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!
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.
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.
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).
With effect from today Rowanfield Primary School will be based across The Spartans Community Football Academy and Royston Wardieburn Community Centre due to the ongoing closure of several primary schools across Edinburgh. SCFA will be providing a temporary home for 14 x young people and 6-8 teachers/support staff between now & the summer holidays. Our Community Coaches have successfully been delivering a football programme on a Friday am at the school for several months. It’s been hugely successful and we look forward to welcoming Rownafield’s staff and pupils to the Academy.
On Tuesday evening our Youth Workers Kenny and Stewart travelled west with 12 young people to support Scotland in a friendly match against Denmark at Hampden Park. The young people were treated to a thrilling 90 minutes of football which saw Scotland record a fantastic 1-0 victory.
Yesterday saw The Academy donate a staggering 350 Easter eggs to The Edinburgh Sick Kids Hospital. As ever, our Easter Egg Appeal saw a fantastic response from our customers at SCFA, players/coaches from Spartans FC, Morrisons on Ferry Road and Hutchison Vale’s Womens Team to name just a few. A massive thank you to everyone who donated to our appeal.
The February holidays saw our first Making Magic Memories trip take place in 2016 to The Ballroom in Meadowbank, Edinburgh. Ten young people took part in playing pool and darts. The next MMM trip will see us take a group of young people to the Scotland vs. Denmark in March.
SCFA Business & Operations Manager Debbi McCulloch recently joined Spartans FC Youth Section Chairperson Les Atkinson and Coach Development Officer Stuart Gray at the SFA South East Region Quality Mark Awards at Easter Road. Spartans were delighted to receive the highest award achievable, The Legacy Award, which is fantastic recognition for everyone involved at Spartans FC and The Academy.
Whilst he was here, Gordon also took time to drop-in to the Community Connections coaching session and take part in an informal Q&A.