cumbernauld Colts vs Mill Utd FC U21s (match highlights)
Dunbar Grammar vs Bannerman HS 15s (around 22 mins)
Dundee United SC vs Hutchison Vale 15s (majority of match)
Edina Hibs vs Syngenta Juveniles U16s (match highlights)
Gartcairn Winter Festival (around 2 hours 30)
George Heriots vs Stewarts Melville 18s (around 25 mins)
Giffnock SC International Festival (around 21 mins)
Gow Valley vs Hamilton Accies BC U14s (match highlights)
Hillfield Swifts vs Victoria FC U19s (match highlights)
Hutchison Vale Colts vs Tynecastle FC U14s (match highlights)
Hutchison Vale vs Tynecastle FC U15s (match highlights)
JBM Football Festival 2013 (around 1 hour 15 mins)
Kirkintilloch Rob Roy vs Wishaw WW U19 (match highlights)
LFDA Football Festival 2013 (around 50 mins)
Linwood Rangers vs Hamilton Accies 13s (around 1 hour)
Loanhead Miners vs Hutchison Vale U13s (match highlights)
Mossend FC Choose Life Festival 2013 (around 25 mins)
North Merchiston vs Spartans U17s (match highlights)
Rossvale FC vs Larbert Ath U167 (match highlights)
Scotland vs England Schools U18s (majority of match)
Scottish Youth Champions League (tournament highlights)
SFA Transitional Festival 2013 (around 21 mins)
Spartans FC vs Giffnock SC 17s (majority of match)
St Peter the Apostle vs Bishopbriggs Ac U18 (around 13 mins)
SWF Scottish Girls Youth Football Cup (click here)
SYFA South East vs SYFA West 15s (around 18 mins)
The Falkirk Cup 2013 (around 1 hours 15)
Kim Little - We chat to the Scotland star about her youth career and recent move to the US.
Adidas boots worth up to £160
Donated by: The Football Nation
Win a fantastic pair of top of the range Adidas football boots, courtesy of Edinburgh based shop The Football Nation. Selling replica kits, teamwear, footwear and accessories online and from their Lothian Road base, click here to check out their website.
Winners: Lea Whitaker
Pop up goals, training agility set & set of training footballs
Donated by: Mark Harrod Ltd
Win a set of medium pop up goals, a training agility set or 12 training footballs from one of the United Kingdom's leading sports manufacturers. Mark Harrod has a massive catalogue of football equipment with every type of goals you could imagine. Click here to check out their website.
Winners: Peter Anderson, Mary Sneddon and Crawford Jeffrey
Crazy Catch - Professional Edition
Donated by: Crazy Catch
Crazy Catch offer an innovative and unique set of training aids, allowing goalkeepers or outfield players to hone their skills in their own free time. Up for grabs is the top model of their equipment - worth £189. Click here to check out their website.
Winners: Edward Gallagher
Mourinho, Barcelona & Serie A Coaching Books
Donated by: SoccerTutor.com
Win one of three superb coaching books - thanks to SoccerTutor.com. You can set up your teams like Mourinho, train like Barcelona or learn how the Serie A academies do things over the course of a full season. Soccer Tutor has a fantastic catalogue of coaching books, DVDs, software and equipment. Click here to check out their website.
Winners: Amanda Jones, Megan and Brian McGuire
Dryfeet - Performance Footwear
Donated by: Dryworld Industries
Win one of the most exciting new accessories to hit the market. Worth £75, Dryfeet is an overshoe which keeps water off your boots, improves your strike in wet weather and makes your boots last longer. Five prizes are up for grabs. Click here to check out their website.
Winners: David Cousland, Bradley Jones, Nathan Quinn, David Smith and Phil Hope
Armadillo - Calf Protectors
Donated by: Armadillo Sports
Shin guards are part and parcel of the game, but what is stopping a nasty challenge from injuring your calf? Armadillo Sports provide an excellent protection accessory and you can win one of a couple of pairs. Click here to check out their website.
Winners: Neil Watters and Jack McInnes
TCM Sports - EPL Lunch Boxes
Donated by: TCM Sports
Win one of five top class lunch boxes, thanks to TCM Sports. TCM provide a wide range of unique club merchandise, with a growing list, including FC Legends Cards, Jigsaw Puzzles and Premium Metal Lunch Boxes. Click here to check out their website.
Winners: Kacper Balaban, Gerry McDermott, Sarah Wilson, Robert Knox, Grant Trotter
Boxes of Road to 2014 FIFA World Cup trading cards
Donated by: Panini
Are you excited about the World Cup this summer? Panini are and they are offering three lucky winners the chance to bag an entire box of trading cards - that's 50 packets! Click here to check out their website for more information on the collection.
Winners: Daniel Nicholson, Luke Munro, Douglas Macleod
Alex Ferguson - My Autobiography
Donated by: Scottish Book Trust
Sir Alex Ferguson's autobiography is one of the hottest books on the shelves right now and you can win a copy courtesy of the Scottish Book Trust. Click here to check out their website.
Winners: Kyle James
YFS Photography Tri-image Collage
Donated by: YFS Photography
Like the look of what you see above? YFS Photography is giving three people the chance to win your very own Tri-Image Collage. Providing you with a professional quality digital image in an artistic showcase ideal for framed photos or canvases - or just your desktop wallpaper. Whether you've got an image from the YFS Photo Galleries in mind or not, you can still take part. For more information about YFS Photography, click here.
Winners: Hugh Bryce, Cameron Lyle and Blaire Tomlinson
YFS TV Customised DVD
Donated by: YFS TV
YFS TV is giving three people the chance to win their very own customised DVD using the highest quality footage from the YFS TV archives. Whether you're looking for a full match, your personal best bits or a collection of classic youth football moments - we'll put it together for you. For more information about YFS TV, click here.
Winners: Susan Harley and Kevin Jappy