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Thursday, 25 June 2015 16:41

YFS launches summer recruitment evenings

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YFS is delighted announce we'll be running our summer recruitment evenings across Scotland in July and August. The exact locations and times are TBC, but we are running evenings in the following locations:
Thursday 23rd July Kilmarnock North West Kilmarnock Area Centre, Western Road, Kilmarnock, KA3 1NQ 18:30 - 21:00
Wednesday 29th July Aberdeen Exact location TBC 18:30 - 21:00 (approx)
Monday 3rd August Dundee Whitfield Community Project, 71 Lothian Crescent, Dundee, DD4 0HU 18:30 - 21:00
Wednesday 5th August Stirling Cornton Community Centre, Johnstone Avenue, Stirling, FK9 5BW 18:30 - 21:00
Thursday 6th August Edinburgh YFS, Caledonia House, 1 Redheughs Rigg, EH12 9DQ 19:00 - 21:00
Monday 10th August Glasgow Partick Burgh Hall, 9 Burgh Hall Street, Glasgow, G11 5LW 19:00 - 21:00
These evenings are an opportunity for new and interested candidates to meet current volunteers involved with YFS, to find out about the media opportunties available within our organisation, and to meet the full-time staff that support our media volunteers.
So if you've ever thought about volunteering with us and you want to find out more? Now is the best time to apply using the form below:
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Thursday, 18 June 2015 15:48

YFS launches new 'Grassroots' magazine

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Youth Football Scotland and Grassroots Media are delighted to launch our brand new magazine, ‘Grassroots’. The first edition of the quarterly publication features Scotland captain Darren Fletcher, James McFadden discussing his wonder goal in Paris, celebrity chef Tom Kitchin, and Mercury Prize winning musician Alloysious Massaquoi of Young Fathers.

As part of the launch, all local grassroots clubs and teams are being given the chance to claim their limited edition physical copy. Media and Content manager at Youth Football Scotland, Robert Wilson said “Every local club and team has the chance to get their very own physical copy. Coaches, parents, and players alike can head over to our website and can apply on behalf of their club or team.”

Earlier this week the magazine was shown and launched on live television. “We are delighted to have produced such a magazine for the grassroots community” said Robert. “It’s a publication that doesn’t just look at football, but at the whole grassroots game from lifestyle, coaching, technology, and nutrition. In short, there is something for everybody.

“We do have a great amount of support online and via social media, but it’s important for us to engage with the community in as many unique and interesting ways as possible. This magazine was a perfect way to do that and simultaneously build on our social aim of giving young players a platform to increase their confidence and desire to remain in the sport.

“We’ve also seen a huge appetite from companies, organisations, and celebrities who want to engage with the grassroots community, so we feel this magazine is a fantastic platform for them to do that.

“We’d just like to say a big thank you to all of our volunteers who have been involved in this project. It’s their articles, their photos, and their ideas that have helped make this magazine possible and that is promoting grassroots football in Scotland.”

Youth Football Scotland is delighted to announce the launch of Grassroots, a magazine covering all areas of the grassroots game in Scotland. From mini kickers to Under 21s, Stranraer to Shetland and recreational to international, we have every kick of the ball covered.
Youth Football Scotland’s mission is to highlight all that is positive in the youth game across the country and this brand new publication sets out to do just that. Our spotlight falls on the players, teams and volunteers across Scotland’s six footballing regions – celebrating their successes on and off the field.
We also speak to some of Scottish grassroots football’s graduates from years gone by. Darren Fletcher and James McFadden, you may expect to see. Michelin star chef Tom Kitchin and Mercury Prize winning musician Alloysious Massaquoi, perhaps raise an eyebrow. Aye, they used to kick a ball about a muddy park. 
Nutrition, coaching, refereeing, technology, kit & equipment and tournaments all have their own sections. We scour the nation to bring you all things relevant to the youth players, parents, coaches, fans and clubs of Scotland. And a bit of banter too of course, as where would grassroots football be without it?
Before the official launch, on Wednesday 17th June, we are giving grassroots teams from across the country the chance to get their hands on a copy. We have a limited number to give away. If you would like one, simply fill out the form below:
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(Pictured above, Holytown Colts get their hands on the magazine)
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 08:57

Scottish La Liga coach takes your questions

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At the age of 28, Ian Cathro's coaching CV is one of the most impressive around. Having been unable to progress his own playing career to profesional level, due to injury, the Dundee lad began his coaching journey. First up was his own venture - Cathro Coaching Clinic. An independent coaching school which was attended by Sporting Lisbon's Ryan Gauld, Dundee United's John Souttar and a host of other players looking to take their game to the next level. 
Cathro was then recruited by Dundee United to the role of Junior Academy manager, before progressing to the Scottish FA and being given the Head Coach role of the East Region's performance school. Next stop was Portugal and joining up with Rio Ave as assistant manager - working with Nuno Espirito Santo, who he had met on a Scottish FA coaching course. Santo was then appointed Valencia CF manager, and Cathro followed, becoming assistant manager of the La Liga giants.
We are pleased to give the Scottish grassroots community the opportunity to ask Cathro their questions about coaching, football development, youth football and, quite frankly, whatever you think is appropriate. You have until Friday 3rd April to send in your questions, using the form below:

Ask Cathro

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Wednesday, 04 February 2015 16:30

Job opportunity: YFS TV Rebranding Intern

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Youth Football Scotland seeks a YFS TV Rebranding Intern at 35 hours per week for 6 weeks. Salary is £7.85 per hour. This role is part of the SCVO Business Growth Graduate Internship.
The role involves:
- Working closely with staff members in brand creation
- Produce website for brand.
- Work with staff member to produce a bank of marketing emails (and strategies), which can be sent to potential clients
- Communicating with potential new clients
- Report on progress throughout the project at team meetings and to management
The intern will have the opportunity to create a case study with tangible results regarding the effectiveness of their digital marketing and branding skills. They will be able to put these to the test in a real life pressure filled environment, with their performance being monitored. They will also have something to show for themselves (and their portfolio), in the form of a new website.
1. Brand management
2. Digital marketing 
3. Visual design (own designing skills desirable, but we do have graphic designers they could work with)
4. Communication - ability to sell
5. Competent at working within content management systems - namely Wordpress (although training available)
1. Video production
2. Graphic design
3. Social media
Eligibility criteria 
This role is part of the SCVO Business Growth Graduate scheme and in order to be eligble you must meet the following criteria: 
- aged 18 – 30 and resident in Scotland
- hold a SCQF Level 8+ qualification (equivalent to an HND, first degree, SVQ Level4)
- unemployed; either in the first 12 months of a benefit claim (pre-Work Programme) or 2 years+ (post-Work Programme) or unemployed and not claiming benefits (but must make a claim for benefits in order to apply for an internship opportunity)
How to apply
Please send a CV and covering note to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . If you have any questions about the role you can phone 0131 629 7903
Please note your application will not be considered without a covering letter.
The YFS TV cameras were at Stenhousemuir FC's Ochilview Park on Saturday 14th December, to capture the Central Scotland FA's League Cup finals from all angles. You can purchase the full match DVD, which includes post match interviews with players and coaches of the winning teams.
The DVDs will be available at the early bird price of £10 until Tuesday 16th December, after which they will cost £15. Purchase yours below:
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Friday, 12 December 2014 14:50

YFS opens biggest ever Christmas Giveaway

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The YFS Big Christmas Giveaway is back for 2014 and it's bigger than ever. Thousands of pounds worth of goodies are available to players, parents, clubs and coaches from the grassroots football community.
Entry is simple. Just text YFS and your preferred prize letter to 88833 (e.g. YFS A). You will receive two entries for your chosen prize, giving you the best possible chance of winning that. You'll also receive an entry for every other prize draw, meaning if you have your heart set on more than one - you could still be in luck.
The prizes on offer are as follows:
A. Crazy Catch - The Ultimate Rebound Net
B. Replica shirt of your choice from www.uksoccershop.com
C. Replica EPL football from Football Flick.
D. Team paintball outing (8-11 year olds) from Bedlam Paintball.
E. Family pass from Paradise Island Adventure Golf - Livingston/Glasgow.
F. Football Manager 2015 from Sports Interactive.
G. Tactico Football Board Game from www.tacticofootball.co.uk
H. One to one session with a Just4Keepers coach (coaching team includes Jim Leighton) and year's supply of goalkeeping gloves.
I. £500 of performance analysis software from Performa Sports Ltd.
J. Retro shirt of your choice from Campo Retro.
K. Personalised footballer t-shirt of your choice from Cult Zeros.
L. Manager's folder from Diamond Football.
M. Premier Bundle from Technical Area Products.
N. Driving lesson from Young Drivers.
Here's a look at what's on offer:
Competition closing date is Thursday 18th December 2014 at 7pm. Entries made after the closing date will not count, but may still be charged. Text messages cost £1.50 plus your standard network message charge (based on your service provider rates). To view our full Terms & Conditions please go to www.youthfootballscotland.co.uk/termsandconditions . If you enter the charge will appear on your mobile phone contract bill or be taken from available funds on a non-contract mobile phone (PAYG). Any queries please contact YOUTH FOOTBALL SCOTLAND customer services on 0131 629 7903 and enter for free with your code on a Stamped Address Envelope to YFS, Caledonia House, Redheughs Rigg, Edinburgh, EH12 9DQ.
Saturday, 29 November 2014 01:48

£30 for £10 limited edition YFS Christmas voucher

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Looking for a stocking filler? For a limited time, Youth Football Scotland are offering £30 of youth football souvenirs for just £10.
With your voucher you can claim any of the following from the YFS archives - covering thousands of youth matches and tournaments from season 2010/11 to the present day...
- Full match DVDs.
- Photo prints.
- Smart phone ready digital images.
- Video highlights, send direct to your computer or smart phone.
To claim your voucher, simply click the 'Buy Now' button below. Vouchers are limited and will only be available to purchase until Thursday December 11th.
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 23:17

Win! Your choice of four top pairs of boots

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Youth Football Scotland is running a fantastic competition this Christmas, in association with Pro Direct Soccer. To enter, simply see the instructions below:
Terms and conditions:
Youth Football Scotland Boot Competition closing date is Monday 1st December 2014 at  12 noon. Entries made after the closing date will not count, but may still be charged. Text messages cost £1.50 plus your standard network message charge (based on your service provider rates). To view our full Terms & Conditions please go to www.youthfootballscotland.co.uk/termsandconditions . If you enter the charge will appear on your mobile phone contract bill or be taken from available funds on a non-contract mobile phone (PAYG). Any queries please contact YOUTH FOOTBALL SCOTLAND customer services on 0131 629 7903.  
Thursday, 13 November 2014 10:53

Youth Football Scotland launch new website

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After, in the true spirit of grassroots sport, months of blood, sweat and tears, Youth Football Scotland is pleased to announce the launch of our brand new website.
We hope you enjoy the less cluttered interface, which is responsive to mobile phones and tablets of all sizes. We've stripped away a lot of the rarely used featured found within the website's previous version, to focus on what you've said is important: news, reports, photos, videos and social media. There are plenty of new features on the way too, so keep your eyes peeled.
If you have any feedback, please don't hesitate to contact us (click here). Otherwise, thanks for continuing to use and support YFS, get stuck in!