This week our Young Peoples Committee, supported by the Postcode Lottery, visited Newcastle. During the three day residential trip our committee members visited the home of Newcastle United Football Club St. James Park, Hexham Youth Club and participated in several group workshops.
The past two Tuesdays have seen us deliver an afternoon of mini kickers sessions in West Pilton Neighbourhood Centre. A total of 36 young people ,ageing from Primary 1 to 7, have attended over the past two weeks with everyone participating in fun drills and small sided games.
As part of our Easter Holiday Programme we welcomed 15 young people to the Academy on Monday afternoon from Partick Thistle’s Community Trust where participants from our Friday FooTEA Club played in a challenge match between the two organisations. Partick Thistle star and former SCFA volunteer James Craigen was on hand to referee the match and hand out medals post match. Well done to everyone involved.
Today we took a group of 8 Young people on one of our Making Magic Memories trips as part of our Easter Holidays Programme. Our chosen venue for this trip was Edinburgh’s Dungeons. The dungeons bring together an amazing cast of theatrical actors, special effects, stages, scenes and rides in a truly unique and exciting walk through experience.
After we finished in the dungeons the group visited Jimmy Chungs for an all you can eat buffet.
Yesterday saw SCFA donate a staggering 458 Easter eggs to The Trussell Trust. The generosity of everyone who donated eggs resulted in us smashing our original target of 300 eggs. The eggs will be distributed to local food banks and to the Edinburgh Sick Kids Hospital. A massive thank you to everyone who donated to our appeal.
Over the past week, as part of our Making Magic Memories programme, the Academy has taken 20 young people to Hampden to enjoy the Scotland matches vs. Northern Ireland and Gibralter.
As part of the experience, the group took part in a small sided games tournament at a local venue near to Old Trafford.
The group was made up of School of Football participants, YP Committee Members and Academy Ambassadors.
Following on from the success of our recent Xmas Food Bank appeal, also last years Easter Egg appeal, the Academy is collecting and donating Easter Eggs again this year, which will be donated to local community groups and organisations, including primary schools. Any donations can be dropped off at the main Academy office with immediate effect. Thank you in advance for support for this appeal.
The Festival is being organised and managed by Age Scotland. With Teams from all over Scotland scheduled to take part, it promises to be a great event.
The Academy stadium synthetic pitch has recently been awarded it’s ‘FIFA 2 star certificate’ for the 3rd consecutive year. Each of our synthetic pitches are brushed a minimum of twice per week, to ensure the best possible playing experience for our customers.