Congratulations to Academy volunteer Aaron McGregor who has been awarded the Diana Award for the Champion Volunteer category. This is the third time an Academy volunteer has won this prestigious award as Aaron follows in the footsteps of previous winners Kyle Patterson and Lewis Garrity. From everyone at the Academy well done Aaron and we are so proud of the journey you have undertaken.
A huge ‘well done’ and congratulations to Academy and Spartans FC Chairman – Craig Graham (pictured left) – who was presented with the ‘Contribution to Sport’ award at the Radio Forth Awards 2015.
Craig volunteers a huge amount of his time to the ‘Spartans Family’, is the driving force and architect behind Spartans becoming a community based Club which is respected and admired throughout the country.
A group of volunteers from Mazars LLP – Edinburgh Branch – spent the day volunteering at the Academy today, re-painting 4 x Dressing Rooms. SCFA would like to say a huge thanks to Laura Clarkson (far right) and members of her Team.
Scotland Internationalist Jo Love & former Spartans SWPL player Hayley Lauder kindly took some time last Sunday, after winning the SWF Scottish Cup Final, to donate seven pairs of Adidas football boots to the SCFA Boot Bank. The boots will be used by young people who attend our free football provision Street Football in a Safe Place. From everyone at The Academy, a massive thank you to Jo and Hayley.
This Sunday The Academy plays host the SWF Scottish Cup Final between Glasgow City and Hibernian Ladies. This much anticipated match will kick off at 2pm with entry prices of £5 for Adults and £2 for Concessions (pay at the gate). The game is to be televised live by BBC Alba, a first in SCFA’s history. If you plan on attending then please use the surrounding area for car parking facilities as our own car park is for VIP’s only and Ainslie Park Leisure Centre car park will be very busy.
SCFA Youth Worker Kenny took 14 young people through to play Partick Thistle Community Trust young people in an 11 a side match on Saturday at Firhill Complex. After the match the team were provided with food before watching the SPL fixture between Partick Thistle and Hearts.
The Academy took 13 x young people, all of them members of our Friday FooTEA youth work club, to Deep Sea World today as part of our October ‘MMM’ Programme.
Last night our Youth Workers Kenny and Jamie travelled west with 13 young people to support Scotland in their Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland at Hampden Park. The young people were treated to a thrilling 90 minutes of football which saw the final result ending in a 2-2 draw.
Today we took delivery of six portacabins which will house a new youth work space for local children who attend our weekly community programmes here at the Academy. This exciting development within our project will allow us to provide a dedicated youth work space and increase our social impact provisions.
The Team from Scottish Widows spent their day re-painting a large part of our facility, completing their ‘DSMAD’ (day to make a difference) challenge with flying colours.