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The upcoming divisions for the South East Region YFL have been announced with teams from across the age groups preparing for the new season.
The league tables for the under-13 and under-14 leagues are as follows:
Under-13s 2015/16 Division 1
Bonnyrigg Rose FC
Edinburgh City Blacks
Hutchison Vale FC
Leith Athletic FC
Longniddry Villa FC
Musselburgh Windsor
Salvesen CFC Reds
Spartans FC Reds
Tynecastle FC
Under-13s 2015/16 Division 2
AC Oxgangs Blacks
Edina Hibs CFC
Gala Fairydean Rovers
Leith Athletic Colts
Lothian Colts FC
Musselburgh Windsor Colts
Musselburgh Young Stars
Peebles FC
Penicuik Athletic YFC
Redhall Star YFC
Spartans FC
St Bernards BC
Under-13s 2015/16 Division 3
AC Oxgangs Blues
Arniston Rangers
Cramond FC
Currie FC
Dunbar United Colts
Edinburgh City
Edinburgh City Jaguars
Edinburgh South FC
Kirkliston South Queensferry
Lochend YFC
Musselburgh Young Stars Blues
North Berwick Colts
North Merchiston FC
Salvesen CFC
Spartans FC Whites
Tranent FC Colts 
Under-14s 2015/16 Division 1
Bonnyrigg Rose Colts
Edina Hibs CFC
Gala Fairydean Rovers
Hutchison Vale FC
Hutchison Vale Colts
Musselburgh Athletic
Spartans FC
Tynecastle FC
Tynecastle FC Colts
Whitburn FCA Thistle 
Under-14s 2015/16 Division 2
AC Oxgangs
Bonnyrigg Rose FC
Bonnyrigg Rose Pumas
Cavalry Park
Currie Star FC
Dunbar United Colts
Edinburgh City
Edinburgh City Reds
Edinburgh South FC
Gala Fairydean Colts
Musselburgh Whites
North Berwick Colts
Peebles FC
Penicuik Athletic YFC
Spartans FC Colts
Tranent Colts FC 
Under-14s 2015/16 Division 3
Blackhall Athletic
Bonnyrigg Rose Reds
Craigroyston BC
Currie Star FC
White Earlston Rhymers
Edina Hibs CFC Greens
Edina Hibs FC Whites
Edinburgh South Colts
Fernieside FC
Haddington Athletic
Leith Athletic Colts
Musselburgh Young Stars
North Merchiston FC
Salvesen CFC
Seton CFC
Spartans FC 2002 
For full details, visit the SERYFA website.
Monday, 27 July 2015 11:42

Easthouses 2001s aiming for consistency

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Consistency can be very hard to find in football. Certainly, managers at the top level are often heard bemoaning their sides’ lack it. So there is no shame in a youth team finding themselves in the same position.

Easthouses’ 2001s manager, John McCarry, prefers to use his team’s form in the second half of last season as evidence that they are capable of mounting a title challenge in the South East Region Division 2. Despite an impressive end to the campaign, the Midlothian men finished in mid-table. A little more consistency, and McCarry’s ambitions may be realised.

He said: "Although we finished mid-table we had a very strong second half of the season. The lads applied themselves and adapted to a new formation very well, improving every week. In particular, the passing and movement of the team was, at times, a joy to behold.

"The high point of last season was beating the league winners. There was no real low point other than ending the season with a defeat. For various reasons, we were missing a few lads."

While he believes his team is capable of lifting the league trophy, he also takes a pragmatic view about the targets for the season. At youth level, the most important thing is always player development.

"Our results in the second part of last season would suggest that we can compete for the title.  Winning it is our goal but as long as we continue to improve the team as a whole and the players as individuals we will be happy. We would also hope to be involved in the latter stages of the cups come the end of the season and hopefully win one," McCarry said.

Whilst tipping his men to be challengers, he also named Gala Fairydean Rovers, AC Oxgangs and Kirkliston South Queensferry as teams he expected to be in amongst it.

McCarry continued: “The overall standard in the league is very good and in my opinion all the teams are capable of beating each other. I would not rule any club out of the running.”

In modern football, much is made of the importance of the fitness of players and sports science is now heavily used. The Houses gaffer revealed that there has been a professional approach adopted by many of his players. They returned for pre-season in good shape, with several of them having trained during the close season, resisting the temptation to switch off. The plan now is to arrange six pre-season friendlies, as well as taking part in the Glasgow City Cup.

Easthouses have added to their squad from last season. The manager revealed: "We have re-signed the majority of last season’s pool and added a couple of players, giving us what we feel is a strong squad.  You can never rule out adding a player if he becomes available but we feel all of our current pool can contribute to what we are confident will be a good season."

They will be hoping a beefed up squad can help them perform for the full season.

Whitburn Thistle soared to the top of the West Lothian A League, with only one loss the entire season. Club secretary, Anne Gourlay, spoke to Youth Football Scotland to reflect on the success of their season.

"The team have had a very successful first year at 11-a-side," Gourlay said. "Winning the West Lothian A league, only losing one game, and making it a Cup Double by winning the Jim Brady League Cup."

"Unfortunately the Treble wasn’t to be, losing out in the County Cup final but the boys have all enjoyed their first year at competitive football, and have always played with a smile on their faces. All the boys have had such a great season."

Gourlay reflected on some of the difficulties that the team had to overcome. He said: "After losing our only league game back in September, the boys did fantastic to then record two straight away game wins over our league rivals. Having to play each team three times in the league was always going to be hard as someone was going to get two home games out of three."

However she singled out one game as being decisive in their victory of the league: "The game which decided the league was a 1-0 victory in our rivals’ back yard. The boys played a strong game from back to front and our keeper was never troubled."

Yet lessons have been learned throughout the season and that has helped build Whitburn Thistle's success.

"Success is not a God given right. It’s down to hard work, determination, team morale and, most of all, willingness to learn and develop, win or lose," Gourlay said.

A new challenge awaits for Whitburn Thistle who are moving to a new league next season.

"We are moving to the Edinburgh league. It’s been great in West Lothian but we feel the boys will thrive more in a very competitive league,” Gourlay said.

"Hopefully we can enjoy a Scottish Cup run but with so many quality teams out there, that’s always going to be difficult."

Congratulations to Whitburn Thistle under-13 West Lothian A League champions, 2014/15!

In the ever-adapting game of football, there always needs to be a plan. An idea which separates you from the others and keeps you at the front of the chasing pack. Whether it be through nutritional methods, unique yoga exercises or revolutionary training practices, clubs are always looking for the extra advantage.

Edinburgh City FC is well and truly a club that aims to change the game. With the guidance of sports science expert, Rob Hart, the capital club are one of very few lower-league sides taking this risky but potentially rewarding approach.

"During my time studying Sport and Exercise Science at Edinburgh Napier University, I came across academic research, and in this case Sport Science research that has led to many discoveries on best practises when it comes to developing athletes and coaches based on their needs through sport & healthy lifestyles," Hart told Youth Football Scotland.

"It is important to understand these physiological and psychological principles together with the correlation between sport and healthy living.

"There is certainly a need for further support, through sport science programmes at clubs like Edinburgh City FC for their participants, coaches and parents on nurturing healthy lifestyles."

Hart’s career at Edinburgh City began when he coached the club’s 2005 group. It was during that period when he decided that a different approach to the game was required. Since then, Hart has been planning and developing the programmes to be put into practice with youth sides, one of them being the under-20s Lowland Development league team, who he also happens to be manager of.

City’s sports science will reap great rewards for coaches and players alike. With the sessions containing enjoyable, unique and educating methods of training. The players will see their self-esteem soar and their style of play develop into a free-flowing and enterprising standard. 

Not only will they play well, but they will feel good, as chances of strains will be minimilised and recovery times reduced, thanks to a structured dieting plan, which in turn will lead to a healthy lifestyle.

Coaches should not feel left out, as they will collaborate with Edinburgh Napier University students, sharing their knowledge, ideas and experience in order to improve one another. 

So what does the promising future hold in store for Edinburgh City FC, it’s players and coaches?

"All players at Edinburgh City FC will have the opportunity to develop in a player centred pathway, built on the needs and demands of those individuals. This will allow them to develop both physically and psychologically through football," Hart said. 

"It is also our aim to develop our coaching environment as this will improve knowledge and understanding of best practices, in turn improving everyone’s experiences. We also aim to create better coaching standards, improve players’ health and fitness levels and create well-rounded footballers within the club.

"This in itself will encourage all at the club to continue their participation from fun fours, soccer sevens and 11-a-side to the first team."

It appears that the club from Meadowbank are on the verge of something special, and not by chance, but by taking this unique approach and setting themselves aside from the others.

Livingston FCBC under-16s are looking forward to their second season in the South East Region YFL and are hoping to build on their mid-table finish last season.

"Last season was the team`s first playing in Edinburgh. We were welcomed into the league by all and found the standard and set up to be first class," manager Stephen Jamieson told Youth Football Scotland.

"We finished mid table in a highly competitive league and the season high was making it to the League Cup final, where we were defeated by the league winners."

When it is put like that, you would, without doubt, be adamant that Livi enjoyed a season which they can forever be proud of. Jamieson told us that there was “no real negatives” from the season. 

In terms of next year’s targets, the part secretary-part manage rplaced his players as his first priority.

"Our aims this season are firstly to ensure the team enjoys their football, week in and week out," he said.

"We will also be targeting a higher finish, if we can, in the league table. It would also be good if we could have a run once again in a cup competition."

A number of teams impressed Livingston FCBC last season, and it would take a bold man to predict the outcome of the league this season.

"We had some very good games last season and every game was competitive so it’s hard to pick out a rival as all the games were so close," Jamieson said.

"The results throughout the season showed that on their day, everyone could beat each other."

It is an action-packed pre-season schedule for Livi, with the Broxburn Tournament on the horizon.

"We had a six week break and started back on 7th July and have had five sessions so far, the emphasis being getting the boys playing football again, we have done plenty of ball-work mixed with fitness exercises," Jamieson said.

"We are travelling to Irvine to play Dreghorn FC and also have two or three friendlies lined up, as well as competing in the Broxburn tournament in early August."

Jamieson will need to rebuild his squad in time for next season, after losing five of his players already.

"This meant we had to strengthen and so far we have brought in two players, a goalkeeper and an attacking player, with a view to bringing one or possibly two more," he said.

Best of luck to Livingston Boys Club under 16s for the season ahead!

It takes a lot of talent, dedication and perseverance to win a league title, as well as reaching two cup finals, Tranent Colts 2002s justified their qualities last season, doing all of those previously mentioned. 

The man behind the success at the East Lothian club’s boardroom, Phil Purves, is aiming for a repeat of their success this time around.

"This season will be the same as last. We will be looking to win the league again this year," he told Youth Football Scotland.

"If we can keep a consistent team then there is no reason why we should not compete at the top end."

Tranent recently enjoyed an extremely successful campaign, dropping three points only once on their way to the Division Three league title, reaching two cup finals along the way. However, The Colts only celebrated lifting the trophy in one of them. 

The chairman thinks his club will not have it so easy in the coming season however, with some tough challenges posed from other outfits in Division Two.

"There are a few good teams in this league. Bonnyrigg Rose will compete, as will Dunbar, but I think Gala may spring a few surprises," Purves said.

The transfer merry-go-round which is so apparent in professional can sometimes even be found in the youth game, with a number of Tranent players departing this summer.

"We haven’t made any key signings yet, although we have lost a few players from last year," Purves said. "I am still looking for a star player to replace our big striker from last year, who has now signed a pro youth contract with Heart of Midlothian."

In a pre-season of apparent uncertainty, one thing is for sure; Tranent Colts’ class of 2002 will no doubt fancy their chances of accomplishing back-to-back promotions, as well as adding a few cups to their ever-expanding trophy cabinet at the same time.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 13:59

Bonnyrigg Rose Pumas aim for Division Two progress

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Bonnyrigg Rose Pumas 2002s are hoping to push on next season, as they aim to consolidate their position in the South East Region YFL Division Two, a league which they initially found challenging to adjust to last season.

Speaking to Youth Football Scotland, the man at the helm of the Midlothian side, John Sime, discussed the difficulty in which they found adjusting to division two last season. He said: "We had a tough start at 11-a-sides, and maybe Division Two was a league too high."

"We did however win seven games and lost another six or seven by just the odd goal, so by the end of the season we were not actually that far away."

There is an obvious difficulty in balancing two of the key factors in grassroots football, development and results, but Bonnyrigg paired the two well last season.

"We tried to balance results and points with continuing to give all the boys sufficient game time.  Our general feeling is that football development goes out the window for many teams in favour of winning games to get points," Sime said.

"We have strengthened our squad during the close season and hope to improve our league position in the coming season."

The Rose have been efficient in recruiting reinforcements for the coming season, with four new players already signing up for next season. Sime says that he "looks forward to seeing how they do."

He is very aware of the challenges that lay ahead of his side in the coming campaign.

"Division Two will be very competitive this coming season with three or four teams having gone up to Division One, as well as some really good teams coming up from the third division," Sime said.

"We had an awful time in most of the cups [last season], losing three on penalty shoot outs, so we need to practice penalties for sure!"

As for Bonnyrigg's final aims for next season, building on the progress of last season is the key for them. Sime said: "We are not setting our sights too high, but it would be good to get up to mid-table this coming season."

Good luck to Bonnyrigg Rose Pumas, competing in the under-14 SERYFL Division Two next season.

Yesterday saw the announcement of the 12 teams that will compete in next season’s Scottish Lowland Development League.

One new aspect which stands out is the increase in number of sides featuring in the division, with last year pitting eight teams against each other.  Also, the division is now under the ownership of the Lowland League, rather than the East of Scotland League, who have been in control for recent years, which will now provide a direct player pathway into the senior Lowland League.

A collection of sides will be new to this division, such as Preston Athletic and BSC Glasgow, whereas Development League regulars Edinburgh City, whose senior team won the Lowland League itself last year, and Edinburgh University take their spot in the division once again. 

Another side that will compete in the league this season is the EduSport Academy, who carry a unique football story with them. The club and academy, based around Glasgow, were created in 2011 with the intention of producing and developing French prospects in the climate of Scottish Football, offering a completely different experience from back home. They also aim to mould French players into the English language and Scottish culture, positively developing them as people as well as athletes. 

They will also be joined by new boys, Cumbernauld Colts and Civil Service Strollers.

"We are delighted that we have so many teams interested in playing in the League," league secretary Gary McLelland told the Lowland League website.

"This is a great opportunity for the clubs taking part to compete at a very high standard and I am sure fans will enjoy watching the football on offer."

The campaign will commence on Friday the 28th August, which promises to be the beginning of an exciting year. 


The 12 Lowland Development  League teams are:

BSC Glasgow
Civil Service Strollers
Cumbernauld Colts
East Kilbride
Edinburgh City
Edinburgh University
EduSport Academy
Heriot-Watt University
Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale
Preston Athletic
Whitehill Welfare

For a Gothia Cup Section A round-up, click here

The final stages of the Gothia Cup took place at the weekend with four Scottish clubs in action. Three teams from Tynecastle qualified for the A section, with Currie Star under-14s first XI joining them. 

Currie Star under-14s second XI, three teams from Boroughmuir Thistle and Linlithgow Rose 15s all competed in the B section over the weekend. Hazlehead Academy under-14s were knocked out of the A section on Wednesday by AS Mexico.

In Section B, Boroughmuir Thistle 12s were Scotland’s success story and were in the hunt to lift the trophy. After defeating Sweden’s IK Zenith 5-3 on penalties, they met Borgeby FK in the semi-final but the Swedish team were a cut above Boroughmuir on the day and progressed to the final. 

The 12s second XI lost to Denmark’s IK Aars in the round of 16 and the 13s were defeated 3-0 by Sweden’s Savedalens IF. Boroughmuir 14s were also knocked out in the round of 16 after a 1-0 defeat to Sweden’s Tyreso FF. They had beaten Landvetter IF 3-2 earlier in the day.

Currie Star had two under-13s team and their under-14s second XI competing. The under-14s progressed to the round of 16 with a 1-0 victory over Georgia’s Vake-WIT. The round of 32 was where the competition ended for both under-13 teams, with the first XI losing 2-1 to Bulgaria’s Marek 2010 and the second XI coming a cropper against Germany’s SuS Kaiserau. 

The under-14s battled on in the round of 16, but met tough opposition in the International School of Kenya, and were knocked out after a 4-1 loss. 

Linlithgow Rose 15s saw off Sunderby SK 1-0 in the round of 32, but were knocked out by Henans IF after a penalty shootout in the last 16.

Full Gothia Cup Section B Winners:

Boys under-11s: Siam Youth FC (Thailand)
Boys under-12s: BK Olympic Vit (Sweden)
Boys under-13s: JK Tabasalu (Estonia)
Boys under-14s: Lillestrom SK (Norway)
Boys under-15s: Lorenskog IF (Norway)
Boys under-16s: IFK Goteborg (Sweden)
Boys under-17s: Djurgardens IF (Sweden)
Boys under-18s: Vake-WIT (Georgia)
Girls 12s: FC Connecticut (USA)
Girls 13s: Onsala BK (Sweden)
Girls 14s: IFK Umea (Sweden)
Girls 15s: Spjutstorps IF (Sweden)
Girls 16s: IK Grand Bodo (Norway)
Girls 17s: Chelsea FC (England)
Girls 18s: FC Connecticut (USA)

For a Gothia Cup Section B round-up, click here

The final stages of the Gothia Cup took place at the weekend with four Scottish clubs in action. Three teams from Tynecastle qualified for the A section, with Currie Star under-14s first XI joining them. 

Currie Star under-14s second XI, three teams from Boroughmuir Thistle and Linlithgow Rose 15s all competed in the B section over the weekend. Hazlehead Academy under-14s were knocked out of the A section on Wednesday by AS Mexico.

In section A, two Tynecastle teams progressed to the round of 16, with their under-13s despatching Norway’s FK Lillehammer 2-0, and the under-15s beating Sweden’s Tolo IF 4-1.

The under-14s were unable to make it three out of three for Tynie, as they met the scourge of Scotland, AS Mexico. It went all the way to penalties, but the Mexican team came out as 7-6 winners.

Currie Star under-14s first XI also qualified for the A section but lost out to Sweden’s FC Jarfalla.

Scotland’s representation in the A section ended in the round of 16. Tynie under-13s lost out by a single goal to Portugal’s Academica de Santarem, and the under-15s lost a penalty shootout to Norway’s Sk Sprint-Jeloy.

Full Gothia Cup Section A winners:

Boys under-11s: IF FF Hammarby (Sweden)
Boys under-12s: Lizzy Football Club (Ghana)
Boys under-13s: Malmo FF (Sweden)
Boys under-14s: Dallas Texans (USA)
Boys under-15s: CD Inter Vista Alegre (Spain)
Boys under-16s: Tokyo Verdy (Japan)
Boys under-17s: Right to Dream (Ghana)
Boys under-18s: BK Hacken (Sweden)
Girls 12s: Hainan Qiongzhong (China)
Girls 13s: JyPK 02 United (Finland)
Girls 14s: KFV Segeberg (Germany)
Girls 15s: IFK Vasteras FK (Sweden)
Girls 16s: LB07 (Sweden)
Girls 17s: FC Rosengard (Sweden)
Girls 18s: LSK Kvinner FK (Norway)