For the first time in its history, Youth Football Scotland has launched a Club Journalist programme, giving wannabe journalists the opportunity to gain experience. With coverage of youth team matches as well as photos and video highlights, the programme aims to equip the journalists with a wide range of journalistic techniques and skills whilst giving youth football a higher profile. This is done by offering clubs the chance to have their own journalist covering games, two of which in the South East region, have taken up the opportunity.
Cramond Football Club and Currie Star Football Club will both have a club journalist following their fortunes. Chris Grieve will be covering matches from age groups at each club including league games and cup ties, supplying match reports as well as match photos and video highlights.
This is the first time either club have had a journalist in their midst. David Muego, IT and Communications at Currie Star, told of how the appointment came about: “I’d been getting information from Youth Football Scotland for a wee while, I saw the advert from them about club journalists and thought I’d apply and see how far we got. It was nice when I got the notification that Currie Star had been selected.”
Playing their matches at Dovecote Park in the Kingsknowe area of Edinburgh, Currie Star has teams at the age groups of 6’s to under 14’s and under 17’s. With changing facilities at the pitches and links with local primary schools, the Scottish FA and Heriot Watt University the infrastructure at the club has a solid foundation. This is one of the reasons that Currie Star achieved The Quality Mark in recognition of the high standards of youth football coaching at grassroots level.
Davidsons Mains is the location for Cramond Football Club and their home games take place at Davidsons Mains Park. The club has teams with players born in 1998 up to 2006, eight teams who play across both Saturdays and Sundays with teams varying from 7-a-side in the younger teams to 11-a-side for the older age groups. Every week there are several 7-a-side games on Sunday mornings with the 11-a-side matches around lunchtime while the oldest age group teams play on the Saturday afternoon.
Paul Forsyth from Cramond FC, a sports journalist himself, said how much of a difference having Chris involved in match reports and coverage for the club would make: “Having a young journalist involved in providing coverage for the club will be a great boost for the players, seeing their names in the match reports will help their confidence no end! Hopefully we can manage to cover as many of the difference age group teams as possible.”
As the new season gets under way the two clubs will have match reports and feature articles for each of the different age groups where hopefully both clubs taste success. This is Chris’ first taste of journalism and as a new venture for Chris the real test will come if teams from the two clubs cross paths over the course of the season!