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Thursday, 12 July 2018 13:16

Positive experience for all at GoFitba Pollok

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Twelve clubs across the country, all taking part in a scheme with one common goal; educating children about the benefits of sport and nutritious food and the effect it has on their health.

The project was set up by The Scottish Football Partnership Trust and aims to teach the kids football skills as well as giving them nutritional advice and a healthy dinner, post-kick-about. It has travelled the land far and wide, with clubs from Dundee to Kilwinning taking part.

The latest club YFS visited was Pollok United Soccer Academy in Corkerhill. The scheme was coming to the end of its 12-week run, and on-hand to celebrate were the then Minister for Public Health and Sport Aileen Campbell, and Glasgow Pollok MSP Humza Yousaf.

“We’re really pleased to be here at Pollok United Soccer Academy to support the fantastic work that happens through the GoFitba scheme,” Campbell told YFS. “I’ve seen it in its former guise as FooTea and have seen how the kids respond - getting a chance to play the game, getting taught about health and nutrition and also getting the chance to have something nice and healthy to eat at the end.”

“It’s a fantastic, well rounded, holistic project and we’re really pleased to do what we can to lend support and to see so many young people enjoy the game.”

Yousaf, on his local patch, was also keen to sing the praises of the project, which was awarded a 50,000 Euro grant from The UEFA Foundation for Children and also received funding from The Kilpatrick Fraser Charitable Trust.

“This project is wonderful because it gets kids talking about nutrition in a way that doesn’t feel like school, doesn’t feel like they’re getting a lesson,” Yousaf said. “It feels like they’re having a good time. They then note that in their journal, take that home and then they’re influencing their parents about nutrition, nutritious eating and healthy habits.”

The success of the project has helped highlight the child obesity problem Scotland currently has, something which Yousaf touched on.

“We know that Scotland has a child obesity problem, we know that,” he said. “It’s got problems around health and healthy eating, so I’m delighted that this project is using football as that hook. This ticks so many of the Government’s agendas, so many of the Government’s boxes.

“We have serious health issues. We can’t sweep it under the carpet and say: ‘Aw we like an Irn-Bru and a pie, that’s just who we are’. That’s great, enjoy some of that stuff, but we have got some real health issues and we’ve got to start at this age. We’ve got to start with young kids, right from the off. They actually influence the parents, and it has inter-generational affects,” he added.

The scheme has been hugely popular, with Campbell and Yousaf both pointing to football being the catalyst for getting those involved. “Well we know that sport is an incredible hook to get young people involved and engaged with health promotion messages,” Campbell said.

“This is a fantastic example of that - using the hook of football, with local clubs rooted in the communities, helping children that need that wee bit of help and encouragement to eat more healthily and delivering those messages through football,” she continued. “It’s a fantastic example of sport being really innovative and doing what it can to increase the health of the nation.”

Yousaf agreed: “It’s the universal language. three billion people are watching the World Cup right now as we speak, so it is a universal language and it’s great. I’ve seen football being used to get men for example to talk about mental health, something which traditionally they don’t do.”

Wednesday, 20 June 2018 10:42

Top class football in EDC schools

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The East Dunbartonshire Schools football season concluded this month after a series of exciting cup finals at Auchenhowie and Lennoxtown.
 
The U18s Final was a close encounter between Clydebank High and League champions Bearsden Academy. Clydebank took the lead through Lewis Jamieson around the 10 minute mark and although Bearsden applied persistent pressure, hitting the bar and the post, they were unable to find a way past Clydebank ‘keeper George Elliot, who was in superb form. In the end it was a deserved triumph for the Clydebank boys who had worked tirelessly throughout.
 
Meanwhile the EDC Leagues proved extremely competitive with four different schools winning at the various age groups. Special mentions are due to Bishopbriggs U14s and Boclair U15s who both completed league and cup doubles.
 
Steven MacDonald, teacher in charge of senior champions Bearsden, commented:
 
“For a number of years now the U18s competition has been played to a very impressive standard and a lot of the matches could have gone either way. It opens the league up for a number of teams to have a chance of coming out on top.
 
“Our boys have loved their matches in the EDC League, especially those against local rivals where they are friendly with a number of their opponents out with the school environment.
 
“They are delighted to have gained some success and celebrated lifting the trophy at a private presentation night in front of their parents.
 
“A real highlight for us was in the first game when our right winger, Jack Jamison, made a rare start in a central forward position and scored a hat-trick in a 5-3 local derby victory against Boclair.”
 
Fixtures secretary Will Walker added:
 
"This was another great EDC season, with excellent participation levels in both the boys and girls competitions.  We are grateful to our sponsors SpecSavers Kirkintilloch for their invaluable support and also to Rangers and Celtic for hosting our finals."
 
 
Roll of Honour:
 
League Winners:
 
U13 - Boclair Academy
U14 - Bishopbriggs Academy
U15 - Boclair Academy
U16 - Lenzie Academy
U18 - Bearsden Academy
 
Cup Winners:
 
U13 - Douglas Academy
U14 - Bishopbriggs Academy
U15 - Boclair Academy
U16 - Bishopbriggs Academy
U18 - Clydebank HS
 
 
Girls Football:
 
Division A - Bishopbriggs Academy A
 
Division B - Bishopbriggs Academy Blues

The season might be entering its final stages, but spring is just the beginning for a selection of Scotland’s most promising youth players. On 10 April, The Celtic Football Academy travelled to Murcia in Spain on a three-day session in which the stars of tomorrow were put through their paces by a team of top coaches.


More than just ball skills


We all know the pressures that can be part and parcel of playing football at the highest level. Money, adulation and media attention are great in their own way, but can also lead to some high profile falls from grace. For this reason, the event doesn’t just focus on the skills that are needed on the field of play.


For example, footballers and gambling have always gone hand in hand, but today’s gamblers typically prefer to visit a casino online. Of course, there is no harm in a leisurely game of secret slots or similar, but a major part of the Academy event is to help young footballers recognise the signs when a harmless leisure activity can turn into a problem, both for them and those around them.


Developing skills on and off the field


Of course, the main focus is out in the middle, and over the three days, the participants were involved in more than ten hours of drills, mini-games and other exercises, which reflect exactly what goes on in the regular academy.


There were also a series of classroom session and lectures from keynote speakers on what it takes to succeed as a professional footballer in the 21st century.

 


Who was in attendance


The event was aimed at youth players who are just starting to come up through the ranks and could become household names over the coming decade. Open to Scottish footballer born between 2002 and 2007, there was undoubted talent on display, and some top coaches from the Celtic Academy to help them develop their skills.


To the winner the spoils


While the session was open to any qualifying applicant willing to stump up the £325 fee, there was something extra special on offer for those who could demonstrate the skill and attitude to really make it as a professional.


Following extensive feedback and one-on-one sessions with the coaching staff, the best of the best were offered a unique opportunity to spend an entire week with Celtic as part of the Youth Academy. There is no better way to fully understand the life of a professional footballer than to spend a week in that sort of company.


About the Youth Academy


Every professional team understands that it needs to constantly look to its future, and invests in youth development in some shape or form. However, the programme at Celtic is universally accepted as world class. Since the inception of Project Brave, there has been almost as much competition amongst the academies as there is out in the middle between the first teams.


Earlier in the season, Celtic’s academy was awarded elite status by the Scottish FA, meaning it is considered by those who matter to be among the top academies in Scotland. A brief glance through the alumni certainly suggests that the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Current first team stars including Kieran Tierney (pictured, above), James Forrest, Liam Henderson and Callum McGregor are all products of the academy, and there are plenty of current academy players who have had early opportunities for first team glory.


It will be intriguing to see who among those who attended Murcia this year will be the first team stars dominating the back pages in ten years time.


 
 
In this edition of #WhatsYourStory we preview Drumchapel’s 2006 + 2007 age groups, who are both headed to the Blackpool International Trophy with Trans World Soccer.
 
Drumchapel United are a relatively young club, having been founded in the summer of 2001. The club are a huge, volunteer-run organisation with 98 coaches, 23 playing squads and over 400 players registered to our squads.
 
We caught up with the coaches of the two outfits, who will be testing themselves against some great teams from around the continent this weekend, to find out what they are most looking forward to about their trip.
 
‘We are looking forward to testing ourselves against quality opposition, but more importantly spending time as a squad with each other away from football.’
 
A common theme amongst teams travelling with Trans World Soccer this Easter is that they are looking to grow as a squad, and a trip away gives them a perfect platform to do so.
 
Drumchapel have had some serious success off the field in recent years, with the SFA awarding them Legacy Club status, making them just one of five clubs in the West of Scotland region to receive the accolade.
 
Last year the club also won the SFA’s Best Community Club award, becoming the first side in the region to do so.
 
The 06 and 07’s will be hoping to emulate this success on the pitch in Blackpool this weekend.
 
#WHATSYOURSTORY is a campaign to learn more about the teams participating in tournaments with Trans World Soccer throughout 2018. If you, or anyone you know is participating in one of these events please get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.and tell us your story. Alternatively, click here to learn more about the upcoming tournaments in 2018.
 
 
 
Knightswood U9s (left) and U10s (right)
 
This edition of #WhatsYourStory follows Knightswood, who have two groups heading to the Barcelona Easter tournament with Trans World Soccer.
 
We caught up with the club to get an insight into what they are most looking forward to about the trip to Barcelona.
 
Like most of the clubs heading to Spain, they are excited for ‘a new experience for the kids and making memories’, furthermore it is ‘giving the kids new opportunities’.
 
Knightswood have had a successful past few years, with pro youth taking 14 kids from the club and offering them contracts. Their U19’s are Regional Cup winners and their 2008 team have won over 8 trophies in one year.
 
This success has stretched to the international level also, with the U19’s winning a tournament in Holland last year, and the 08’s coming in 4th.
 
The boys will be hoping to sustain this level of success when they land in Barcelona this weekend. 
 
#WHATSYOURSTORY is a campaign to learn more about the teams participating in tournaments with Trans World Soccer throughout 2018. If you, or anyone you know is participating in one of these events please get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.and tell us your story. Alternatively, click here to learn more about the upcoming tournaments in 2018.
 
 
In this edition of #WhatsYourStory we look ahead to Townhead United’s trip to the Blackpool International Trophy this Easter with Trans World Soccer.
 
The Ayrshire outfit join a host of Scottish teams looking to make an impact in Blackpool this weekend, where they will pit their wits against teams from around the continent.
 
Youth Football Scotland caught up with the team coach Robbie Allen to find out a little bit more about the club, and what they are most looking forward to ahead of the tournament.
 
This will be Townhead United’s first tournament outside of Scotland, and Coach Robbie Allen said that ‘the team is looking forward to the challenge of playing lots of different teams and possibly creating links for games in the future’.
 
He also says that they are excited to ‘have a great weekend away and enjoying themselves on and off the pitch.’
 
United currently sit top of the West of Scotland 2004’s league, and coach Robbie Allen says that they ‘hope to push on to win the league and challenge for other cups this season’.
 
The boys will be aiming to make sure the Blackpool International Trophy is the start of this seasons silverware. 
 
#WHATSYOURSTORY is a campaign to learn more about the teams participating in tournaments with Trans World Soccer throughout 2018. If you, or anyone you know is participating in one of these events please get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.and tell us your story. Alternatively, click here to learn more about the upcoming tournaments in 2018.
 
 
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This edition of #WhatsYourStory takes a look at Notre Dame’s journey to the Blackpool International Cup at the end of March.
 
The boys from Glasgow will be looking to make an impact against a host of other Scottish teams, and outfits from around the continent.
 
Youth Football Scotland caught up with the coach Chris McGeouch ahead of their trip down south, to get an behind-the-scenes take on what the team are most looking forward to.
 
‘We want to create an enjoyable and memorable experience for the children’ Chris went on to say. The chance for the boys to get down and test their ability against other groups is an exciting prospect.
 
Chris also believes that ‘this will provide them good memories and hopeful some life skills to draw on later in life’.
 
This is a special tournament for Notre Dame as it is their first tournament outside of Scotland, so they will be hoping to start as they mean to go on – with a win! 
 
1. What tournament are you going to?
 
Blackpool International cup
 
2. What are you most looking forward to?
 
We want to create an enjoyable and memorable experience for the children. This will provide them good memories and hopefully some life skills to draw on later in life. 
 
3. What is something that people may not know about Notre Dame?
 
This will be our first tournament outside of Scotland. 
 
#WHATSYOURSTORY is a campaign to learn more about the teams participating in tournaments with Trans World Soccer throughout 2018. If you, or anyone you know is participating in one of these events please get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.and tell us your story. Alternatively, click here to learn more about the upcoming tournaments in 2018.
 

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In this edition of #WhatsYourStory we look ahead to Hampden Weir 2008’s trip to the Blackpool International Trophy this Easter with Trans World Soccer.


Youth Football Scotland caught up with coach Scott Brisbane ahead the of boys trip down south in Easter, and got a preview of what the team are most looking forward to.


Scott said ‘from the coaches point of view...we look forward to the boys spending time together, bonding and most of all having fun’. The team is run and coached by volunteers, after Hampden Boys Club merged with Weirs Recreation - creating Hampden Weirs RAFC.


Coach Scott expressed his delight as he believes this merger ‘created an exciting pathway for children to move from youth football from Hampden Weir RAFC right through to Amatuer level with Weirs RAFC.’


Another aspect to tournament football that Scott said they are looking forward to in Blackpool is ‘the experience the boys will get playing against teams from Scotland, Wales, England, Ireland and Europe’.


With such variety at the tournament, Scott hopes that ‘the boys will have great memories in years to come from this’.


This is the first of a few tournaments that Hampden Weir 2008’s plan on attending this year, and they will be hoping to get off to a winning start.

 

If you are interested in participating in Easter or Summer tournaments in 2018, click here and register your interest with Trans World Soccer.

 

What tournament are you attending?

 

This year we will be attending the Blackpool International Trophy held at Fleetwood towns training facility at Easter, later on we will no doubt be involved in some of the tournaments we took part in last year, this included the Glasgow City Cup, the Finnart Festival, the Barrhead Tournament and hopefully a few more.

 

What are you most looking forward to?

 

From the coaches point of view the thing we look forward to the most is the boys spending time together, bonding and most of all having fun, we also look forward to the experience the boys will get playing against teams from Scotland, Wales, England, Ireland and Europe, hopefully the boys will have great memories in years to come from time together like this.

 

What is something people may not know about Hampden Weir?

 

 

I don’t think there is much people won’t know about Hampden, were a typical local team coached and run by volunteers, 2 years ago Hampden Boys Club joined up with Weirs Recreation which became Hampden Weirs RAFC, this created an exciting pathway for children to move from youth football as Hampden Weir RAFC right through to Amateur level with Weirs RAFC.

 

#WHATSYOURSTORY is a campaign to learn more about the teams participating in tournaments with Trans World Soccer throughout 2018. If you, or anyone you know is participating in one of these events please get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.and tell us your story. Alternatively, click here to learn more about the upcoming tournaments in 2018.
 
 

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In this edition of #WhatsYourStory we look forward to Hillwood Thistle’s trip to The Blackpool International Trophy with Trans World Soccer.


Youth Football Scotland caught up with Brian, who coaches the 2003’s and he was happy to tell us a little more about the team.


The Blackpool International Trophy is important to Hillwood Thistle for a reason unlike most others, it is the first tournament for the team.


It will be a special trip for the 2003s, who Brian told us ‘were formed out of a group of kids who weren’t getting games at their own club’, so will be looking to leave their mark and get Hillwood Thistle off to a winning start in the tournament.


The team understand that it won’t be easy, but Brian says the boys are ‘looking forward to testing themselves against quality opposition as they are a new team’.


Hillwood Thistle 2003’s will be joining a number of Scottish teams at The Blackpool International Trophy, along with a host of foreign teams, but with it being their first ever tournament together, they ought to have an extra spring in their step.

 

If you are interested in participating in Easter or Summer tournaments in 2018, click here and register your interest with Trans World Soccer.
 
1  What tournament will you be going to?
 
We are going to the Blackpool International Trophy during Easter weekend 2018.
 
2  What are you / the team most looking forward to for the trip?
 
Mostly we are looking forward to testing ourselves against quality opposition as we are a new team
 
3  What is something that people might not know about Stirling Albion? 
 
Hillwood Thistle were formed out of a group of kids who weren’t getting games at their own club
 
#WHATSYOURSTORY is a campaign to learn more about the teams participating in tournaments with Trans World Soccer throughout 2018. If you, or anyone you know is participating in one of these events please get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.and tell us your story. Alternatively, click here to learn more about the upcoming tournaments in 2018.
 
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