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A statement on the Scottish Schools FA website read:
The Scottish Schools FA is pleased to announce that following the Board meeting of the Scottish FA on 30th June the registration procedures have been amended to ‘recognise the rights of a CAS (Club Academy Scotland, formerly known as Pro-Youth) Player and his right to freedom of choice to play with his school and school friends/mates should he choose’.
The new rule now reads ‘An Amateur Player Age Group 10-17 registered with a Club in full membership of the Scottish FA or in membership of an Affiliated Association may also play with his school team.’
This change has been the result of a prolonged campaign by Scott Robertson and Willie Smith of Realgrassroots which has been supported by the Scottish Schools FA over the last 6 years.
Any young player in Scotland who feels he is being denied or pressured into NOT representing his school should contact John Watson, national secretary 0141-620-4570.
The Scottish FA have also introduced a Young Player’s Wellbeing Panel – which has been established to hear and adjudicate upon registration issues between a Young Player, Player under the age of 18, or their parent/carer and the Player’s Club.
Affecting more than 300,000 people in the UK and as many as 26,000 people in Scotland, a higher incidence rate than anywhere in the UK, Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative colitis are two of the main forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Darren Fletcher, Scotland’s captain and West Brom midfielder, and Russell Martin, Scotland and Norwich defender, are two examples of fine footballers who have struggled with Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Recently, YFS website has been over the story of Robbie Trevett, a 13 year-old from Hampden, who underwent surgery to remove badly affected parts of the intestines and will put his Crohn’s into remission for at least a couple of years. Hopefully, Robbie will be back to the field in around February or March after successful surgery.
Joining the battle against the diseases, Fauldhouse United coach, Steven Sharp, who was diagnosed with Crohn’s at the age of 12 in 2002. "It was my parents that noticed I was passing blood when I went to the toilet and I was going more frequent" said Steven. "So they took me to the GP who instantly referred me on to St John’s Hospital who then referred me to Edinburgh Sick Kids Hospital.
"Since 2008 I have had three major bouts of surgery. It was in 2008 where I had came to the end of the road with all treatment and the only thing to allow me to have a quality of life was to have my full large bowel removed and have a Stoma (surgically constructed opening of the intestine onto the abdominal wall, over which a bag can be fitted and sealed to the skin)
"My day to day life can vary as with Crohn's its a rollercoaster journey. I tend to keep relatively OK, but do struggle in the winter with fatigue."
Despite the hardship that the disease can have, Steven says that youth and grassroots football as helped him greatly. "I have been involved in Junior football for nearly 10 years as a Sports First Aider and it has affected me at time with surgery, fatigue and just having general down days" he said. "Football though has been a sense of normality and given me a focus which has certainly continued in my role as coach at Fauldhouse United Under 16s.
"The lads, parents and carers and fellow coaches have been very supportive of me and my fundraising and awareness. When I have my down times I try to forget about how I am feeling and put my focuses into coaching to the best of my ability. This means helping develop the lads both individually and as a squad to progress to the best that they can do. I also feel due to my own experiences, I feel that I am more than equipped to not only deal with the practical side of coaching but also the emotion side of being a coach/mentor to the lads."
It has been just a couple of days past the awareness week for IBD, but Steven has been working constantly on his attempt to make it a more  well-known condition. Most recently Steven took part in a Santa bungee jump, raising over £300. He also added, "Russell (Martin) has very kindly backed my efforts. I have managed to raise over £10,000 for the charity in approximately 18 months." 
To find out more about Steven's fundraising, click here.
What is IBD
We spoke to the UK's leading charity, Crohn’s and Colitis UK. They are leading the battle against Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.
"We have dozens of free information sheets, booklets and guides that demystify Crohn’s and Colitis for anyone affected by them, including friends, family, medical professionals and even employers.
"For more than 35 years, we’ve been working with and for patients and their families, the nurses, doctors, and all those that work in healthcare that treat them, and the policymakers who can bring about change.
"We provide high quality information and support as well as fund and partner in life-changing research and campaign vigorously – for more knowledge, better services and more support for people affected by IBD.
For more information please visit www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk.
Monday, 23 November 2015 12:27

Norway Cup Important Registration Information

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Please fill out the form below to detail important information about your team travelling to the Norway Cup this summer. Please check over this information and ensure it is correct before submitting. Thankyou. 
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Friday, 23 October 2015 00:00

YFS backs SRtRC and #fortnightofaction

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Show Racism the Red Card is the UK’s anti-racism educational charity and was established in January 1996. The organisation utilises the high-profile status of football and football players to help tackle racism in society.
Gillian Eunson, Education Worker for Show Racisim the Red Card said, "Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) spend each year meeting thousands of young people (and quite a few adults too!), giving them the space to talk about, learn about, and explore how to tackle racism in our society.
"We are an educational charity that is lucky to have the world of professional football behind us. Current and ex-professional players lend us their voice and help us to expose our brand, and we are also really lucky to have a small group of those working alongside our education teams holding educational workshops throughout the year. In doing this, we take our message to schools, grassroots football clubs and community settings each year to make sure our world is one where everybody is treated equally."
Show Racism the Red Card’s Annual Fortnight of Action has just finished in Scotland, running from 8th - 22nd Oct. "The support from the Scottish clubs over the Fortnight of Action 2015 has been phenomenal" said Gillian. "Red Card actions were taken at all SPFL games, as well as within the Scottish Women’s Premier League, Scottish Women’s Football League and Scottish Junior Super League.
"Many grassroots clubs also took pride in replicating the actions at their own games, lighting up our social media channels in a sea of Red! This made it our biggest Fortnight of Action so far! Without this support we would never be able to reach such a wide audience. We rely on this outreach to give a strong message to society that Scotland is one and that we will stand up against racism wherever we see it.
"Many people see our Red Cards on the pitches. They get applause and recognition, and thousands upon thousands of people are exposed to a powerful message – racism is not welcome here.
"What many people don’t realise is that the educational work goes on all year round. SRtRC know from working with thousands of young people each year that they are desperate to have the chance to have real and honest conversations about racism; the things they are experiencing, hearing and seeing around them in the world. Racism still exists; we see it in sport, in schools, in the news, on the bus. Young people are the people of tomorrow! They have the advantage of looking at what the world is doing wrong now– and then growing up to do things much better!!
"This year’s Fortnight of Action saw the return of our Community Grants scheme – where we were able to provide funding of up to £500 to 10 projects during the fortnight that were designed to highlight the messages of the campaign. Keep an eye out for the opportunity returning next year!
"Within schools we also run an annual creative competition where pupils from all age ranges can enter a creative piece of work that supports the anti-racism/sectarianism message. There are some top prizes up for grabs so it’s well worth a shot! Entries can range from artwork to music to drama –anything that’s creative really! And of course we continually deliver anti-racism/sectarianism workshops with our ex-professional coaches too.
You can follow Show Racism the Red Card Scotland on Facebook or Twitter (@SRTRCScotland), visit their website (www.theredcardscotland.org), or get in touch for more details!
Youth Football Scotland are looking for teams to represent our nation at the world's biggest and best youth football tournament from July 31st - 6th August 2016. Your team will have national and UK press coverage as being one of only a select few flying the Scottish flag.
Please fill out the form below to register your team. Pay your £200 registration fee now to ensure your participation in representing Scotland this summer in the Norway Cup.
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Thursday, 24 September 2015 15:49

2015 McDonald’s Grassroots Award winners announced

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The Scottish FA revealed the winners of the 2015 McDonald’s Grassroots Award on 17 September, continuing the 12-year tradition of giving recognition to the more unknown faces of Scottish football.
Alex Watters of Gardoch United YFC, Colin and Margaret Vize of Port Glasgow and Calum MacLeod of Carloway Football Club were the winners of the night’s main prizes, the People’s Awards. 
Having dedicated more than 50 years to the grassroots game in the Falkirk area, Watters is a true icon. During that time, he has enjoyed a remarkable eight Scottish Cup wins and successfully coached various clubs.
Colin and Margaret Vize have excelled at developing their club. While Colin coaches at Port Glasgow Juniors Boys Club and sits on the club's committee, Margaret has envisioned the creation of a thriving girls section.
Meanwhile, Calum MacLeod was honoured for the countless hours and money he put in to develop Carloway F.C. as a chairman and for his important role in providing foundations within grassroots football.
Former Scotland manager Alex McLeish and National Team assistant Mark McGhee attended the ceremony on an evening full of laughter, praise and emotion. McLeish himself was appreciative of the winners’ devotion to youth football:
“These people have unbelievable importance to the game. I went through the process myself as a young kid, playing in the boys clubs. I had dedicated coaches who sacrificed their work and their family lives. I know how much the boys clubs and girls clubs mean to these guys and their significance to Scotland.
One of the most vital things in the modern game is encouragement and giving kids confidence. All these things are self-empowering. If we look at Scotland as a nation, we sometimes don’t believe in ourselves and often need to have our backs against the wall before we show our true selves. I would like to see us having a mentality where we believe in ourselves and believe we can play against anybody in the world.”
The full list of winners: 
Volunteer Youth Football – Peter Frame (Loanhead Miners YFC)
Volunteer Adult Football – Steve McSwiggan (Cannon Fodders AFC)
Volunteer Disability Football – Caroline Diaz (Milngavie United FC)
Volunteer Girl’s/Women’s Football – Mark Forbes (Buchan Ladies FC)
Volunteer Schools – Jon Morrison
Professional Football Club in the Community – Aberdeen FC Community Trust (pictured)
Community Football Club – Gartcairn Football Academy
Coach of the Year – John Sneddon (Claremont AFC)
People’s Award – Calum MacLeod (Carloway FC)
People’s Award - Colin & Margaret Vize (Port Glasgow)
People’s Award - Alex Watters (Gardoch United YFC)

Youth Football Scotland and Grassroots Media attended the UK & Ireland Freestyle Championships at the SoccerexFF. On Sunday 6th of September, the final 16 battled it out to be crowned champions and we were there to catch all the action.

Featured are Scottish freestylers Gregor Russell, Gavin McKinney, and Scotland's number one, David Mennie. We also spoke to 14-year-old Griffin Berridge and John Farnworth, who holds five world records and completed the entire London marathon while keeping up a ball.

We also spoke to one of the judges of the championship and 4FREESTYLE founder and CEO Tobias Becs. He spoke to us about his role as a judge and about the 4FREESTYLE brand and its quest to support the freestyle community. 

You can also see the jaw-dropping skills of the top three freestylers in 2015 in the form of Tom Folan, Daniel Dennehy, and of course the World and UK & Ireland champion himself, Andrew Henderson. 

Andrew Henderson, Sean Garnier and STRskillSchool, three of the biggest names in freestyle football, have all confirmed their involvement at the upcoming Soccerex Football Festival taking place on 5-6th September in Manchester at Old Granada Studios.
The Festival’s showpiece event, the T3 Tournament, will be the platform for the freestyler superstars in attendance to pit their skills, trickery and flair against a host of former footballers such as Jay-Jay Okocha, Gaizka Mendieta and Luís Boa Morte.
Completing the T3 lineups are 5 members of freestyle footballing royalty:
- Soufiane Bencok, 2 x European Panna Champion and star of FIFA Street 4
- Leammsi, International street and Futsal player
- Edward van Gils, founder of the Street Kings team and a pioneer for street football worldwide
- Issy 'Hitman' Hamdaoui, creator of the Akka 3000 and Issy Akka moves,
- Orry Stoc, world renowned street soccer and panna player
In addition to the tournament, the Festival will be hosting the UK & Ireland Freestyle Football Championships in partnership with the Freestyle Football Federation which will see up to 50 challengers competing head-to-head to try and be crowned the most skilful trickster in the UK & Ireland.
Representing Scotland will be a number of participants, including David Mennie who featured in one of our previous videos. Speaking to YFS at our recent open night, Scotland's number one professional freestyler said he is aiming to finish as high as possible, with a place in the last eight his aim.
As a three-time World Freestyle Champion and five-time, and current, UK Freestyle Champion, Andrew Henderson is widely regarded as the best freestyler in the world and key driver in its development around the world. Having appeared in adverts with Sure deodorant and performed at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Henderson is a role model for any young freestyler in the making.
Garnier is one of the world’s most iconic street football players, freestyler and YouTube celebrity and has featured in a number of videos with the likes of Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo. He was the star of FIFA Street 4 computer game and the creator of the Street Style Society team.
Steve Roberts the creator of STR Skill School, one of the world's largest YouTube channels for football skills and tricks, has been at the centre of freestyle football’s explosion on the internet with his YouTube videos receiving millions of views from a global audience.
The Festival, currently in its second year in Manchester, is growing in size and will be spread across three distinct areas, covering 1,600+ sqm. Free to attend, visitors will be treated to a 3-on-3 ‘T3 tournament’, featuring the likes of Jay-Jay Okocha and Gaizka Mendieta, Panna Cages and freestyle tutorials with the likes of Sean Garnier & STR Skill School.
The Soccerex Football Festival has previously been held on the Jumeirah beach in Dubai, Nelson Mandela Square in Johannesburg and Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. For more information on the Soccerex Football Festival, visit www.soccerexff.com or contact a member of Soccerex at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust’s knock-out competition for the Coalfields Community Cup, and the right to represent Scotland in the Coalfields Home Internationals was hailed as a fantastic success.

Eighteen five-a-side teams from all of Scotland’s mining communities took the field at Alloa FC’s Indodrill Stadium, formerly Recreation Park, for the selection tournament, with sides from Clackmannan and East Ayrshire going on to land the two coveted Scotland team slots.

Clackmannan’s Wasps Community Club 2000 lined up against East Ayrshire’s Grange Academy for what proved to be a highly entertaining and extremely close final of the Cup Competition. The match went down to a penalty shootout, but the Alloa side held their nerve netting all five of their penalties, while one of Grange’s shots rebounded off the post, leaving the Alloa lads, Aaron Honeyman, Declan McGarvie, Adam Green, Devon Douglas, Scott Sinclair, Stephen Gallagher and Jamie Millar to celebrate winning the cup and the first Scotland place.

Wasps player Jamie Millar said: “It was a great tournament, and the final couldn’t have been closer. We are just delighted to have won and really looking forward to representing Scotland in the Home Internationals." The team’s Coach Karl Rennie, said: “I was really proud of the way our lads held their nerve when it really counted. We were 3-0 up with just minutes to go, but Grange managed to square the tie, and put us through a nerve wracking penalty shoot-out."

Grange’s efforts were rewarded when the organisers decided that their performance in the final warranted selection as the second Scottish team to take part in the Coalfields Home Internationals against England and Wales. Grange‘s selection means they create a record of their own. They represented Scotland in last year’s Internationals, which Scotland hosted. Now they are heading to Wales for a second shot at winning the competition.

It is the first time that the same team has represented Scotland in back to back Internationals. The Grange team was: Greig Conner, Ciaran Perry, Mark Walker, Jackson Sievewright, Cameron Lindsay, and Lyle Cameron. Coach Hugh Conner said: “Our lads had a great day. They are delighted to be representing Scotland again and feel their experience last year, when Scotland hosted the finals will stand them in good stead when they go to Wales."

There were two other awards. Mark Fox of Cowie FC won the Player of the Tournament title and received his trophy from Trustee Bob Young, while the Milton team from Bannockburn took the Fair Play Award. Nicky Wilson, Scottish Trustee of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, said: "The whole tournament was a fantastic success, with the biggest field, and the most spectators we have ever had."

Young said: "All the games were played in the best possible spirit, with great skills and high levels of sportsmanship. Alloa FC did us proud and we are extremely grateful for their support and the use of their excellent facilities."

Scott Gibson, founder and head coach of East Lothian-based Progressive Football Development who organised the tournament on behalf of the CRT, said: "I was delighted we attracted teams from all the Scottish Coalfields communities, and impressed by their skills and commitment. I am confident the two Scottish teams will be more than able to hold their own when they go to Wales."

The Coalfields Home Internationals, featuring two teams each from coalfields communities in England, Scotland and Wales will be played at Merthyr Town FC’s Pennydarren Park in South Wales over the weekend of August 21-23.

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