Bend it like Beesley – What a Summer!

Thursday 18 August 2016

With the regular provision now returning we reflect on what was a fantastic Summer here at The Academy.

Throughout the Summer, 267 players participated in our Bend it like Beesley programme, including 134 attending our first ever ‘Full-Day’ camps.

Boys and girls aged 3 -12 worked on improving their passing, receiving, dribbling, scoring, and above all else having lots of fun.

We had Community Coach Ambassadors from as far afield as the US, Germany and Spain, as well as past and present Spartans Youth Section players.

A massive thanks to all those who attended, making it a memorable Summer for the coaches, players and parents alike.

Watch this space for more full-day camps in 2017…

We look forward to seeing you again in the future!:)


Bend it like Beesley Team


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School of Football Induction

The S1 School of Football had their induction day with Head coach Jack Beesley on Monday.

Through a series of recruitment days and parental interviews, 14 boys and girls have been selected and will benefit from one period of football each day alongside their other subjects.

The aim of the programme is to use football as the vehicle to keep the participants engaged in school and achieving highly both practically and academically.




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GO GO GO Karting

Thursday 4 August 2016

Yesterday our Youth Workers Kenny Cameron and Kerr Allan took 12 young people to Extreme Karting in Newbridge, Edinburgh. All participants took part in two seven minute laps where everyone competed for the best time. The trip was part of our Making Magic Memoires Summer Programme.

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Trans World Soccer Visit

Thursday 7 July 2016

This week saw The Academy host EST Norcal from America, a trip arranged by Trans World Soccer. The visit included a friendly match against Spartans 2003′s and several training sessions which all took place on our 3G Stadium Pitch.

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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 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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