We are so grateful to have so many super people who donate their time, energy and expertise to support The Academy.
I started volunteering as a coach at Spartans Football Academy almost 11 years ago in June 2011, the night my daughter Jenn joined as a wee 7-year-old. We came along to Spartans as my neighbours recommended them as that's where their daughter Ronaigh started playing (she is now in the Women’s first team!). I was given a coach’s t-shirt, sweatshirt and three girls to go with Jenn and we made up an U9s team. I did my SFA coaching badges and took the teams I coached to festivals and games throughout the years from U9s through to U15s. That night in June 2011 was the start of something very special at Spartans for me.
Last year I decided to take my coaching further and started an honours degree at Napier University in Football Coaching, Performance and Development. I’ve completed my first year of four, and I’m having the time of my life. I suddenly knew where I wanted to be for my placement. After a lovely chat with Debbi McCulloch, I’ve been gaining valuable experience helping with the women’s first team. Everyone has made me feel so welcome, and I’m so grateful for this opportunity. I also play football at The Academy on a Thursday night with the women's only Still Kicking group. It's great fun and has improved my mental health and skills immensely. Robyn is a great coach and is always there for us. I have a mean right foot and can score a few goals!
I love coming to The Academy and I get the feeling of belonging and familiarity as soon as I walk in the gates. Everyone at Spartans will always hold a special place in my heart. It’s an amazing place to be part of.
"Hazel is part of the Spartan's family on so many levels - from a mother who brought her daughter to play, through to a coach, and even a participant in Still Kicking. That's what we're all about, and it's great to have her on the team."
Volunteers are at the heart of The Spartans Community Football Academy. Their time, commitment and skills ensure that we can operate our facility, deliver our programmes and make a difference to the lives of young people in North Edinburgh.