New Youth Work Space Arrival

Tuesday 29 September 2015

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.

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A ‘Lloyds’ Lick of Paint

Friday 25 September 2015

The Academy welcomed a team of volunteers from Lloyds Banking Group today, as part of their volunteering in the community scheme.

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.

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Syrian Refugee Appeal

Thursday 10 September 2015

As of the 10th of September we will be holding a clothes bank to help support TRIM’s Syrian refugee appeal. We will be asking for donations of any warm clothes, wellies, outdoor boots and any toiletries you may have to be dropped into the Academy Office. TRIM have stressed that any donations of sleeping bags or blankets would also be very helpful.
No donation is too big or too small. All donations will be shipped out to Lebanon on the 23rd of August so please if you can donate anything, it would go a huge way to helping thousands of families with young kids survive during this hard time. Thank you.

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Charity Dinner Delight

Friday 4 September 2015

The Academy would like to thank everyone who attended and supported the Academy at our annual charity dinner last night.  Jason Byrne and Alan Hansen provided the headline 1st class entertainment, whilst Richard Gordon and Andy Nicol performed their ‘regular roles’ to great effect as ever.

Thanks to the efforts of everyone present, the Academy raised an incredible £165k, to be used to deliver a wide range of various programmes for the benefit of our local community.

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Countdown to Charity Dinner 2015

Tuesday 1 September 2015

The countdown is well and truly on to our annual Charity Dinner, which takes place on Thursday 3rd September at the Prestonfield House Hotel.  This year’s after dinner speaker guest is Alan Hansen.  To view this years charity dinner brochure, please click on the link below.

Charity Dinner Brochure 2015

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Spontaneous Scotland Captain

Thursday 27 August 2015

Scotland captain Scott Brown paid a surprise and spontaneous visit to our BME FooTEA youth work provision today…making today’s session all the more special for those who came along.  A huge thanks to Scott for making time for everyone at the Academy today.

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BBC Radio Today Programme

Simon Jack (BBC Today Programme) and Nigel Kershaw OBE (Big Issue Invest) popped by the Academy to record an interview with our CEO Douglas Samuel today, to be aired on the ‘Friday Boss’ slot as part of a wider interview with Nigel.

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‘Positively Diverse’ Conference

The Academy is delighted to be hosting and taking part in a 1 day ‘Positively Diverse’ conference on 1st October.  The event has been arranged by the Forth Neighbourhood Partnership along with Living in Harmony, to discuss and review how to implement positive practices that include BME residents.

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New Youth Work Space – Works Underway

Tuesday 18 August 2015

Works got underway on Monday 17/8 to remove the large mound area located next to our 5 a side.  The space is being cleared to enable us to create a dedicated youth work space, which will enable us to do even more for young people in North Edinburgh.

Our thanks go to the Walter Scott Foundation for their significant donation towards the front end costs of creating the new space, also to Miller Homes & Cala Home for dealing with phase 1 of the works required.

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Community Programmes return…the final countdown!

Wednesday 12 August 2015

With the summer holidays coming to an end for most, we are busier than ever here at The Spartans Community Football Academy preparing for the restart of our community programmes.
Our Wednesday Afterschool Club returns on 19th August whilst SatSun Soccer kicks off on the 22nd & 23rd August respectively. The block of sessions will run for 8 weeks taking us up to the October holidays.
We still have a handful of spaces available on both courses but we would advise you to book up soon to avoid disappointment. For further information or to register on any of our programmes please contact us on 0131 552 7854 or e-mail We hope you enjoy the remainder of your summer holidays!

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