In a brand new feature, Matthew Muir looks back at the week that was - highlighting stories that you may have missed from YFS' social feed.
1. Hutchie Vale’s young kids return to training.
Hutchison Vale’s Kids School continued training last week following some successful first sessions back on the pitch! After months of training on Zoom calls, YFS photographer Liliana Paterson was at hand to take photos as the kids took to the ball for the first time in five months.
2. Norrie McCathie Development Squad return to training.
Another club to return to training were the Norries, named after the late ex-Dunfermline player, Norrie McCathie. Despite, having to battle the elements of typical Scottish weather in their first session back, the young players were in high spirits as they returned to the pitch.
3. Scottish Premiership Academy make a comeback.
Hamilton Accies Academy were one of the latest professional football academy to return to training last week. Returning to the FOYS Stadium, coach George Cairns, had some wise words to say to his players
“It’s amazing to get the youth players back in and training. The past few months have been difficult for us all, however, if it’s taught us anything it’s to appreciate what we have.”
4. Ayrshire Academy praise players as training resumes.
Another one of many academy and youth clubs to make a return to training in the past few weeks, was Ayr United Academy. On announcing their return on social media, the Academy said
“After 365 days since they last kicked a ball, the teams are back. Well done to everyone to get to this point. Today saw the U11, U12, U13 and U15 boys training, keeping to the restrictions in place.”
The Academy also thanked the Scottish FA, Scottish FA South West Region and the Scottish Government for “their clear plan”.
5. Newburgh Juniors announce new signing.
Newburgh Juniors 2007’s youth team, based in Perthshire welcomed their newest player, Jack Moody to the squad. Moody will sport the number ‘22’ shirt and joins another three new players the ‘Burgh Boys’ have signed, in what was a busy week for the youth side.
6. Five go pro at Dundee United!
It was a busy week for the Dundee United Academy as they bolstered their squad with four players signing full-time professional contracts as well as one new signing.
Fin Malcolm, Miller Thomson, Sam Lovie and Dom Naglik are the four Young Terrors who put pens to two-year deals, while 17-year-old Jacob Comerford officially joined from Hutchison Vale Boys Club.
On Comerford, Director Andy Goldie said “We are also delighted to welcome Jacob Comerford from Hutchison Vale Boys Club with the view of offering him a full-time contract in the future.”
7. Summer Coaching sessions finish as school return nears.
With all Scottish schools to return from tomorrow (Tuesday 11) and to be back full-time by Monday 18, summer coaching sessions were coming to an end. Sessions were coached by FTBL Elite Coaching, Football Buzz and Box Soccer. YFS were along to capture photos of final sessions.