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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.

Click on any of the tracks below to listen to the post-match interviews conducted from across Scotland:
Click on any of the tracks below to listen to the post-match interviews conducted from across Scotland:
Click on any of the tracks below to listen to the post-match interviews conducted from across Scotland:
Click on any of the tracks below to listen to the post-match interviews conducted from across Scotland:
Friday, 06 March 2015 13:27

Girls' 2015 season approaches big kick off

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The weekend of March 7th & 8th sees girls' football back on the map across Scotland. 180 teams will take to the field across the 13's, 15's and 17's age groups, to compete in regional and ability based leagues, regional League Cups and the SWF Youth Cup. 

Below is a look at who is competing this season:
13's age group
Jane Ross League (Central)
Central Albion 
Central Girls Legends 
Cumbernauld Colts 
Gartcairn FA 
Motherwell Girls
Stenhousemuir 13s 
Tullibody Community Club 13s 
Wishaw Wycombe Wanderers
Lisa Evans League - Angus/Dundee (East)
Drybrugh Girls 12s
Drybrugh Girls 13s
Forfar Farmington Flyers
Forfar Farmington Foxes
Forfar Farmington Falcons
Jeanfield Swifts 13s
Monifieth Blues
Monifieth Reds
Montrose Youth
Lisa Evans League - Fife/Perth (East)
Bayside 12s
Bayside 13s
Dunfermline Athletic 13s
East Fife 13s
East Fife Violets
Glenrothes Strollers
Kinross Colts
Letham Tangie Juniors
Letham Tangies
Lomond Colts
Raith Rovers 13s
Real Fife
Rachel Small League (North)
Aberdeen FC Ladies 13s
Aberdeen FC Ladies Development 13s
Aberdeen FC Ladies Youth 13s
Buchan Girls 13s
Buckie Thistle 13s
Colony Park 13s
Deveronvale Girls 13s
Donside Juveniles 13s
Elgin City 13s
Stonehaven Girls 13s
Westdyke Girls 13s
Westdyke Thistle Girls 13s
Winlinton Wolves
South East League Cup
Armadale CFC Girls
Blackburn United Black
Blackhall AthletiC
Bonnyrigg Rose 13s
Boroughmuir Thistle Purples
Boroughmuir Thistle Whites
Boroughmuir Thistle Jags
Blackburn United Yellow
Broxburn Athletic 13s
Broxburn Colts
Fernieside FC 13s
Haddington Athletic
Hearts 13s
Hearts 12s
Hibernian 13s
Hibernian Development
Hutchison Vale 13s
Leith Athletic Girls
Linlithgow Rose 13s
Murieston United CFC Reds
Murieston United CFC Blues
Musselburgh Windsor 13s
Musselburgh Windsor Blues
North Berwick
Penicuik Athletic Blues
Penicuik Athletic Whites
Spartans Whites
Spartans Blues
Kim Little League (South West/West)
Celtic 12s
Celtic 13s
Central Girls
Glasgow City
Kilwinning SC Blues
FC Kilmarnock White
Hamilton Accies Red
Eilish McSorley League (South West/West)
Ayr United
Clark Drive
EK Girls
Hamilton Accies
KSC White
Queen of the South Girls
TASS Thistle
Winlinton Wolves
Leanne Ross League (West)
Gleniffer Thistle 
Port Glasgow 13's 
Giffnock SC Blacks 
Erskine Youth 
Glasgow City 
Giffnock SC Reds 
Pollok United 13s 
St Mirren YFC 
Glasgow Girls FC U13s 
Morton Community 
Clydebank Girls
15s age group
Emma Mitchell League (East)
Dunfermline 15s
East Fife 15's
Forfar Farmington Blue United
Forfar Farmington Eagles
Inverkeithing u15's
Jeanfield Swifts 15s
Letham Girls
Monifieth Galaxy
Montrose Youth
Raith Rovers
Winlinton Wolves
Frankie Brown League (South East)
Blackhall Athletic
Bonnyrigg Rose U15
Boroughmuir Thistle FC 15s
Hearts U15s
Hibernian U15s
Leith Athletic U15
Linlithgow Rose 15s
Murieston United 15s
Musselburgh Windsor U15
Spartans U15 Reds
Spartans U15 Whites
Winlinton Wolves
Jenny Beattie League (Central/South West)
Ayr United
Central Girls FA
Clark Drive
Cumbernauld Colts
Gleniffer Thistle
Hamilton Accies
Kilmarnock FC
Morton Community Trust
Queen of the South
South Ayrshire 
Wishaw WW
Christie Murray League (West)
Celtic FC
Celtic FC 14s
Central Girls FA
Glasgow City
Glasgow Girls
Motherwell FC Girls
Rangers FC
17s age group
Gemma Fay League (Central/South West/West)
Celtic FC
Central Girls
Clark Drive Girls
Cumbernauld Colts
Dumbarton United
EK Girls
FC Kilmarnock
Glasgow City
Hamilton Accies Girls
Morton Community
Motherwell FC Girls
South Ayrshire
Tullibody Community Club
Caroline Weir League (East/South East)
Bonnyrigg Rose
Boroughmuir Thistle
Forfar Farmington
Hutchison Vale
Jeanfield Swifts
Murieston United
Raith Rovers
Rachel Corsie 16s League (North)
Aberdeen FC Ladies Youth 16s
Buchan Girls 16s
Buckie Thistle 16s
Deveronvale Girls 16s
Elgin City Girls 16s
Stonehaven Youth 16s
Westdyke Girls 16s
Westdyke Thistle Girls 16s
Click below to listen back to any of YFSRadio's post-match interviews from the weekend of the 28th February and 1st of March 2015.