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Tuesday, 16 January 2018 19:15

West delighted with start to Broch 17s season

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Fraserburgh Link-Up Under 17s have always been a good team to watch & this campaign has been no different. The Broch are currently 2nd with 5 wins, a draw & a loss however there is teams who have games in hand on the Buchan outfit.

They have enjoyed a good start to the season though & striker Andrew Hannar has been an impressive player for Fraserburgh Link-Up & his efforts haven’t gone unnoticed with Highland League side Fraserburgh FC signing him up. Hannar has already seen appearances with the Highland League outfit & has a bright future ahead of him in the game.

Coach Matthew West has spoken about the season who said: “I’m absolutely delighted with the season so far, we have competed well in games & the guys have shown good habits but we are wanting to finish as high as we can in the league.

“We did okay last season however we are looking to have an improvement on that this season & we are working hard towards that, we have Lewis United at Rothienorman, hopefully the game is on first & foremost & then we will be looking to go there & work hard. Lewis are a good side.

“We went up there at the start of the season & ran them close, we were a little bit aggrieved not to get more out of the game so hopefully we can go there & show the same attitude & we might get a bit more luck this time around.

“The score line against Albion kind of flattered them, we run them close & they run away from them at the end.

Fraserburgh face Rangers in the Scottish Cup on Sunday lunchtime in front of the Sky Sports cameras & West spoke about the game as well as a bit more about Andrew Hannar.

“It’s a good success story for Link-Up & in particular my group of boys that Andrew is doing so well & we wish him all the best, he continues to work with us & trains now & again & we are delighted he took the step up to the Highland League.

“Sunday is going to be a great day for the town, I am involved in the corporate side of things at the leisure centre for the hospitality. There is a buzz about the town & the people involved. I was in the town centre recently & people are just speaking about the game, we'll look to use the game to inspire my boys & the players & people at Fraserburgh Link-Up.

“Andrew will be happy to be a part of the game in any capacity, even if it’s sitting in the stand then I think it’s still a great achievement, Andrew understands that he is young & he has a lot to learn, Andrew has contributed well in the games he’s went to so far, it would be great to see Andrew get a run out however certainly for him just to be a part of it will be great on its own."

Tuesday, 16 January 2018 18:53

ADJFA Review Under 16s-19s 13/01/18

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The wintry weather took its toll on the ADJFA card with some games having to be postponed. Longside picked up a 4-3 win away to Cove in the Under 16s B league & there was 2 home wins in the C league for Deveronvale Colts & Greyhope Boys.

There was 3 home wins in the Castle Trophies Cup for Donside Juvenile, Glentanar & Lewis United Youth. Banks O’Dee Albion beat B league Colony Colts 6-1 in the Presidents Cup & there was away wins for Culter United & Westdyke. The 2nd round of the same competition seen Colony come away with a 6-1 win at Kintore United.

Under 17s saw A league wins for Cove BC & Banks O’Dee Albion whilst there was cup wins for Westdyke & Glentanar. There was a B league win for Colony Colts away to Formartine United.

With Banchory v Westdyke in the 19s A league being called off, there was B league wins for Turriff United against Fraserburgh 3-2 & Peterhead Phoenix winning 4-2 away to Colony Park. Hermes Youth 19s recorded a stunning win away to Culter in the Murray Cup 2nd round.

 

Tuesday, 16 January 2018 18:43

ADJFA Review Under 13s-16s 14/01/2018

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Under 13s saw Regional Cup victories for Middlefield Wasps, Lewis United Youth, Deveronvale & Elite. Cove picked up 3 points in the A league after a 4-1 victory away to Westdyke.

The 13s B league card saw 4 home victories for Colony Park, Culter United, Cove United & Portlethen whilst Peterhead beat Westdyke Thistle 4-1. C League Section 1 seen 2 away victories for Northstar Orange winning 5-2 & Newmachar United winning 6-2. C League Section 2 saw a 3-2 win for Blackburn over Culter Deeside & Turriff beating Northstar 6-2.

The Under 14s was mostly filled with cup action. In the Eddie Mannell Trophy 2nd round, there was big wins for Banks O’Dee Albion, Formartine United, Lewis United Youth, North Star & West End FC. Donside Juvenile beat Stonehaven Madrid 3-2.

The 3rd round of the same competition saw big away wins for Newtonhill, Thistle BC & Westdyke. West End Reds beat Cove 4-3 after extra time in the Winton Trophy. League action saw Culter Boys beat Culter United 7-2 in the B league & wins in the C League section 1 for FC Brave Eagles, Nicolls Youth & Newmachar. Deveronvale & Ellon Meadows won in the C League Section 2.

There was under 15s league wins for Deveronvale in the A league & Huntly in the B league. A league side Peterhead Jags safely went through to Round 2 of the Belmont Trophy with a comfortable home victory against Ellon Meadows. Mintlaw progressed to round 3 of the same competition with a 1-0 victory over Fraserburgh.

Cove & Newmachar picked up home victories in the 1st round of the Stonehaven Youth Trophy whilst C league side Colony Colts beat A league Formartine United 3-1 away from home. There was away victories in the 2nd round of the competition for Kintore United & Newtonhill.

 

Tuesday, 16 January 2018 18:28

Vale 13s seal semi final date

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Deveronvale marched through to the semi-finals of the Under 13s Regional Trophy after a 2-1 win at home to Formartine United. Formartine took the lead thanks to Matthew Threadgold.

The hosts then drew level after a corner kick was floated in by Brodi Smith & the ball unwittingly struck the face of a Formartine player & into the back of the net.

Vale then sneaked in a late winner to avoid extra time after Smith squared the ball to Lucas Sey who evaded a couple of tackles & his effort was blocked before falling to Marc Evans who slotted the ball across the goal to the keepers left hand side.  This win earned Vale a semi-final against Elite after they beat Banks O’Dee Albion away from home 2-1.

The Banff outfit have another home tie against Westdyke this weekend before their last 16 Scottish Cup game against Ferry Athletic.

It was to be a good weekend all round for Deveronvale with Deveronvale Colts Under 16s beating Huntly 6-0 on Saturday before wins for Deveronvale 15s & 14s over Colony Park & City Youth respectively.

Information provided by Deveronvale Community Football Club & Usqor

Thursday, 11 January 2018 16:59

ADJFA announce plans to go 9 v 9

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The Aberdeen & District Juvenile Football Association has announced that the Under 12s age group will be playing 9 v 9 football in preparation for the step up to 11 v 11 come August 2018. A meeting was held on Wednesday night with all of the coaches in the area to gather their opinions, with all of the teams giving positive remarks back.
 
Ray Riddell is the driving force behind it. Ray attended a meeting in Perth about the initiative with the Scottish FA and then reported back to the coaches involved in the Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire area.  
 
Riddell has worked at a few clubs in the ADJFA having also been chairman at Formartine United Youth.  Riddell spoke about the decision to get underway early by saying: “It will be good because it’ll be 9 a side football with 11-a-side rules. I have been involved in kids football for a number of years now and everyone has different opinions on football. I am 44 years old and I played 11-a-side football when I was 8 years old however the game has changed since then.
 
“I think it will help the players find their feet quicker once they get to 11-a-side. I have been involved with the ADJFA just coming up to a year now and I like to ask the coaches for their views. Before the meeting there were two people who weren’t sure about it however by the end of the meeting they wanted to go for it as well.
 
“You’re playing in 7 a side goals so there isn't any new equipment to be bought. That would have been a major setback for us, the kids in the goals are small as it is, I just think it’s a natural progression for us.
 
“There is a big jump from 7 a side to 11 a side, I am hoping to do a few taster games in February/March which will be two 30 minute halves so we can look at it instead of going and giving the clubs their fixtures in March and say ‘There you go, there’s your fixtures.’
 
“I want feedback from the kids as well because I look at it and they are the most important people involved in this. I will ask if they liked it and also did they learn from it? Then I can feed that back to Hampden and say what my area is thinking about it. I am looking forward to it.”
 

Thistle Youth FC have ambitious plans to build new facilities at their base in Newburgh. The club have plans to get a full sized enclosed grass pitch, full sized astroturf and a five-a-side multi-use court which would enable us to give all year round coaching in a safe environment.

The planning Application was submitted in December and they will know by the 22nd February if they have been successful. If they are successful it will not only provide a great facility for Thistle Youth FC but also Newburgh Amateurs and the other Clubs in the surrounding areas of Ellon, Balmedie and Pitmedden.

If the club are successful come the 22nd February, the club say that the astroturf pitch is the next stage of growing the club in conjunction with the Gallowshill Sports Hub at Newburgh.

Thistle Youth was set up in May 2015 as a new club due to the demand for football in the area. The club has quickly grown to over 160 children and over 40 coaches. The growth has been far quicker than the club had first imagined and now have a waiting list for players. As a result, this has highlighted a problem for facilities to cater for all the teams. Thistle have the SFA Quality award and with like-minded coaches aims to give quality coaching

With the ever increasing wet weather, this facility would be an asset to the area and without it the club would not be able to expand locally, Thistle Youth are an expanding club with a focused pathway on player development. The new facility would enable the Newburgh club the chance to increase the size of the club and introduce a girls’ section also, Thistle state that the quicker the facility is built the quicker that they are able to accommodate the needs of the children and wider community.

The club currently has a range of non-competitive teams & also an Under 14s team who are currently 4th in the ADJFA A league with 4 wins, 2 draws & 1 defeat which was to last years A league champions Westdyke.

 

Members of the public are being urged to lend their support towards the Newburgh club. All you have to do is go onto - https://upa.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=P15PFZCAL5B00 before scrolling onto the comments section & making a comment showing your support, once you have done that, toggle your support before leaving a wee note of support towards the club. 

Tuesday, 09 January 2018 11:38

CLUB PROFILE: Sky is the limit for Elite FC

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(Photo Credit Elite FC: Team with Dana Cup Runners-Up trophy)
 
Many established grassroots teams from all around the country will go from strength to strength and not have anyone make their way into the professional game. It is even less likely for brand new teams to develop players to that level but that is exactly what is happening at Elite FC.
 
Elite FC are a two-year old football club operating on the outskirts of Aberdeen and have already achieved great things in the youth game. They are a small club and operate only one team at under-13 level, yet when they participated in the Dana Cup in Denmark last summer they managed to reach the final, the first Scottish team in the competition's 32-year history to have ever done so.
 
The club came from the vision of Craig Sutherland, Ronnie Mackenzie and Andy Butler who have all been at the club since it's creation in January 2016. We were fortunate to catch up with Andy Butler, the team's treasurer and goalkeeping coach, to tell us more about Elite FC.
 
"We started the club as we wanted to challenge the established clubs with the best playing style and to become the best footballing team in the North East.
 
"We want to emphasise on player development with playing from the back and taking the ball under pressure. We also wanted to prove that if you "coach and don't poach" you can develop the boys and get them to the next level.  Leon and Connor are examples of this."
 
The two players he mentions are Leon Etko and Connor Osprey, two players that have featured recently on this very website. Connor and Leon are perhaps the biggest success stories at Elite FC as they have now advanced into the professional game, signing pro contracts at Dundee F.C towards the end of 2017.
 
That is a testament to the hard work of the coaches to develop their young players and it has been a source of great inspiration for all at the club.
 
"I think it shows we are doing things the right way as both players were playing B league football before they signed for Elite. We have also had two boys invited into a trail game with Aberdeen FC.
 
"Things are very positive at the moment. We try to play the game in the right manner and we get positive feedback from coaches, referees and parents on the way we play. 
 
"It just emphasises that we are doing the right right thing and our programme of development works."
 
This success has not come without it's own share of problems however. As is often the case with clubs that produce very promising players, it can be hard for clubs to keep these players, but Andy Butler is positive that players can be convinced to stay at Elite FC to continue their development.
 
"We hope our parents can see their boys are developing with us and that we look at the long term in getting them up to the next level, not short term by winning at all costs."
 
And Elite FC are certainly aiming high. When asked about his club's ambitions for the future, Andy Butler said, "To add to our squad and continue to develop the players by coaching to play in the right manner and hopefully get more boys up to pro youth level like Leon & Connor. 
 
"Our club name is Elite FC because we want our players to be Elite players.  We give every boy the opportunity to develop, regardless of their current level of ability.  If we see something we can work with, he will get that chance."
 
#WhatsYourStory
 
This issue of #WhatsYourStory focuses on the Aberdeenshire side who will be flying out to the Netherlands to compete in the Eastern Open tournament with Trans World Soccer.
 
In order to get an insight into how the Dyce boys were shaping up before the tournament, Youth Football Scotland got in contact with head coach Garry Mournian.
 
With this being the first time for the team travelling outside of Scotland and with football being the main focus of the trip, naturally the boys were thrilled. Coach Garry told us that the team were “looking forward to playing against teams from other countries”.
 
Aside from the football, it came as no surprise that the team were ecstatic when seeing where they would be staying. The Dyce outfit ‘can’t wait to see what they can get up to’.
 
The Aberdeen club has been able to claim trophies at every age group in their league in Scotland. With this in mind hopefully the 2009 lads will be able to return from the Netherlands with their hands on the prize.
 
If you are interested in participating in Easter or Summer tournaments in 2018, click here and register your interest with Trans World Soccer.
 
1. What tournament will you be going to?
 
We will be travelling to the Netherlands to take part in the Easter Open. We are in the section based near Eindhoven. 
 
2. What are you / the team most looking forward to for the trip?
 
It will be the boys first ever tournament outside of Scotland, so they are very much looking forward to playing against teams from other countries. As well as the football, the boys are also looking to flying over to the Netherlands and the bus journey to Eindhoven. After seeing the videos of the resort they will be staying at, they can’t wait to see what they can get up too there as well! 
 
3. What is something that people might not know about Dyce? 
 
Dyce Boys Club are proud of the players we have produced over the years. Current Aberdeen FC captain, Graeme Shinnie and Celtic FC and Scotland International, Stuart Armstrong are former players. 
 
 
#WHATSYOURSTORY is a campaign to learn more about the teams participating in Trans World Soccer tournaments throughout 2018. If you, or anyone you know is participating in one of these events please get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and tell us your story. Alternatively, click here to learn more about the upcoming tournaments in 2018.
 
Fancy heading to Barcelona this summer? Take advantage of the Trans World Soccer Winter Sale and grab 15% OFF bookings to the Barcelona Summer tournament. Click here to learn more. 
 
 
Wednesday, 03 January 2018 10:59

Dundee FC make move for Elite FC duo

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(Photo Credit: Elite FC)
 
Christmas came early for Elite FC duo Leon Etko and Connor Osprey as they were offered contracts at Dundee FC after a successful trial period with the club.
 
Both players have been at the club, which has only been running for two years, since 2016 and have benefited greatly from the youth development program at Elite FC.
 
In their announcement on Facebook, Elite FC said, "Very proud moment for both boys and their parents and for the club also. Our mission statement is to develop each player to progress to the highest level. Great compliment to the coaches and their program of development.

"Leon is one of the founder members of the club when we started in beginning of 2016. It’s been great watching him develop over the 2 years. Leon has always been a technically gifted player but what makes him stand out is his high work ethic. He always gives 100% and would run himself into the ground for the team.

"Connor joined the club end of 2016 from the B league. Like Leon, a very gifted player who can take players on in 1v1 situations. He had come on leaps and bounds since he’s been with us and we have improved his game by learning when to take on a player and when to make the simple pass.

"Everyone at the club wish both Leon & Connor all the best and to take this wonderful opportunity they have been given and give it their all. We are all very proud of you both."

Both players were part of the Elite FC squad that travelled to Denmark last summer to take part in the Dana Cup where they were finalists, the first Scottish team in the tournament's history to have done so.

Congratulations to both Leon and Connor and all of us at Youth Football Scotland wish you both the very best at Dundee FC.

 
 

Formartine United have confirmed Craig Feroz as the new head coach for their U14 side.

Craig was a professional footballer for over ten years, starting as a pro-youth with Dundee United Football Club before moving on to play for numerous clubs including Livingston FC, Ross County FC & Queen of the South FC.  The former forward also continued playing in a semi-professional capacity at Junior level for Auchinleck Talbot FC, Irvine Meadow AFC and then Kirkintilloch Rob Roy who he later went on to manage before recently moving back to the North East Of Scotland.

Feroz was also a part of the Arbroath team that played against Rangers in a Scottish Cup tie back on the 11th February 2003 with the striker up against the likes of Stefan Klos, Shota Arveladze, Barry Ferguson & Fernando Ricksen. Rangers won this game at Gayfield Park on a midweek evening 3-0.

Craig started off speaking about his challenge with Formartine United by saying: “I am looking forward to the challenge, there was a couple of teams who wanted to speak to me regarding head coach positions however once I spoke to Formartine and their plans for the future then I made my mind up straight away.

“When I saw them play in a game, I realised there was potential there I could help that out to try and get the best out of the boys, we are now looking up instead of looking down.

“I am trying to assess what I have got just now, obviously through my coaching business I coach a lot of boys so I get to see the promise that some of these players have and hopefully I can take a few to Formartine, maybe not this season however next season.

“The Under 14s A league is very competitive, it’s probably one of the most competitive leagues in the Aberdeen & District Juvenile league, you have a top side such as Westdyke and we all hope we can aspire to them but I think we can close the gap on the teams at the top, maybe not this season however probably next season.

Formartine United have a last 32 Scottish Cup coming up after the new year when they host Bellshill BC. Feroz is very excited ahead of that game when he said: “Obviously this is the furthest that Formartine have reached in the Scottish Cup & that is credit to the management that were there already & the players. We are under no illusions how hard the game is going to be. In a one off game we are capable of beating anybody. It might be my 1st game in charge.

Feroz has worked under some top managers during his playing days including Neale Cooper, Jim Leishman, Davie Hay & John Robertson and Feroz is hoping that he can give the good things that these managers gave the forward when he worked in the professional scene to the young players at Formartine,

He added: “My look on it is to try & make them enjoy themselves & get to know them as some of them need a cuddle or encouragement.

“I am enjoying coaching; I’m getting excited more than anybody when I am coaching when they are doing something right. I never thought I would be into coaching the kids as much as I have.

“I have been away from Aberdeen for 22 years now, all my family are still based up in Aberdeen & it’s time to come back.”

Feroz also runs his own Soccer School in Aberdeen which is called Pro-Start Football Coaching:

“The feedback has been brilliant from it, we do a lot of 1 to 1 sessions & if the player is a winger then i’m a right back & I come home from sessions absolutely knackered. We have a few goalkeepers involved now as well so being a striker like I was it’s great as you can smash the ball at them. Myself & the boys put in 100%."

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