Thanks to the generosity of Rutherford Cross (Finance recruitment specialists) employees and their clients, the Academy donated 60+ Xmas presents to 3 x local primary schools on Thursday, those being Granton PS, Pirniehall PS and Craigroyston PS (the 3 schools where an Academy YW is based one full day a week).
After the success of last year’s inaugural Xmas BILB programme, the programme returns on Saturday & Sunday 20th/21st December, INDOOR at Craigroyston High School. Players shall get the chance to show off their passing, dribbling and shooting, as well as challenging the coaches in the famous ‘Coaches v Kids’ challenge.
The programme runs for ages 5-8 and 9-12, both 11.30am – 1.30pm.
If you would be interested in booking your child onto the programme then please call the Academy on 0131 552 7854.
Yesterday we attempted to help spread the Xmas cheer by donating 9 Xmas trees to the local North Edinburgh Community. 5 Xmas trees went to the Muirhouse Community Shop on Pennywell Rd and 4 to the Prentice Centre on West Granton Rd, as seen here with one of our Academy Ambassadors, Kyle Patterson. Muirhouse Community Shop and the Prentice Centre can now distribute these as they see fit.
We would like to thank everyone who has helped us over the past 6 years, especially all of our volunteers, PMR Leisure and funders who have all played such a key part in our journey.
Thanks also to all of our customers, who have helped our business to develop and grow, resulting in us being able to do more for our local community. The year ahead promises to be another great year with plans in place to create a dedicated youth work space on site, also to recruit a qualified teacher. As ever, we will continue to ‘dream big, dream fierce’.
The Academy will be running 2 separate appeals this Christmas, namely:
* our annual Xmas present appeal for Ashbrook Salvation Army (based on Ferry Road). Items such as clothing and toiletries would be welcome.
* food bank donations in support of local food banks based at Granton Baptist Church and The Prentice Centre. Items such as tinned fruit/veg, pasta sauce, tinned fish and breakfast cereals and bars would be welcome.
Any donations can be dropped off at the main office at The Spartans Community Football Academy, 94 Pilton Drive, Edinburgh. We will arrange for all donations made to be delivered to the local charities we are supporting on Monday 22nd December.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).