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Lowland League side Berwick Rangers and juvenile club Berwick Juniors have agreed an ambitious new partnership designed to give the area’s young talent a pathway to the senior game.
The youth outfit have adopted the name Berwick Rangers Juniors as part of the plans and will also adopt the Berwick Rangers badge, retaining black and gold as their familiar club colours.
Berwick Rangers Juniors will use the new identity across all social media and marketing as links are strengthened.
Dave Buglass, Berwick Rangers director, said: “The club have had ties to the Juniors in the past, but they weren’t very strong.
“We felt it was only right to strengthen our connection between the two of us and create the partnership.”
A new board of directors was appointed at Berwick Rangers in January, as the club adjusts to life outside of the SPFL, and one of the key focuses has been on improving the flow of local players to the first team.
Officials from both Berwick Rangers and the Juniors had held several encouraging talks which led to the partnership being formed.
Berwick Rangers Juniors will now have access to some of the Wee Gers’ facilities as part of their agreement. The Juniors teams will be able to use the pitches at Shielfield Park, Old Shielfield and Ivinson.
Club officials, coaches and volunteers will also be able to use meeting rooms and recreational space for fundraising events at Shielfield Park, which will be a major help to the Juniors.
“One of my aims with the partnership is to see more children through the gates on a Saturday,” Dave added. “We want to engage with our community, and this is definitely a great chance to do that with Juniors players having the chance to be ball boys and girls and come down with their parents to support the team.
“We train at Edinburgh University and most of our players are based in Edinburgh and the East Lothian area, so with the partnership we aim to have a couple more local lads in the first team squad in the near future.
“The most important thing is turning the kids into good people, giving them the social skills and communication skills that allow them to go on and have a good life.
“Secondly, if they are really good footballers, we are able to give them a pathway to get to the Berwick Rangers first team or even just keeping them playing football for as long as possible.
“We need to continue to tell our story positively on social media and as more people see how the club is becoming more professional more people will pay attention and be interested in Berwick Rangers. We have just launched a Berwick Rangers podcast, Let It BRFC, and there are lots of great initiatives underway.”
Berwick Rangers also want to give all the Juniors coaches the chance to enhance their experience, starting with a new coach in-service programme.
This will come in the form of online sessions which will be launched on June 10 by former Berwick Juniors and current St Johnstone midfielder Liam Craig, who will give the coaches an insight into his playing career and his first steps into the world of coaching.
Craig is planning to set-up further calls with fellow professional players as special guests who can talk to the coaches about their experience within the game and support coach development for the Juniors volunteers.
The Borderers are not only helping the Juniors on the playing side but will also provide advice on the way the Juniors are run off the pitch in order to maximise the club’s growth.
This will come in the form of the board of directors lending their expertise to the Juniors with marketing, communications and applying for grants.
The board of directors will also meet up with the Juniors committee every three months to track the progress made as a result of the partnership.
Dave added: “The Juniors will get the chance to make use of the great club facilities, use of our communications and marketing experience and our experience and network of coaching education.
“For Berwick Rangers, it completes our pathway to the first team and allows us to engage even more with the community.
“We definitely view this as a long-term partnership. We recently had a community day and the Juniors played an intrinsic role in that, with the crowd total reaching just under 600 fans when we were averaging over 300 at the start of the season.
“The good thing is these are parents and children who are all from the town, so more people will be speaking about the club and spreading the word of what we are doing.”
Salvesen CFC have merged with Gala Fairydean Rovers to create a new under-20s team, which will play in the East of Scotland Development League from the start of the 2020/21 season.
It is hoped the move will benefit both teams, by creating a pathway for Salvesen’s youth players into Lowland League Football, and allowing matches to be more accessible to Borders'-based Gala, as the team will be based in the capital.
Kenneth Wood, a coach at Salvesen, said: “We lose players to senior teams, [and] as a consequence our teams are not as strong as they used to be.”
Kenneth contacted former Hibs and Celtic player, John Collins who had previously worked with Salvesen chairman Graeme Buckley at Livingston FC.
Through Collins’ connection with Gala Fairydean Rovers - he is an ambassador with the club - an opportunity arose for Salvesen and Gala to merge and form a new team.
“We both share the same football philosophy," Kenneth added, "so it made sense to join up and create a huge pool of talented young footballers.”
Kenneth, who will be part of the coaching staff in the new under-20s team, also said a large portion of the praise should go to Salvesen chairman, Graeme Buckley, who pulled the strings to make the move happen.
“Now the club are on the up and moving forward with Graeme on board, and with his knowledge and direction for the club it’s very exciting times ahead.”
“My aim is to raise the profile of our youth teams and produce players for the under-20s and eventually the first team,” said Wood, when asked about the future of the new team and his aims.
He continued: “Everything is in place and both clubs are delighted to work together and make this project a success.”
“It is a very exciting project to be involved in."
Hutchison Vale vs Lasswade Thistle U15
These two have had many incredible battles with each other over the past couple of seasons, and now the two clash once again for a place in the final of the South East Region Cup.
These two are the only undefeated teams in the SERYFA First Division and hold a place not just amongst the best teams in the region, but also the country.
Lasswade hold top spot for now, sitting six points ahead of Hutchie Vale having played two games more. The last encounter between these teams resulted in a 1-1 draw. Perhaps this is a sign of how even this match will be.
These two contested the final of this competition two seasons ago, with Hutchison Vale coming out on top on that occasion. This has all the making to be a classic cup match.
Salvesen Vikings vs Portobello CFA U14
Two of the top sides in the U14 SERYFA First Division face off in the South East Region semi final as Salvesen Vikings take on Portobello CFA.
Just three points separate the two at the top of the table, and it looks as though we can expect an equal game from two sides who have had fantastic campaigns so far this season.
The two have only met once so far in the league, that match resulting in a 1-1 draw. There will have to be a winner this weekend, and it’s difficult to determine who that winner will be.
However it does mean one thing. This is sure to be a thoroughly entertaining match.
Edinburgh City Whites vs Edinburgh City Blacks U17
Seeing two teams under the same banner competing in the semi final of a cup competition is not something you see everyday and is a testament to the work done at Edinburgh City as their Whites and Blacks clash for a place in the South East Region Cup Final.
Despite being in different divisions, with the Blacks in the First Divsion and the Whites in the Second, this game will be difficult to call.
The Whites have had a great season so far, reaching the quarter finals of the Scottish Cup and will come into this game off the back of an impressive comeback win over Salvesen to win the Victor Paris Bathrooms Cup.
For the Blacks, they are still in with a shot of catching up to Division 1 leaders Spartans, but their focus will be on this weekend and their quest to secure some silverware of their own.
Hutchison Vale vs Hillfield Swifts U16
It’s a top two clash in the SERYFA First Division as Hutchison Vale host Hillfield Swifts in a match that could decide the fate of the league title.
Hillfield Swifts have some ground to make up on the league leaders, having fallen 13 points behind Hutchie Vale with three games in hand, but you have to feel that in order to realistically challenge for the title, a win is needed this weekend.
That win will not be easy to come by. Hutchison Vale are having a fantastic season so far and the Scottish Cup semi-finalists remain undefeated in the league so far this season.
Vale won the previous encounter between the two, securing a 3-1 win. Hillfield Swifts will be looking to not only avenge that loss, but also pull themselves right back into the title race.
Bathgate Thistle White vs Blackburn United Black U15
Two teams competing at the top end of the WLAYFC A League clash for a place in the County Cup final as Bathgate Thistle White take on Blackburn United Black.
Blackburn go into the game as firm favourites, given their perfect record in the league with eight wins out of eight.
Bathgate are not that far behind, sitting five points adrift having played one game more than their opponents this weekend.
Form often goes out the window when it comes to cup football however, and it sets this one up for a fantastic cup semi.
Lasswade Thistle vs Blackburn United U13
This weekend sees a lot of semi-finals to be played in the South East Region Cup, one of these games comes in the form of two teams who have taken to the competition well since transitioning to 11-a-side football.
Lasswade Thistle have had a decent start to competitive football and sit comfortably mid-table in the SERYFA First Division. They only sit seven points off of top spot and will look to round off a great season with an appearance in a cup final.
Blackburn United on the other hand couldn’t have hoped for a better season than the one that they have had. The WLAYFC A League side are unbeaten in the league with a 100% record and will take that confidence into their game this weekend.
The winners of the tie will play the winners of the second semi-final between Portobello CFA and Nova Star.
Inverkeithing United vs Hutchison Vale U14
At the 2006 age group, Inverkeithing United and Hutchison Vale are both still challenging for the SERYFA Division 1 League title, but will have to put that quest on hold as they face off for a place in the South East Region Cup semi final.
United have not lost a game in the league this season and sit four points off of top spot. The Fife side have enjoyed an impressive couple of seasons since making the transition to competitive football.
Hutchison Vale have also been impressive this season. The sit narrowly behind Inverkeithing in the league and are only six points off of top spot.
These two have not met in the league yet this season and will be looking to build on what has already been a good season by booking their place in May’s cup final.
Portobello CFA vs Bonnyrigg Rose FC U15
Moving onto the 2005 age group, two sides could provide one of the games of the region this weekend. Here’s hoping they reproduce their five goal thriller earlier in the season.
Both teams remain in the title hunt for the SERYFA Division 1 title, but will welcome the opportunity to book themselves a place in a cup final in May.
The winners of this tie will face the winners of the match between Hutchison Vale and Lasswafe Thistle. Those two have been on fire in the league and whoever wins this tie will be in for a tough game in the final.
Expect a game between two sides hungry for silverware.
Edinburgh City Whites vs Edinburgh City Blacks U17
Derby matches are always great spectacles, but especially in the context of a South East Region Cup semi final.
These two don’t normally meet since they reside in different divisions, with the Blacks in Division 1 and the Whites in Division 2.
Both sides have been going well in their respective leagues, with the Blacks 16 points off of top spot, but with the benefit of having a massive five games in hand. The Whites on the other hand are ten points off top spot in their league, and have four games in hand.
Many would look at the difference in leagues as an indicator of how the match is going to go, but cup semi finals are capable of bringing up results you don’t really expect.
Armadale Calcio vs Edinburgh City FC U19
The South East Region Cup is a great competition because it brings up matches that you wouldn’t normally see and that is no different with this tie here.
Both of these sides have had decent seasons so far. Armadale have a lot of ground to make up if they want to catch up to WLAYFC League leaders AC Rovers, but having lost just two games in the league this season they can be happy with how they’ve played.
Edinburgh City have less of a mountain to climb, with five points to make up on leaders Blackhall Athletic, but the benefit of five games in hand.
The winners of this tie will play either Edinburgh South or Dalkeith Thistle in the final in May.
It was a great weekend for Nova Star in the SERYFA First Division as they secured a stunning first league win of the season against Hutchison Vale. Their record before the game saw them secure two draws and four defeats before their victory on Sunday.
Leith Athletic maintained their unbeaten second division record this season with a narrow 2-1 win away to Tynecastle Maroon. The win sees them creep closer to table toppers Tranent Colts. Athletic have four games in hand over the leaders.
In Division 3A, Craigroyston missed an opportunity to move further clear at the top of the table as they played out a thoroughly entertaining 4-4 draw with Musselburgh Young Stars. The draw opens the door further for Penicuik Athletic, who now have four games in hand over Craigroyston, to take top spot.
Edinburgh South Cobras were able to move to within one point of Division 4 leaders Newcraighall Leith Vics after their emphatic victory over Hillfield Swifts Colts. The two have now both played 10 games each, but will be looking over their shoulders at Lauderdale FC and Ancrum FC, who are following close behind.
In cup action in the SERYFA leagues, Lasswade Thistle advanced to the final of the Peter O’Neill Cup with an impressive 3-1 victory away to Salvesen CFC. They will face either Edinburgh South Athletico, Edinburgh South CFC or Musselburgh Windsor for the trophy.
Lasswade Thistle Reds followed their sister team’s steps and also booked their place in a final, beating Lochend FA for a place in the final of the Edinburgh Cup. They will face the winner of the second semi-final between Dalkeith Thistle and Haddington Athletic.
With Gartcairn Academy in WLAYFC County Cup action, Milton Rovers took advantage to take top spot in the A League last weekend with a 7-0 win away to Bathgate Thistle Blue. Rovers still have one game in hand over Gartcairn at the top.
Kirkfield United continued their dominance at the top of the B League by securing an emphatic win over bottom side Armadale Stars to move 15 points clear at the top and maintain their perfect record in the league this season.
SERYFA Division 2 leaders Peebles put some much needed distance between themselves and second placed Edinburgh South with a 3-1 win away to Edinburgh City Whites. The win puts them four points clear at the top, though Edinburgh South do have three games in hand. At the other end of the table, Spartans FC Reds secured a vital win over Cramond FC to move themselves further away from bottom side Longniddry Villa.
In Division 4, Newtongrange Star YDA kept up the pace on league leaders Melrose with a comfortable win over Cramond FC Romans. Newtongrange now move to within 11 points of the leaders, but also hold a massive seven games in hand. The game of the division came between Cockenzie Star and Lothian Colts Blues, as they played out a 5-4 thriller in the Blues’ favour.
In the cups, Craigroyston CYFC secured their place in the final of the David Innes Cup by beating Dunbar United Colts 4-0. They will now face the winner of the second semi final between Edinburgh South and Musselburgh Windsor.
Melrose also have cause to celebrate as they booked their place in the final of the Charles Kilvin Cup in an entertaining tie that had to be separated via a penalty shootout. They will face their title rivals Newtongrange Star in the showpiece event.
Airdrie United were the big winners in the WLAYFC A League last weekend as they secured a big victory over leaders West Lothian FC. United are now just six points behind West Lothian.
In the B League Carluke Athletic extended their lead at the top of the table with a big win over Broxburn Athletic Colts. They are now a whopping 15 points clear ahead of second placed Linlithgow Rose Maroon, who could only draw against Bathgate Thistle Red.
With Hutchison Vale in cup action this weekend, Lasswade Thistle took advantage and move six points clear at the top of the SERYFA Division 1 table with a narrow 1-0 win at home to Edinburgh City Blacks. Longniddry Villa also kept up the pace with the leaders with their 3-1 win against Edinburgh City.
Two of the top sides in the Division 2 table faced off at the weekend as Cavalry Park and Hutchison Vale Colts played out an entertaining 3-3 draw. Colts now move 10 points clear at the top ahead of second placed Kelso FC.
In Division 3 Cramond FC earned a huge win in the title race as they battled to a 3-2 win over Spartans FC Colts. The win moves Cramond into first place ahead of Spartans, having played one game more. Haddington Athletic also kept themselves in the title fight with a narrow win over North Berwick FC.
Hutchison Vale moved further clear at the top of the SERYFA Division 1 table last weekend as they secured a comfortable victory over Newcraighall Leith Vics. The Vale are now 13 points clear at the summit of the mountain, but will be keeping an eye on second placed Tynecastle who have four games in hand.
Dunbar United Colts kept their outside chances of catching league leaders Spartans FC Reds alive by securing a hard fought 3-2 win over Edinburgh City Colts. The Colts moved to within 13 points of Spartans with two games in hand.
Redhall Star suffered a setback in their Division 3A title ambitions last weekend as they fell to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Currie FC Colts. The loss means they remain two points behind leaders Eyemouth United, who have a game in hand.
Division 3B leaders Currie Star Colts used the fact that their nearest title rivals, Lochend YFC, were in cup action to their advantage as they increased their lead at the top of the table with a 4-1 win against Cramond FC. They are now four points clear having played one game more.
Spartans FC Reds increased their lead at the top of the SERYFA Division 1 table with a comfortable 5-1 win over Edinburgh South Reds. They’ve opened up an 11 point lead over second placed Leith Athletic, although Leith do still have five games in hand. At the other end of the table, Hutchison Vale recorded their first league win of the season last weekend over Musselburgh Windsor to lift them clear off the bottom of the table.
Cavalry Park used one of their games in hand in the second division to bring themselves close to league leaders Beechwood, securing a 5-3 win over Spartans FC Youth. Cavalry Park are now six points adrift with a game in hand.
In cup action, Edinburgh City Blacks earned their spot in the final of the Craig Gowans Memorial Cup with a narrow 1-0 victory over Longniddry Villa. They will face the winner of the second semi final tie between Tynecastle FC and Leith Athletic.
In the second Andrew Towns Memorial Cup semi final an all Edinburgh City final was set up for the final as Edinburgh City recorded a narrow 3-2 victory over Broxburn Diamonds to set up clash with Edinburgh City Blacks in the final.
And Salvesen have also booked their place in a cup final, with their semi final win against Gala Fairydean Rovers in the Victor Paris Bathrooms Cup. They will face the winner of the second semi final between Cavalry Park and Edinburgh City Whites.
In the WLAYFC U17s League, Murieston United Blue took advantage of Linlithgow Rose’s game against Broxburn Athletic Colts being postponed to draw level on points with them at the top of the table. Murieston defeated Linlithgow Rose Maroon to draw level. Kirkfield United also secured an emphatic win over Bathgate Thistle to move to within three points of top spot with three games in hand.
Blackhall Athletic earned their place in the final of the David Murray cup as they beat Spartans after extra time. They will play the winners of the tie between Edinburgh City Reds and Edinburgh South CFC.
In the WLAYFC U19s League, Blackburn United closed the gap at the top of the league to eight points with their win at the weekend over Armadale Calcio.
- 10% of children and young people (aged 5-16 years) have a clinically diagnosable mental problem, yet 70% of children and adolescents who experience mental health problems have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age.
- 50% of mental health problems are established by age 14 and 75% by age 24.
- 20% of adolescents may experience a mental health problem in any given year.
- Raising awareness of mental health for young sports people. This will be done through marketing on social media and their website, which is work in progress.
- Funding education and qualifications. We will seek to fund the education of coaches, staff, parents and players on mental health through working with trained specialist to undertake formal training. Spoting Minds UK will seek to fund and facilitate an individual from a sporting institution, to become a mental health first aider. This will give them formal qualification and be invaluable in helping them recognise symptoms of mental health issues and how to handle them effectively.
- Providing and funding direct, for 1 to 1 support. Any young person in sport, with a mental health issue, will have the opportunity to be offered 1 to 1 support with a trained professional. Sporting Minds UK have a goal to have a ‘menu’ of trained psychiatrists and psychologists who are onboard with Sporting Minds UK and who offer their services. Their aim is to eventually acquire the support of around 20 or so professionals to ensure we don’t encounter any geographic issues.
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