‘Making Magic Memories’ with the Tartan Army

Wednesday 19 November 2014

Our latest ‘Making Magic Memories’ experience took place on Tuesday night when the Academy took a mini-bus full of young people to Celtic Park, to enjoy the Scotland vs. England friendly match.

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YW Based in Granton PS


The latest primary school to become part of our youth worker based in primary school project is Granton PS.  This week Stewart Stout spent 1 full day based in the school, working with and supporting the staff team.  This follows on the back of Kenny working in Pirniehall PS and Amy working in Craigroyston PS.

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‘The All Blacks’ at the Double

Friday 14 November 2014

Following their training session at the Academy on Monday pm, the All Blacks returned to the Academy today for their final training session – Ritchie McCaw captain run through - in preparation for their match vs. Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday.  Once again, it was a real joy and pleasure hosting one of the leading elite sports Teams in the world.

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Guernsey Sport Commission Visit


Earlier this week, Academy CEO Douglas Samuel spent 2 days with the Guernsey Sport Commission, meeting various people from different sectors, to discuss and hear about how Carol Dweck Growth mindset research is being used to change the mindset across the island, in schools, in sport and all walks of life.

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Iain Rodier Award – Volunteer of the Year 2014

Monday 3 November 2014

On Saturday past, Lewis Garrity was presented with the Iain Rodier Award for 2014.  The Award is presented to our young volunteer of the year, in recognition of their efforts / contribution to the Academy.

Lewis has been volunteering at the Academy now for a number of years, supporting various programmes – e.g. Friday FooTEA, Making Magic Memories - also helping out with FMA shifts / duties in the evenings.

Lewis follows in the footsteps of Brendan Muir (2012) and Sarah Shaw (2013).

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Wednesday After School Club Returns

Thursday 30 October 2014

With all October school holidays finished, our Wednesday After School Club is back in full swing with 50+ kids signed up for the final block of the year. We’ve also increased our coaching team to 7 to give the players the maximum opportunity to develop and have fun.

There are very limited spaces remaining on the 8-10 year old group; anyone interested should contact nicolasturrock@spartanscfa.com

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Crags ‘Young Leaders Programme’

Wednesday 29 October 2014

The Academy hosted a benchmarking visit from participants on the new Crags Community Sports Centre ‘Young Leaders Programme’, being delivered by Maasai Camel, on Tuesday afternoon (see http://cragssports.com/calling-young-leaders/ )

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Edinburgh University ‘MOCC’


SCFA is delighted to be a part of Edinburgh University ‘Massive Open On-Line Course’ – Football, More than a Game.  The Academy is used as a case study (in week 2) exploring the social impact of a Community Club.

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SatSun Returns

Monday 27 October 2014

Our signature programme, SatSun Soccer, returned at the weekend with 279 players signed up for the final block of 2014. Many braved the cold and can look forward to practicing and improving motor skills, dribbling, passing, shooting and team work, among many other things!

There are a handful of spaces available in certain age groups. For more information call 0131 552 7854 or contact nicolasturrock@spartanscfa.com

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Benchmarking visit to Everton FC ‘Free School’

Friday 24 October 2014

On Wednesday this week Chief Executive Douglas Samuel, along with Academy Director John McCabe, travelled to Liverpool to visit Everton FC ‘free school’.  The benchmarking study visit was arranged to coincide with the launch of our new ‘Spartans Academy’ alternative school this week (for high school aged students from North Edinburgh).  It was a great opportunity to share ideas, methods and discuss future plans with a school which is already well established and delivering positive outcomes for it’s students.

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