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The event organisers are a group of Edinburgh College Year 2 HND Students. The four-strong team at All Star Events are passionate about bringing children together in sport and could think of no better event to organise than a school’s football tournament.
Event team manager Andrew Fraser said: “We are delighted to be using the Oriam’s indoor 3G pitches for soccer 7’s school teams for this upcoming tournament. This was an event that we have wanted to do for some time allowing all levels of Primary School teams a chance to play at these facilities in the friendship of sport. On conducting research, it was apparent that very few primary school football teams had a league, cup or any competition they could feasibly enter.”
Sixteen school teams from all over the Lothians will face each during the tournament. There will be two Cups available based on team abilities, allowing all levels of teams to participate. The winning teams will receive a trophy and all players will take home a participation medal.
This event has partnered with “Sporting Start”, a charity that enables young people in Edinburgh and the Lothians to experience and enjoy sport. They help individuals and groups who face financial - or other opportunity limiting barriers - to access or participate in sport. They aim to provide funding support to help with coaching, courses, events, facilities and sports equipment, for example.
Sporting Start was founded in memory of Martin Macari, an inspirational and talented sportsman whose life was cut short by cancer aged 47. A passionate advocate for the power and joy of sport, Martin was a role model who led by example as player, coach and leader across multiple sports.
As a father, one of Martin’s greatest hopes for his children was that they develop a love of sport from an early age and thrive from the many ways sport would enrich their lives. He strongly believed that every young person should be given this opportunity.
Andrew said: “On searching through sporting charities for this tournament the team came across Sporting Start. A charity that was initially unknown to us, but we discovered that both the team at All Star Events and Sporting Start shared the same ethos in regards to youth sport in the Lothians and we are delighted we have partnered for this tournament.”
The tournament has also received sponsorship from Football Nation, who will be providing event tracksuits; Bala Sports, who will be providing Fairtrade Match Balls; Scotmid and various other local businesses which will help the event to be a lasting experience for those pupils involved. The event is also hosting a Fairtrade Fruit and Water stand that all participants are free to enjoy throughout the tournament.
“It is hoped that the success of this tournament will allow it to become an annual event allowing more schools to be part of a footballing experience for their pupils,” added Andrew.
There are a limited number of spaces still available to primary schools and if you would like further details, or information on how your school can participate, please contact the organisers on [email protected]
Boroughmuir Thistle Violets v Boroughmuir Thistle Jags
Hutchison Vale v Hibernian FC
Hearts FC v Blackhall Athletic
Spartans Douglas v Blackburn United
Spartans FC v Cockenzie Star
Dunbar v Boroughmuir Thistle Whites
Haddington Athletic v Dalkeith Thistle Cardo
Edinburgh South v Murieston United Blues / Blackburn United Black
Broxburn Athletic v Tranent Colts
Arniston Rangers v Hibernian Greens
Boroughmuir Thistle Purples v Musselburgh Windsor Whites
Blackburn United Yellows v Penicuik Div 2 / Murieston United Whites
Musselburgh Windsor Blues v Loanhead Youth Miners FC
North Berwick v Hibernian Whites
Penicuik Div 3 v Hearts Development
Lauderdale v Linlithgow Rose
All ties are scheduled to be played in the 24th March
Leith Athletic secured the Under 15 SERYFA Divison 1 title for the second year in a row last season, we heard from their coach Keith Owens as he reflected on another successful season.
Owens was incredibly proud of his side’s success because of how difficult he felt the league was: “the standard of the opposition this year was fantastic and the league was very competitive with 6-7 teams able to take points off each other.”
Owens believes “Team spirit” is the major reason the squad has been so successful: “We do not make a lot of changes to the squad each season and the vast majority of the boys have been here for all three seasons. Our philosophy is to retain the boys who want to be here and then encourage and coach them as best we can to achieve whatever is the best the squad can achieve.”
For Owens and his side, making sure the players are enjoying themselves is paramount. “We pride ourselves on providing an environment where the kids learn the game but importantly enjoy the game.”
This also reflects in the style of football Leith try and play: “We wanted them to play football and be known as a good football team, we were not willing to allow success to be at the expense of their development, performance or enjoyment.”
Looking back over the season, Owens was able to pick out Leith’s biggest challenge of the season, way back on the first day: “The very first game of the season was our biggest challenge.”
Playing away against Tynecastle, a combination of injuries and holidays left Leith was just ten fit players. “Although we lost the match 3-2, I seen enough fighting qualities in our boys that day to know we weren’t going to be far away.”
Owens also picked out his favourite moment, a victory against Spartans Reds: “Deep down I felt that if we lost that game we would have been out of the running, even though it was away back in August.” “Our boys did brilliantly in securing the victory by the odd goal, I genuinely felt after that game, although the league was only four games down that it was going to prove pivotal in our season.”
With a new season upcoming, Owens is hopeful for further success: “We have been really lucky to have been able to compete at the top end of the 2003 year group for three years and instilling qualities into the boys that they can take into their life is always very rewarding, to watch the team grow into a very good football side.”
The success could very well continue as Owens has been able to keep most of the squad intact. Two players have departed but the rest are expected to remain: “Next season will be more of the same, encourage the boys to develop further, continue enjoying the game, put the effort and commitment in and see where it takes them.”
Leith will kick off their season at the Under 16 level on Sunday as they host Longniddry Villa.
Lasswade Thistle were crowned Under 13s South East Region Youth Football Association Division 1 champions for season 2017-18 beating Scottish Cup winners Hutchison Vale in the process to be victorious.
The club were only formed back in 2011 and the Under 13s have certainly done their club proud with this incredible achievement. Thistle won 14 out of 16 games racking up 43 points to win the title and demonstrated their quality throughout the season with impressive wins over Vale and Spartans Youth which were key in their quest to be crowned champions.
Thistle made it as far the third round of the Scottish Cup, losing 2-1 over eventual finalists Cove Youth FC, however despite this defeat it is clear that the future is bright for this young group of players.
Coach Alan Young said, "To be league champions in the first competitive season is an amazing achievement. The players totally deserved it and both coaches and parents were delighted for them.
"It’s hard to pick a favourite moment but just watching the boys develop throughout the season into a very good footballing side was pleasing. Some of the team goals were tremendous to watch with the quick passing and moving. Watching them celebrate together when picking up the league trophy was brilliant.
"Portobello BC were probably the most challenging and they managed to get a draw in our last encounter. They played very defensively looking for the counter, which worked for them. Thereafter we knew every game was a must win."
Young made it clear just how hard his side worked throughout the season and was keen to express his gratitude towards his players for their hard work and attitude, which led them to the title in their first competitive 11-a-side season
"Every player gives 100% in training and the games and it’s their determination to succeed and better themselves that drove them to the title. The team will move on to next season with a view of continuing their development, whilst looking at winning more silverware."
Alan Young revealed that he is stepping down from coaching and Young had these words to say for the parents and players of Lasswade Thistle 2005s, "Having just stepped down from coaching I want to thank the parents for their support throughout my time with Lasswade Thistle and wish the boys every success for next season."
It is certainly hard to predict just how far these young boys can go in the game but one thing is for certain, the future looks incredibly bright for the SERYFA Division 1 champions.
Congratulations to all at Lasswade Thistle 2005s and Youth Football Scotland wishes them well for season 2018-19.