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Will They Stay?
The Board of the SYFA has announced that the Chief Executive, David Little, is stepping down from his position.
Fauldhouse United 2000's player Lewis McClure has real fight and determination about him on the pitch, and now he's showing that off the pitch as well. On Sunday 28th of May, Lewis will be running the Edinburgh Marathon, and is raising money for two charities very close to his heart.
"I've always had the goal of completing the Edinburgh Marathon and to be able to raise funds for two charities that are close to me at the same time is an absolute pleasure and bonus. I'm aiming to raise £1000, equally, between the two charities, MS Society Scotland and Crohn's and Colitis UK."
MS Society Scotland
"In particular, the reason I'm raising money for MS is because I have seen how it has affected one of my friends and how serious it can actually be. The donations would be able to fight against and hopefully find a cure for the horrible illness. It will also raise awareness to show that this illness is more serious than many think."
Crohn's and Colitis UK
"One of the main reasons I chose Crohn's and Colitis UK is because many of my friends have it as well as my coach, Steven. It is a great charity and Steven does it complete justice with the work he does compulsively. For me, it's great to raise awareness and funds for less of a well known cause since I feel like they will benefit from it more as well as doing it for Steven. He's my coach and has done a lot for me when I suffered a long injury last season that affected me both physically and mentally. He played a big part in my recovery and continues to do so even now that I am fit and back in the squad. The least I can do is give back not only to the charity but also Steven."
YFS is backing Lewis on his mission of raising funds for both charities, and you have the chance to do so as well by donating on his just giving page by Clicking Here.
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The new Scottish FA Performance Director Malky Mackay has outlined plans to increase the standards of players in youth academies throughout Scotland, as Project Brave, the Scottish FA’s development plan, begins to come into effect.
One of the biggest proposals is to reduce the number of elite academies across the Scotland, with the target being to reduce the current total of 29 down to 16. The number of elite players is also a concern, with Mackay aiming to take the total number down from just under 3000 to just over 1000 players. Some clubs may lose their elite status as a result of the proposal, as Mackay aims to maintain the very best standards.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, Mackay said: “The 19-21 year olds, that where we are finding a problem. The elite youngsters are not getting enough football, they are not getting the chance to become prepared enough to become Scotland players, and first-team players for their club. I think that’s something that everybody has highlighted, and it is about how we fix that.”
He added: ““The markers that clubs are having is ‘how many first team players have come through their club, how many have gone out on loan, and how many have become Scottish internationals?’”
Other plans that Mackay wishes to implement is the return of reserve leagues within Scottish football, a league which has been defunct within the country since 2009. Amongst this, the former Cardiff City manager proposes the introduction of Fustal throughout Scotland during the winter months.
Mackay also spoke about the number of Scottish players currently playing first-team players in the country, and believes we could start to see the numbers improve: “In England last weekend, 30% of players in the Premier League last weekend were English, in a country of 60 million, and that’s how few English players were playing. A lot of countries have had various times in their history where they have struggled with this, we have also done that, and I think we have come out of the other side.
“We still have to strive to make our youngers players better, and get them playing competitive football against eachother at a high level.”
Mackay was speaking at schools throughout Scotland, as he outlined the plan to numerous young players around the country. The message is clear; keeping the very best players playing at the highest level possible, against the best opponents possible.