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The Scottish National CP Football team is looking for sponsorship to help them compete once again on the international stage.
 
The team achieved the highest ever ranking for a Scottish national side, reaching sixth in the world in 2007 and are looking for the support of businesses and organisations across Scotland to help them rise up the ranks again.
 
Funds raised will be used to book pitches and facilities for training sessions, kit the team out with strips and training clothing, travel and accommodation when competing at international competitions as well as transport for national competitions.
 
The team will be playing against one of the top CP sides from England, CP United, on Sunday 9th September at Ochilview Stadium in Stenhousemuir and have welcomed the public to view the match.
 
Entry into the stadium will be free of charge, with donations welcome at the gate.
 
The Scottish National CP Football Team is Scotland's National Football Team for athletes with cerebral palsy, stroke and acquired or traumatic brain injury. The squad currently consists of 18 players, which includes numerous Paralympians, and is open to any Scottish footballer who has cerebral palsy, stroke and acquired or traumatic brain injury.
 
Driven by a team manager, and supported by three professional coaches and a physiotherapist, the staff ensure the team is held together by organising regular training sessions and arranging matches against local teams to keep the players ready for competition.
 
Giving up their time on a completely voluntary basis, the staff are motivated by the positive impact which this team has on the young men who attend.
 
"Having been involved with the team for thirteen years, I have witnessed lads grow into positive role models for young people with cerebral palsy" commented Greig Taylor, Manager of the Scottish National CP Football Team.
 
"The confidence which the boys gain when representing their country gets carried over into their personal lives, whether that be at school or in the workplace, therefore the team plays a vital role in their development" continued Taylor.   
 
For more information please call Greig Taylor, Manager of Scottish National CP Football Team on +44 (0) 7826 520224
An agonising 2-2 draw in Slovenia last October meant Scottish brave hearts were once again left broken as the Tartan army fell short in their quest to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Two decades have now elapsed since Scotland took centre-stage at a major tournament as all of their attention now turns to qualification for the European Championships in 2020.
 
It seems a far cry from their consecutive British Home Championship successes in the 1960s which culminated in their famous win over England in 1967, followed seven years later by their impressive showing at the 1974 World Cup piloted by the imperious Billy Bremner.
Gordon Strachan’s resignation has paved the way for Alex McLeish to have another stab at leading his country to a major competition - the former Aston Villa and Rangers manager narrowly missed out on guiding the nation to Euro 2008 qualification, although impressive wins against the likes of France and Ukraine should not be forgotten.
 
Many of the squad’s elder statesmen such as Darren Fletcher and Craig Gordon are reaching the twilight of their international careers and there is a new generation of exciting youngsters waiting to reverse the nation’s luck in landing a major tournament berth. Here are three of those talented prospects that we expect to inspire Scottish football in the coming seasons.
 
Harry Cochrane (Hearts)
The Glaswegian shot into the limelight last December by netting the opener in Hearts shock 4-0 victory over Celtic, thus ending the Hoops 69-game unbeaten run. Despite only turning 17 in April, the babyfaced Cochrane belies his lightweight frame with his robust challenges and plays with great maturity in the centre of the park. Has already made 22 appearances in Scotland’s top division and recently signed a new contract with Craig Levein’s side, which is due to run until 2021.
 
Lewis Morgan (Celtic)
A barnstorming start to the season saw the St Mirren winger notch 13 goals in 26 games across all competitions and this form secured him a move to the Scottish champions in the January transfer window. Morgan was loaned back out to the Buddies for the remainder of the campaign and Brendan Rodgers will be hopeful the skilful 21-year-old can hit the ground running when he eventually dons the famous green and white hoops. Made his full international debut in last month’s 2-0 defeat to Peru.
 
Ross McCrorie (Rangers)
When former Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha handed McCrorie his debut last September, he proclaimed that the then 19-year-old was going to be “one of the best centre halves in history, not just for this club but for this country.” Extremely versatile and athletic, McCrorie’s loan spells in the lower leagues with Ayr and Dumbarton have prepared him for the physical demands of Scotland’s top-flight. Has been touted as a future Rangers Captain.
Aside from this trio, there is a wealth of youngsters knocking on the door of their respective clubs as they dream of making their mark on Scottish football. Scotland’s future is in safe hands and now is the time to deliver success to this passionate footballing nation which is once again on the rise. The wait will soon be over.
Friday, 11 May 2018 18:06

SYFA name U14 national development squad

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The Scottish Youth FA has named their Under 14 National Development Squad. The players selected are as follows:
 
Murray Thomson Rosyth Bc Fife (East)
Damiloa Faden Palace Unity (West)
Lucas McGarry Hutchison Vale (South East)
Liam Mackie Coylton Fc (South West) 
Reece Mitchell Dalyrimple (South West) 
Victor Emordi Palace Park (West)
Marc Kilgannon Milton Bc (Central)
Bruno Davidson Hutchison Vale (South East)
Laughlan Clark Dean Thistle (South West) 
Sam Campbell Milton Bc (Central)
Sam Nicholson Tynecastle Fc (South East)
Fraser McKinnon (South West) 
Kyle Fraser Tynecastle Fc (South East)
Ben McBride Langscraig (West)
Ryan Morrison Palace Park (West)
Ciaran Clarke Cumbernauld Colts (Central)
Blair Wright Cumbernauld Colts (Central)
Lewis McGregor St Peters (West)
Ryan Mullholland Ashfield (West)
Darren Rafferty St Peters (West)
Liam Gray (South West) 
Cameron McMillian Coylton Fc (South West) 
Nathan Gardner Motherwell (Central)
Jamie Lapsley Milton Bc (Central)
 
CP Football Scotland are about to go on a European adventure as they are set to fly to sunny Barcelona to take part in the 13th Annual Invitational International Trophy.
 
The side are currently looking for teams to play in Scotland as preparation for the tournament and are eager to speak to local clubs in Scotland for seven-a-side matches. They are preferably looking for strong under 19's teams to really test themselves ahead of their journey. 
 
They recently played their first international in two years against England and are currently on the lookout for more teams to test themselves against in friendlies, before heading for Spain on the 6th June.
 
The Scotland National CP Team is the Scottish national team for players with Cerebral Palsy, Stroke or Aquired Brain Injury. Founded in 1995, in partnership with Scottish Disability Sport, the side have played with many elite teams from around the world and even achieved a world ranking of sixth, the highest of any Scotland international team.
 
This will be Scotland's first appearance at the International Invitational and they will be joined by teams such as Catalunya, Argentina, Denmark and the USA. The competition is largely viewed as a development tournament for larger competitions, but it is one that team manager Greig Taylor and his players will be eager to win.
 
Manager Greig Taylor is hoping that this tournament will prove to be a great experience for his players in regards to what they can expect life as a professional footballer to be like. He is looking forward to his players gaining some competitive game time.
 
The squad contains a mixture of both experienced and new players to the game and all will surely be looking forward to the experience of competing in an international competition.
 
CP Football is played as a seven-a-side game played on a regular-sized football pitch and usually consists of 30 minute halfs. Each CP team is limited to certain parameters in relation to the severity of ones condition.
 
These classes are known as FT1, FT2 and FT3, with FT1 being the most severe and FT3 being the least severe. Each team must have a minimum of one FT1 class player on the pitch at all times and a maximum of one FT3 class player on the pitch at all times.
 
If you are associated with a youth club and you are looking to help Scotland in their tournament preparations, you can contact them on their social media pages below.
 
CP Football Scotland is also always on the lookout for new players so if you, or someone you know is a football player with Cerebral Palsy, Stroke or Aquired Brain Injury, you can get in touch through the social media pages below:
 
Twitter: @CPfootball_SCO
An early goal from Daire O’Connor proved enough to see the Irish Colleges and Universities maintain a three year unbeaten record against the Scottish Universities in their latest meeting at Oriel Park.

O’Connor had the home side in front after ten minutes with a clinical finish from close range.

The UCD man started the move himself when he linked up with Shane Day-Butz, who went on to find Darragh Noone and he played the ball into O’Connor’s path for the midfielder to fire past Callum Davidson for the only goal of a closely fought game.

The Irish were the dominant side throughout and they created a couple of other chances to add to their total efforts. But Alan O’Sullivan, Shane Day-Butz and O’Connor all failed to find the target, while Adrian Delap hit the base of the upright with another great chance.

The Scots always posed a treat in counter attacks and Robbie McGlade and Anton Dowds tested Matt Connor in the home goal but they failed to make the breakthrough and grab an equaliser.
 
 
IRISH COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES: M Connor (L Steacy 79); S Elworthy (M Nugent 55), S O’Mahony, R Taheny (L Scales h-t), C Kane (T Noack-Hoffman 61); J Bonner, D Noone (J Hollywood 55); S Daly-Butz (A Delap h-t), D O’Connor (D O’Connell 70), J McClelland (C Barry 61); A O’Sullivan (S Barnes 70).

SCOTTISH UNIVERSITIES: C Davidson (A Cadzow 85); C Windram (A Webb 83), M Verkaik, C Morgan, M Condie; R McGlade, F Daniels-Yeoman, R Kellock (R Calbacho 60); K Hall (M Bolotov 72), A Dowds, L Hunter (E Skjaeveland 66).

Referee: J Dyas (Dundalk)

Donald Park named his Scotland U19 squad that will travel to Spain to face Denmark and Austria at the end of February.

Rangers’ Matthew Shield, Wolves’ Elliot Watt, Kerr McInroy and Jack Aitchison of Celtic and Reading’s Ben House are all brought into the squad.

The two International Challenge Matches are part of the squad’s preparations for the Euros Elite Round qualifying stage where they will face Germany, the Netherlands and Norway for a place at the European Championships in Finland this summer.

The squad in full is: 

Aidan McAdams (Rangers)
Kieran Wright (Rangers)
Aidan Wilson (Rangers)
Daniel Baur (Heart of Midlothian)
Matthew Shiels (Rangers)
Robbie Deas (Celtic)
Ryan Porteous (Hibernian)
Stephen Welsh (Celtic)
Wallace Duffy (Celtic)
Charlie Gilmour (Arsenal)
Elliot Watt (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Jamie Barjonas (Rangers)
Jordan Holsgrove (Reading)
Kerr McInroy (Celtic)
Ben House (Reading)
Fraser Hornby (Everton)
Fraser Murray (Hibernian)
Glenn Middleton (Rangers)
Jack Aitchison (Celtic)
Zak Rudden (Rangers)

 
Scotland Women Under 16's coach Paul Brownlie has named his squad for the upcoming UEFA Women's Under 16 Development Tournament in York in February.
 
The young Scots will begin their tournament on the 14th February against Spain, before moving on to play Denmark on the 16th. Brownlie's side will end the tournament on the 18th against England.
 
The full squad is as follows
 
Goalkeepers
 
Alicia Yates (Hearts)
Aaliyah-Jay Meach (Dundee United)
 
 
Defenders
 
Hannah Cunningham (Rangers)
Carly Girasoli (Glasgow City)
Paige McAllister (Celtic)
Robyn McCafferty (Hibernian)
Phillipa McCallum (Dundee United)
Niamh Murphy (Manchester United)
Chloe Warrington (Celtic)
 
 
Midfielders
 
Holly Aitchison (Hibernian Development)
Rebecca McAllister (Celtic)
Karsey McGlinchey (Glasgow City)
Aisha Maughan (Celtic)
Cara Milne Redhead (Manchester United)
Jennifer Smith (Hearts)
 
 
Forwards
 
Bayley Hutchison (Aberdeen)
Kathlenn McGovern (Celtic)
Millie Senior (Manchester United)
Rosie McQuillan (Rangers)
Hannah Scott (Glasgow City)
The Scottish Schools FA has announced their Under 15 girls international squad for the 2018 campaign. Players from the six Scottish footballing regions came together for the recent Inter-Regional Cup, followed by a final trial to select the squad. Those selected to represent Scotland are as follows: 
 
Eildh Adams (George Heriots School)
Lynsey Baillie (Bo’ness Academy)
Jessica Broadrick (Portlethen Academy)
Mirren Easdon (Gleniffer HS)
Monica Forsyth (St Ninians HS Giffnock)
Gail Gilmour (Turriff Academy)
Bayley Hutchison (Kemnay Academy)
Kirsty MacLean (Barrhead HS)
Paige McAllister (Bathgate Academy)
Rebecca McAllister (Our Lady’s & St. Pats HS)
Maria McAnemy (St. Andrews & St. Brides HS)
Robyn McCafferty (Woodmill HS)
Rosie McQuillan St Peter The Apostle)
Kate Nicolson (Balfron HS)
Jenna Penman (Aberdeen Grammar)
Olivia Potter (St Columba’s HS, Dunfermline)
Ellie Jai Reid (St Andrew's HS, Kirkcaldy)
Alicia Yates (Dunfermline HS)
 
The squad have a double header against Wales to look forward to, with away fixtures on February 10th & 12th. This is part of the build up to the Bob Docherty Cup, which takes place in Northern Ireland between 23rd - 26th March.
 
 
Wednesday, 10 January 2018 13:37

Joga Futsal make Scotland proud at Squadra Cup

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Towards the end of last year we published an article about Joga Futsal Academy who were set to represent Scotland at the Squadra Cup, a competition set up by famous futsal club Squadra Mouscron featuring some of the most prestigious futsal clubs in Europe.
 
The main goal for the academy based in Glasgow was to gain valuable experience by playing against some of the toughest teams on the continent.
 
Now the competition is over and not only have Joga Futsal gained that experience, they have shown that they have the potential to compete with some of the best futsal academies in Europe.
 
In the group stage of the competition, the Joga Futsal boys were drawn into a group with Sporting Paris of France, Old Fox Fribourg of Switzerland and the hosts themselves Squadra Mouscron.
 
First up for the boys was Squadra Mouscron and in their first ever international game, they were unfortunately defeated 1-0. A disappointing result but an encouraging one considering the calibre of their opponents.
 
Next up was Old Fox Fribourg. The Swiss side are celebrating their 10-year anniversery during this 2017-18 and Joga Futsal somewhat spoiled the party with an incredible 6-2 victory to give themselves a real chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals.
 
The boys knew that a win in their final group game against Sporting Paris would guarentee them top spot in the group and a place in the final eight of the tournament.
 
Nerves got the better of the team in the opening stages of the match but they battled back to secure a 1-1 draw and while that did not give them first place, it did ensure them a place in the quarter-finals where they were set to take on Spanish side F6 Barcelona.
 
It was here that Joga Futsal put in arguably the best performance of their tournament when they took on the Barcelona side and managed to beat them 4-1 and secure a place in the semi-finals.
 
A place in the final was now a realistic possibility and all that was standing in their way was Belgian side Antwerp. It would prove to be a step too far for the youngsters as they were beaten 4-0. That meant they had to settle for a place in the third place play-off against Old Fox Fribourg.
 
There was to be no repeat of the 6-2 result earlier in the competition unfortunately as they were narrowly beaten 2-1 by the Swiss side.
 
It was a disappointing end for Joga Futsal but no one can take away the fantastic achievement of the players in what was their first ever international tournament and that sentiment was shared by those at Joga Futsal on their Facebook page.
 
"From a futsal aspect, we have competed with teams from all over Europe and managed wins against Swiss and Spanish sides whilst competing with top French and Belgian sides. We have managed to watch some of the highest quality futsal matches the boys will have ever seen, in particular the older age groups. Can be really proud of their efforts on the court in representing Joga and Youth Futsal in Scotland.
 
"More importantly for me is skills away from the court in which they will have developed and meeting kids from other counties, building friendships, learning new cultures and even creating a great bond between themselves as team mates (some had barely met before we travelled), memories they will never forget and I am sure I will never forget. Also to the parents who had been absolutely first class, couldn’t thank you enough for your time and support (Dads are signed up for next year already again).
 
"We as a futsal academy have now put ourselves on the map and built some great relationships with teams across Europe which will only enhance our profile. A number of high profile futsal academies have already invited us over and we will be announcing plans soon. . ."
 
Congratulations to Shaemus Brannigan, Aodan Brannigan, Arran Hughes, Cooper Knox, Lewis Mackle, Joseph Smith and Marc Wilkie on a wonderful tournament and we look forward to seeing what you can achieve in the future.
 
The Scottish FA JD Performance Schools are now accepting applications for primary seven students entering S1 in August 2018.
 
The performance schools, which have been running since 2012, are accepting two seperate applications for young players looking for a spot.
 
The first of these is called a 'Pro Application' and is for players that are playing football as part of an SPFL club youth system. The other is known as a 'Recreational Application' and is aimed at those playing for a team outside of the SPFL structure.
 
The application forms can be found here:
 
Pro Application: Click here
Recreational Application: Click here
 
The aim of the performance schools is to give talented young boys and girls the opportunity to develop their skills within an educational environment. This is with the hope of developing players that can perform at the highest level in Scotland.
 
There are seven performance schools in total. These are:
 
Hazelhead Academy, Aberdeen
St. John's RC High School, Dundee
Broughton High School, Edinburgh
Graeme High School, Falkirk
Holyrood Secondary School, Glasgow
Grange Academy, Kilmarnock
Braidhurst High School, Motherwell
 
So far six graduates of the performance school have made their debuts at first-team level for their clubs. These players are Scott Reekie, Logan Chalmers (both Dundee United), Ethan Erahon (St. Mirren), Dean Campbell (Aberdeen), Harry Cochrane and Anthony McDonald (both Hearts).
 
If you think you have what it takes to make it in the SFA JD Performance Schools the apply now using the links above.
 
The closing date for the 'Pro Applications' is 15th February and it is 1st February for the 'Recreational Applications.' 
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