Work Experience Placement

Monday 15 September 2014

The Academy is hosting a 1 week work experience placement this week for Bradley Steele, a Drummond High School pupil. Bradley will spend time shadowing our team members and helping out around the delivery of a range of community programmes; in addition to helping out with regular maintenance related duties on site.

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BME Hopscotch Residential

The Academy is taking 9 x young people from our BME FooTEA youth work provision away this week to take part in a Hopscotch residential experience. The residential is being led by youth work manager Kenny Cameron, supported by Kyle Paterson (who is on a JET programme placement with us) and Jen Malone from the SFA.

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Granton PS Football Team

Thursday 11 September 2014

Granton Primary School football team (for players aged p6/7) coaching sessions started back this month on 3/9/14.  With 22 young people signed up to take part, it promises to be a fantastic season.  The team will be coached, led and encouraged each week by Stewart Stout, one of our Youth & Community Development Workers.

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Bonjour Edusport Academy

Wednesday 3 September 2014

The Academy began hosting football sessions this week for Edusport Academy which is a residential football academy based in Scotland, for young French footballers. The 34 week program offers talented footballers from France the opportunity to combine high-level football development with English language tuition whilst giving players valuable visibility and exposure to professional football clubs in Scotland and in England. Players will being using of first class facilities here at The Academy on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings.

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Community Programme Update

Thursday 28 August 2014

With summer finally over, our community programmes are now back in full swing.  Our SatSun Soccer programme is as busy as ever with us now at maximum capacity for most age groups.  There is still availability for the following groups: Saturday morning Little Dribblers; Sunday morning Little Dribblers and Sunday morning Junior Soccer School (7-8 year olds only).  Our Wednesday After-School Club also kicked off last week with a record number of sign ups.  Due to the increase in popularity we are now at maximum capacity for this programme for all age groups.  Anyone looking to join either programme starting on the next block (October 2014) can make enquiries about our waiting list by contacting

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The Scottish Training Federation Awards 2014 – short listed

Wednesday 20 August 2014

The Academy has been short listed for an award at the Scottish Training Federation Awards 2014, in the ‘Medium Employer of the Year’ category.

We have been shortlisted in recognition of the success of our 12 week and 6 month ‘Getting Ready for Work’ and ‘Preparing for Work’ training programmes, delivered in partnership with Limelight Careers.

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Legacy 2014: Sustainable Sport for Communities Fund (SSCF)

The Academy played host to a SSCF workshop on Tuesday for strand 1 applicants on Tuesday.  During the workshop – facilitated by SIS, The Robertson Trust and Evaluation Support Scotland – the Academy was used, along with Active Communties as case studies, to provide applicants with an overview of how a sports based social enterprise operates and becomes sustainable.

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SatSun Soccer Kick-Off

Monday 18 August 2014

Our signature coaching programme ‘SatSun Soccer’ kicked off in style once again at the weekend with 230+ players signing up to what we can assure will be a fantastic 8 week block. We are fully booked on a Saturday morning for our Junior Soccer School which is aimed at 5-6 years and also both our Senior Soccer Schools, 7-8 & 9-11 years.

We still have places on our 3-4 year age group on a Saturday and for all age groups on a Sunday 3-8 years.

If you would like to secure your child’s place for the rest of this programme, please contact a member of the academy staff on 0131 552 7854 or via email


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School of Football – 2014/15 Induction

Tuesday 12 August 2014

The ‘School of Football’ (SoF) is a project aimed at developing the social and academic skills of young people during their first 2 years of high school. Spartans Academy FDO Jack Beesley delivers this to young people at Craigroyston Community High School (in partnership with the SFA and CEC).

After 4 trials and a parent/child interview, the successful new S1 group joined the S2 squad for the 2014/15 induction session where they were presented with their new kit for the year and received an overview of the programme from Jack and Kenny, plus Chris Smith from the SFA (who oversees the programme throughout the South East region).

We hope all the boys and girls on the programme enjoy their SoF journey.

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Bend it like Beesley Grand Finale

Friday 8 August 2014

Today saw the end of our Summer “Bend it like Beesley” coaching programme after what has been a fantastic 6 weeks.  This week saw over 30 players complete a fun-filled week of activities and receiving a certificate + gift for their efforts.  Summer 2014 has been one of our most successful summers yet, with 200+ players joining us over the course of the holidays.  It has also been fantastic to see “BILB” graduates signing up for our other commercial programmes which start back in August.  There are still some places available on our programmes and if you would like further information please contact Debbi McCulloch on 0131 552 7854 or e-mail

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