CEO wins Scottish Entrepreneur of the Year 2016

Tuesday 28 June 2016

Our very own CEO, Douglas Samuel, attended an exclusive event at Gleneagles last Thursday evening. Douglas was nominated for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Scottish Award and successfully won this prestigious award for all his hard work in developing The Academy over the past seven years. Everyone within the Spartans Family would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Douglas for receiving this amazing recognition. Well done!

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Cup Final Fever

Saturday 18 June 2016

In a fixture which was never going to disappoint a strong crowd of over 500 spectators, Hibernian Ladies triumphed over Glasgow City with a 92nd minute goal to win the Scottish Women’s Premier League Cup 2-1 on Wednesday night here at the Academy. The game was a fantastic advert for women’s football in Scotland with both teams playing some very entertaining football. This week will also sees us host the SWFL 1st and 2nd Division League Cup Finals (both 7.30pm kick offs) on Wednesday and Thursday evening respectively.

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SCFA Job Opportunities – Cafe & Facility Duty Manager

Friday 10 June 2016

Two new exciting job opportunities have risen at SCFA with us looking to recruit two new members to our dynamic team. Both vacancies are 18 hours per week and the closing date for all applications is Wednesday 22nd of June at 6pm. All applications, which must include an up to date CV and covering letter, should be sent to debbimcculloch@spartanscfa.com Please click on the links below for the relevant job descriptions SCFA Cafe Duty Manager Job Description SCFA Facility Duty Manager Job Description

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Big Week @ SCFA


This week has seen us host a variety of big events here at the Academy. On Thursday we hosted Pirniehall Primary Schools annual Sports Day with over 300 children participating in a variety of sporting activities. Our annual Girls Football Festival took place on Friday morning with over 100 girls from five local primary schools participating. Next week we look forward to hosting the SWPL League Cup Final between Hibernian Ladies and Glasgow City Ladies (Wednesday 7.30pm KO) and Age Scotland’s annual Walking Football Festival which will see 24 teams from across Scotland participating (Sunday 12 to 8pm).

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Scotland Womens’ Squad Training

Monday 6 June 2016

Last week the Scotland National Womens’ A Squad used the Academy as their training base ahead of their crunch qualifier versus Iceland.

Unfortunately they suffered a disappointing 4-0 defeat but with 1 qualifying group match still remaining we wish them all the best!

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Show Racism the Red Card Workshop


On Tuesday 31st May the Academy hosted a Show Racism the Red Card workshop delivered to 75 local schoolchildren.

The workshop consisted of some fantastic discussion and lots of brilliant information from the SRtRC educators. The day concluded with a select panel including our very own Jack Beesley fielding questions from the pupils.

We at the Academy thank Show Racism the Red Card for using our facility and hope that the kids and adults alike found it educational.

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Darren Dazzles on Big Day

Thursday 26 May 2016

SCFA played host to several seven a-side matches between the Spartans FC Community Connections team and Partick Thistle FC Community Football Club this morning. The event was arranged in honour of ex-Spartans Connections player Darren Phillips and his contribution to the Connections team over the past few years. Well done everyone!

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Spartans Olympics 2016

Wednesday 25 May 2016

Today The Academy hosted over 200 children from several local primary schools for our annual Spartans Olympics. Children from Pirniehall, St Davids, Forthview, Craigroyston and Flora Stevenson Primary Schools participated in and experienced nine different sports including golf, judo, volleyball, tennis and football. Fet-Lor Granton Youth Centre also provided a challenging mountain biking course. The Spartans Olympics provides Primary 7 pupils with the opportunity to prepare for the transition to High School and encourages them to join new sports clubs out with school.

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Tommo Dream’s Big in Dallas

Tuesday 17 May 2016

SCFA Youth Worker, Jamie Tomkinson, is a long way away from North Edinburgh this week as he participates in x13 Olympic & World Championship Gold Medallist Michael Johnson Positive Track initiative for young leaders in Dallas. The programme is a leadership development project which aims to provide young people aged 16-23 years with the skills, resources and opportunities to become leaders through sport.

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Hopscotch Residential 2016

Tuesday 10 May 2016

This week, SCFA is taking twelve young people from local schools away from home to take part in a Hopscotch residential experience. The residential is being led by SCFA Youth Workers Stewart Stout and Amy Henderson, supported by Jason Cross (SCFA Volunteer).

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