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How would you like to have the chance of winning some free kit for your team this season? Host Your Kit is brought to you by leading cloud company iomart which hosts the IT for businesses and organisations across the UK in its data centres.  
 
There's no catch, nothing to collect our cut out. All you need to do is enter here and tell Host Your Kit why your team deserves the new kit, easy as that!
 
Glasgow East BC 1999 were one of the lucky teams last season to be presented with a brand new set of adidas strips, free of charge. Their support of the Kenyan schools project  was the main reason for their selection by Host Your Kit as worthy winners.  
 
Glasgow East BC 1999 are just a newly formed club, having been established in 2013. Club development officer, Patrick Twigg was happy that the good work they had done as a club had been given recognition by iomart and said "winning the kits has helped massively with costs as we can now use money to put towards other expenses." 
 
Patrick stated that his team are "over the moon" with the kits.  He believes if you look like a team, it helps you feel like a team, which has contributed to them achieving promotion to the Paisley Johnstone and District Youth Football League 2nd division in just their second season as a team.  
 
For more info about Host Your Kit, click here. 
 
Would you like to appear in the Trans World Soccer Clip of the Day?
 
Youth Football Scotland will be posting a clip every single day from the Scottish youth football community.  Send us in your clips to be published live on the YFS Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.  The format is as follows:
 
Majestic Monday:  A fantastic piece of play
Two for Tuesday:  Two great pieces of play, viewers will be asked to decide on the best one.
What happened next Wednesday: Viewers will be asked to guess what happens next in a particular piece of play.
Throwback Thursday:  A clip from the past.
Freestyle Friday:  Fantastic pieces of individual skill
Saturday clip of the day:  A noteworthy piece of play from the day's youth football card
Sunday clip of the day:  A noteworthy piece of play from the day's youth football card
 
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Youth Football Scotland were at Deans Community High School last week as the school's senior team were presented with their brand new strips as part of the Trans World Soccer 'Strips for Trips' campaign.
 
Deans Community HS have organised a TWS trip with some of their S1/2 pupils. As part of the 'Strips for Trips' campaign, the Deans Community HS senior team were presented with a free set of strips, to the delight of the young players.
 
PE Teacher Joe Robertson said that: 'Our S5/6 pupils have actually been borrowing strips from another team, so they're delighted to have their own set now. To get these strips for free on top of the trip is fantastic for us'.
 
Trans World Soccer give school groups and youth football clubs the opportunity to experience life as a superstar player. TWS launched the 'Strips for Trips' campaign in June 2014 as an incentive for schools and clubs accross the country to sign up for a 2-day experience with TWS this season. 
 
So what's involved in a typical TWS trip? 
- Young people will see their heroes live
- Train with elite coaches
- Tour the stadiums
- Play challenge matches against local young players
- Travel on a luxury team bus and have the media spotlight follow them from start to finish.
 
When asked about the upcoming trip, Joe said: 'It'll be a great atmosphere, a great weekend and I think they'll get quite a lot from it'.
 
For more info about TWS and their fantastic trips for youth clubs, click here
 
UK International Soccer (UKIS) are one of the largest providers of professional soccer coaching in The USA and are recruiting staff for 2015 now! 
 
Established in 1990 UKIS have built a strong reputation for delivering year round high class soccer programmes, coach education and summer camps. In partnership with the American Youth Soccer  Organisation, the English FA, the LFE, various MLS Teams, I-Soccer and more UKIS have expanded impressively across the USA and now employ 400 - 450 Coaches every year. The UKIS mission is to Provide The Best Possible Soccer Experience for everyone involved in their programmes. This includes the players, the parents and our very own professional coaching staff. 
 
UKIS Coaching staff vary from SFA Level 1 through to UEFA A licensed and work on recreational, advanced or elite projects depending on their qualifications and experience. Male and Female Coaches, Goalkeeping Coaches, Coaches with specialist areas - for example working with U5s - all make up the fabric of our coaching team.
 
The bulk of this staff are recruited from The UK and Eire but are joined by colleagues hired from across the globe. In this past 2014 season Swedes, Norwegians, Spaniards, Italians, Americans, South Africans and Coaches of many other nationalities have been employed by UK International Soccer giving a rich international flavour to our coaching programmes. This broad range of Coaching staff bring a fantastic mixture of ideas and footballing philosophies to the organisation and allow our employees to work within an exciting soccer environment flavoured by coaching styles from across the globe. Working in this environment and being trained in the UK International Soccer's own INSPIRE curriculum means UKIS staff are constantly learning and developing as a soccer Coach.
 
Furthermore the existence of in-house coaching diplomas means continued professional development opportunities exist to our staff who are in The USA for longer periods of time. All in all the Coaches get as much from their experience working for UKIS as the players who attend our programmes and camps get from being trained by them.
Competitive wages, accommodation and transport in The States are all provided with different lengths of contract available to apply for and applications are now being invited for the 2015 season. Throughout October and November interviews are taking place in Scotland with a Practical Coaching Assessment being held in Glasgow after the first stage of interviews are complete. Contracts start in March and April finishing in October and November. Later start dates of June and July are also available if a coach wishes to work a summer and a fall contract. There are even some short term Fall Only and Summer Only contracts available 
but these are very limited and highly competitive.
 
Throughout the spring months of March, April and May a variety of projects are delivered across The USA.  Play programmes and Spring Academies provide Coaches with an opportunity to design a 10-13 week programme aimed at increasing the technical abilities and team understanding of their own academy group 
as a Coach stays in one location developing their own specific project. June through to August is the summer soccer camp season during which time our coaching staff have the opportunity to travel America delivering week long soccer camps in different communities. These week long camps roll into town providing a festival of soccer for local players and the opportunity to learn from our professional coaching staff in an intense but enjoyable week.
 
Our Fall season kicks off from mid-August and runs through to October/November with Technical Training Programmes being delivered nationwide. Technical Training Programmes involve working with teams preparing them from their matches and competitions at the weekend. There can be jamboree style work with the U5 and U6 players while at the other end of the age range our Coaches provide mentoring and support for adult volunteer coaches. Many of the teams UKIS work with have an adult volunteer, usually a Mum or a Dad, who Coaches the team.
 
Our professional staff provide mentoring, support and guidance to these volunteer coaches passing on our knowledge of the game, the best training methods and how to get the best results out of training and matches for their players. Delivering of coaching clinics, shadowing adult volunteer coaches and providing them with resources and ideas can all be part of the responsibilities of the TTPs.
 
UKIS provide football coaches with an unbeatable experience. The opportunity to live, work in another country and soak up a whole new cultural experience all while working in the industry they love! The number of hours worked on a daily basis, the different coaches worked with and the opportunities to develop further as a Coach will only open more doors and improve coaching knowledge and experience.
 
Anyone looking to forge a career in football coaching will benefit greatly from this experience. If this is an opportunity you are interested in please click here
 
You can also check out our website for more information.  Why not also have a look at our Youtube channel 
 
You can apply for a position at our website or by clicking here 
 
For more information or for any questions please contact our Recruitment Team @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Scottish Interviews are taking place now so don’t miss out!
 
 
Big things have been happening at Grassroots Interactive Coaching:
 
Coming in October they are pleased to announce a total face lift, adding tactical pad software to their service. 
This will allow coaches to create animated training drills in a matter of seconds.
Store the created drills privately in their own personal hub. 
Use the video analysis tool to study and highlight training sessions or games. 
Plan animated football systems and formations.
 
Alongside this they will also be connecting the tactical pad tablet application to their service. This application is a mini version of our tactical pad software and can be used as a standalone interactive chalkboard and drill creator or coaches can download drills from the website and use it to display drills at training.
 
Free Trials!
But don’t just take their word for it. Sign up today and get a free month’s trial of the Grassroots Interactive Coaching service WITH a free month’s trial of the TacticalPad software thrown in for good measure. 
 
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Grassroots Interactive welcome new coach on board.
 
Of course along with this, they are also totally redesigning their training drills. With help from new Grassroots Interactive Coaching ambassador Simon Cooper (head of youth development, Oldham Athletic FC) their drills have been redesigned into the FA 4 corner model. For FA qualified coaches, this new look will be instantly familiar, while for non-qualified coaches, our new look will help you when you take the steps towards qualification. Our drills can now be exported over to your tactical pad software and taken with you to training or match day.
 
Here is what Simon Cooper had to say on the matter…
 
"Having looked and used the Tactical Pad I was blown away by the power this gives me in coaching our elite players both in the classroom and on the training pitch. This program is affordable and easy to use by coaches at all levels and I am happy to put my name to this product " 
 
Pitch22 Announce massive giveaway
 
The news doesn’t finish there. Grassroots Interactive Coaching are also pleased to announce that they have partnered up with Pitch22. 
 
Pitch22 is a brilliant administrative tool that can really help you organise and save time with your team paperwork.
 
What does this partnership mean to you? Well for a start as a Grassroots Interactive client Pitch22 are offering a free 44 day trial of their software, that’s twice as long as they normally offer!!! Plus if you do decide to purchase the software, as a client of Grassroots Interactive Coaching, they will give you 10% off the RRP. If that’s not enough for you, to celebrate this partnership Pitch22 are giving away 3 annual subscriptions to you for absolutely nothing. More details on this can be found on the Grassroots Interactive Coaching website soon.
 
For more info click here
You can't get a driving licence in the UK until you're 17 but now, thanks to Young Driver, if you're 11 or over, you can learn to drive at one of their Scottish centres.
 
Research shows that it is a lack of driving experience - not a lack of years on the planet - that causes 1 in 5 newly qualified drivers to crash within 6 months of passing their test. Something had to be done to reduce this frightening statistic - leading to the arrival of Young Driver!
 
Are you over 11 and 1.42M/4FT8+ tall?
 
If so, Young Driver can put you behind the wheel of a brand new dual control ŠKODA! Let one of their fully qualified ADI driving instructors teach you how to start, drive, brake, corner, change gear, stop and even reverse - all on your first lesson! Move your life up a gear, learn to drive now!
 
They have taken the country's best driving instructors and trained them specifically to teach under 17s. Their professional and friendly staff give the best experience to young people.
 
Brand new ŠKODA cars are used, all fitted with dual controls. These cars are easy to drive and regularly top the charts as one of the best and most popular cars to learn in from both an instructor and learner perspective. 
 
Including VAT, lessons cost £31.99 for half-an-hour or £59.95 for an hour - making Young Driver the perfect gift for that difficult-to-buy-for group of 11+ boys and girls.
Special offers available! 
 
The Young Driver training programme mirrors what you would learn when driving on the road. The only difference is you will learn to drive in a safe environment on a specially constructed road course.
 
Whether you have a 30 or 60 minute lesson, you'll spend the whole time in the car. Your first lesson will deal with starting and stopping the car, moving away, changing gears and steering. In further lessons you'll progress to other activities such as:
 
-Driving in two-way traffic
-Dealing with junctions
-Turning / slalom
-Dealing with roundabouts (at selected venues)
-Dealing with traffic lights (at selected venues)
-Bay parking and reverse parking
 
Young Driver instructors will adapt the lessons accordingly to suit the youngster's ability and age. All pupils receive a Drive Diary to show their progress. 
 
With venues in Glasgow and Edinburgh, why not click here to book now!  Use the code 'YFS10' to get 10% discount!
 
See below for a video of what Young Driver can offer:
 
 
 
Friday, 26 September 2014 13:47

ESF Events Announce 2015 Tournament Programme

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ESF Events Announce 2015 Tournament Programme
 
Butlins Bognor Regis, 1989, 110 youth football teams join up for the very first ESF end of season tour. In the Spring of 2015, ESF expect 1100 teams to take part in their festivals.
 
Director of ESF Events, Martyn Young, possibly summed up the reasons for this remarkable growth: "Going on tour provides a rare and exciting opportunity for young players, coaches and supporters to build team spirit and morale."
 
"Our goal is to provide a positive, exciting football experience for everyone involved, one that children will remember fondly with their families and friends for years to come."
The festivals are available to boys from Under 7s (2008) to Under 15s (2000), and girls from Under 10s (2005) to Under 16s (1999). Most importantly, they are open to boys and girls of all abilities. This accessibility has resulted in a total of 900,000 players, coaches and spectators taking part in the events since the very first one at Bognor Regis.
 
The festivals take place at a number of the UK's leading holiday centres at Butlins and Haven, and they also host an International Festival at Disneyland Paris.  The festival in Scotland takes place at Craig Tara Haven holiday camp in Ayr festival, with 150 youth teams from Scotland taking part each year. 
 
To add to the excitement, they have a celebrity presentation ceremony to close each festival. Last year’s ceremony in Ayr saw Gordon Strachan hand out trophies to every single participant.
 
As well as being available to players of all abilities, ESF do offer up a reward for the most successful teams. After all the festivals have taken place, ESF culminates with the ESF festival finale, bringing together all the best teams from all the venues, and giving them the opportunity to become the Champion of Champions.
 
So what does the future hold for Martyn Young and ESF Events? 
 
"We plan to continue to provide professionally organised, well attended youth football festivals that offer teams from all over the UK an exciting end of season tour experience. ESF is the biggest youth football festival in the UK, and one of the biggest in Europe. We'll be doing everything possible to ensure it's an experience that everyone involved never forgets", said Martyn. 
 
 
 
 
Monday, 22 September 2014 10:19

Dexter's Football Journal - Out Now!

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Dexter’s Football Journal – Out Now!

Dexter’s Football Journal, released in July this year by E.J Mann, tells the story of Dexter, a 10 year old whose wish is to have his Spanish football hero become his coach. We found the time to catch up with the author, to find about more about the book.
 
Emma Mann has always had the writers bug, composing books from a young age, and still remembers when her mum sent one of her stories in to a local competition and it won a prize. After the success of her first novel Amelia’s Star in 2006, the World Cup year of 2014 seemed the right time to release her next, given that its focus was football.
 
Noticing a lack of football themed books for the 8-12 age range, Emma created Dexter’s Football Journal, a story told from the perspective of Dexter which depicts a series of diary entries as he follows the football season, and keeps all readers in mind being ‘packed with match scores, summaries and training ideas- and lots of football graphics,’ says Emma.
 
The inspiration for the book is attributed to her son: ‘The storyline is very much based on him. In the story the character idolises this Spanish hero, and wants him to be his coach, and I remember my son when he was in P2, he idolised Fabregas when he was at Arsenal. I remember him turning to me and saying ‘Mum, I wish he was my dad’.
 
It is perhaps this real life inspiration that makes the story very relatable to young football fans. As Emma suggests ‘I think the book dives into so many little boys’ dreams that they will become a professional footballer and how much they idolise certain players’.
 
Since the launch Emma has received great feedback for the book, saying ‘there’s been lots of enthusiasm, it’s been lovely,’ with one independent Amazon review calling it ‘a novel that will help quench the football thirst of young fans’. Another fan of the book is Emma’s son and inspiration, who ‘read it and kept trying to guess the ending, ultimately whether Fabio would agree to coach Dexter or not’.
 
The novel has also caught the attention of many football clubs where Emma has taken part in meet and greet sessions and done book signings. Added to this it will feature as a competition prize in an upcoming issue of Shoot magazine.
 
Dexter’s Football Journal is now widely available in libraries across the UK and is available to buy in local bookshops and on Amazon.
Thursday, 18 September 2014 12:18

Preston M&L Easter Cup 2015

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Preston Easter Cup Fri 3rd – Sun 5th April 2015
 
Since 1996, hundreds of teams have gathered from across the globe to experience the unique atmosphere that is cultivated during the Preston M&L Easter Cup.  They wish to invite you and your team to come along in 2015 and experience is first hand!
 
They promise to provide top class organisation, playing facilities and flexible accommodation options, giving youth footballers the best possible environment to develop and achieve their full potential.  They are known for top quality planning from a team with more than a decade of experience
 
Benefits Include:
 
  • Guaranteed minimum 5 matches
  • Qualified referees in all matches
  • Quality grass pitches
  • Extra night available
  • 11-a-side cup and trophy competitions
  • 7-a-side fair play trophy for all teams
  • Bespoke medal for all participants
  • Flexible accommodation options
 
The Easter Cup timetable (see below) is carefully designed to ensure it is running like clockwork – all set in a magnificent world class playing venue in the heart of Lancashire.
 
Timetable 2015
Preston M & L Easter Cup
Friday 3rd April
 
Teams arrive and check into accommodation
 
Saturday 4th April
 
 
Big kick off – games played all day
 
 
 
Sunday 5th April
 
 
 
 
Knock out stages begin with Semi and finals – games played till late afternoon
11 a-side Easter Cup & Trophy Presentations
7 a-side Easter Festival Friendship Trophy Presentations
 
The Preston Cup stand for...
Fair Play, Friendship, Participation, Excellence, Fun & Enjoyment
 
Their aim...
We aim to provide top class organisation, playing facilities and accommodation, giving young footballers the best possible experience to develop and achieve their potential
 
Their goal...
Ultimately for the Easter Cup to be the best Easter youth football event in Europe
 
'All in an excellent experience.  Every player, coach, parent thought it was great, and have recommended it to other teams.  Great job!'  Arniston Rangers.
 
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Wednesday, 17 September 2014 18:37

Protein and the impact on recovery - by Elaine Lowden

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The refuelling by the athlete post exercise can sometimes be compromised compared to a pre-nutrition regime. It is essential for an athlete to practice a balanced diet, one which specifically includes: carbohydrate and protein. In addition, practicing a diet which offers protein after training and competition will help the body to recover from intense physical exertion and ultimately, allowing another bout of exercise to occur, if required, the following day. During and after exercise the muscles can become tired and fatigue is likely to occur. Rest is essential but it is also important to highlight that protein is key to reduce these symptoms and allow the athlete to achieve optimum sporting performance.  
 
The body requires 10-15% protein from the diet as a general rule. However, a greater amount of protein is needed by an athlete and protein needs vary depending on the athlete’s weight. The recommended amount is 1.2-1.5g/kg which is easier to monitor than calculating the percentage of protein that should be consumed daily.
 
The reasons for athletes requiring more protein than non-athletes is due to the muscle damage that occurs during exercise and for increased strength required for optimum performance, particularly while performing power bursts. As the body naturally tears the muscle fibres through exercise, however by consuming protein in the diet will reduce the symptoms of tiredness and delay the onset of muscle soreness. It is highly beneficial to refuel within the first 30 minutes post exercise to prevent a delay in the recovery process..  
 
Non-vegetarians tend to consume a higher proportion of protein from animal sources rather than from plant sources. A sample of post exercise meal could include a small chicken breast (containing 26g protein) on wholemeal bread (7g of protein) and a large glass of semi skimmed milk (containing 16g protein).
 
For those who are vegetarians, there are a wide range of products on the market which are rich sources of protein including; quorn, tofu, eggs, dairy produce, beans (eg kidney beans, baked beans). Vegans will obtain their protein from beans and tofu, these can be added to vegetables and sauces for curries and stir fries.  If a meal cannot be tolerated after exercise examples of snacks could be; natural yoghurt and a small handful of almonds or walnuts (8-10) or a fruit smoothie made with natural yoghurt and a wide variety of berries. 
 
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