SUMMER 2018 EDITION 24 
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Message from the Chairman

Well, another season comes to a close and we look back at what we achieved.  Well done to our 2004 (U14's) year groups both of whom achieved cup success bringing two trophies back to Kingsknowe to the trophy cupboard!  Well done to all players and coaches.

Our first stage application for a move to Campbell Park was successful and the Committee are now working hard to pull a coherent business plan together for stage 2.  There is a lot of work involved and we will be calling on as many skilled parents as possible to offer their services......so please don't be shy!!

There are no teams going away on summer trips this year, which is something we encourage as it provides life time memories for players.  I would hope more year groups look to travelling to Gothia and beyond in 2019.

Finally, many of you will be aware of our player pathway.  When boys finish playing football at U19's for Currie Star they are eligible to play for Heriot Watt University.  We moved 6 players up to HW two years ago and I am absolutely delighted to report those very boys were part of the HW U20 Lowland league side who have just won the league title....a first for HW.  We are proud of what they boys have achieved and hope we can develop more players in the years ahead who will go on and enjoy similar success.

The season is now ending so please enjoy all the players, coaches and parents have a great break and enjoy their summer holidays.  We look forward to seeing everyone when it all starts again in August!!

John Brock

2001 U18's - New division, no problem!

The boys completed their first season in the top division and finished mid table, which was a good achievement. 

We got to two semi finals but just lacked a bit due to the strength of the teams who finished above us.  We now move from 17's to 19's which brings its own challenges as this is the first time boys will play against those who are a year older but it will be good for their development. 

Squad wise, we are down due to players now working or losing interest so we need to augment the squad and ensure we develop this season with a view to moving to Heriot Watt for season 2019 / 20.

2001 Colts U18's - What a memorable year!

Well that’s another season come and gone and we’ve encountered a few highs and lows along the way.  The stats will show that we ended 3rd in the League and reached the Division 2 League Cup Final where we disappointingly lost to a strong Spartans team. 

We started the season strongly going unbeaten until around the Christmas break, where we hit a sticky patch and lost 4 League games on the bounce which in effect put to bed any realistic chances of challenging this campaign.  However, we got back on track and didn’t “slide down the League”, as one opposition coach predicted after they beat us during clearly our worst performance of the season – we rallied together once again for another unbeaten League run until the last game of the season.  At times we have played some excellent passing football and it’s been good to watch.   

The camaraderie in the team has been fantastic and they are a great bunch of boys to coach and be around.  This team spirit was furthered by our Easter trip to Manchester for a tournament.   Results on the pitch were disappointing but the boys enjoyed themselves.  I would encourage all teams to experience trips with the boys where they can –Manchester was our 4th trip and players, coaches and some of the parents have memories which last a lifetime – the boys still recall moments from the 2017 trip to Rimini! 

We’ve also had the opportunity to train with the Heriot Watt team at the Oriam too which was a great experience.  Thanks to Bejay and the players who ran the session.

Our Cup Final appearance was disappointing in terms of the outcome, but we brought the boys together for a meal at a local hotel before the match, had a chat and a bit of a laugh and walked round to the ground together. A standout for me was hearing the boys in the dressing room before the game singing “Stand By Me” in unison which highlights the close bond they have– very proud moment for the coaches. The boys are pictured below pre-game.

                    
We had our end of season fun event going to Volcano Falls Crazy Golf (winners Andrew Treschman and Jamie Slawson) followed by a Nando’s which was enjoyed by all and then handed out our awards at the last training session: 

 2 players also received long service awards – Jamie Slawson for 5 years with Currie Star and Lewis Muego for an incredible 10 years.  Well done to all the winners.  We break up for the summer now, but we hope the boys continue to keep their fitness levels up ahead of starting back some time in July.  We have a World Cup Sweep going with the winner taking all entry money and some are clearly disappointed with the teams they have, but it’s a hard one to call. 

Thanks also must go to the parents, family and friends who support the boys all the way every game – it’s appreciated by the players and coaches.

2002 U16's - Season to learn from

Both the Currie Star FC & Currie Star Colts played in Division 3.  The FC team finished 4th - narrowly missing out on 3rd.  Their season was hampered by injuries but on the whole had a good season.  Losing points in games they should had won cost them in the end.  The Colts finished at the foot of the table but were getting stronger add the season went on.  They were very unlucky not to take anything from their final game of the season.

However both teams enjoyed the season and are ready to again.  The teams had an award ceremony at Swanton golf club.  After playing footgolf the following prizes were awarded.




Special mention to Jack Weir of the FC team who played in 100% of the matches.

2003 U15's - Committed boys

U15s ended the season mid table with 16 players and I am delighted to say that all 16 will be resigning next season and moving up to u16s. This is the first time we have had so many boys keen to stay with squad to think 3 seasons ago we lost 9 boys at the end of the season at 11s.

At the end of the season we held the presentation night at Fountain Park bowling with food and drinks, this was all paid for by the drinks fundraising provided by Elaine and Dean Sutherland all season.

A Big thank you from the coaches Ian, Scott and Davie for all the hard work, support and commitment the boys gave this season, coaches are already looking forward to next season and working with the same group of players.

2004 U14’s – Cup triumph to build on

2004 FC finished their league campaign P30 W22, D3 L5 to end the season in a very credible 4th  place, however the real highlight was the victory in the final of the Ian Mackay Cup on 27 April versus Craigroyston BC at St Mark’s Park. Thomas Luff celebrated his 5 year award by scoring a fantastic winning goal in the last minute of extra time, after the match had finished 3 – 3 in regulation time. In a game that ebbed and flowed, the boys came from behind 3 times and their hard work and determination won through in the end to lift the cup. What a great result and an experience the boys will never forget.

The boys enjoyed their end of season night out at Volcano Falls Adventure Golf at Fountain Park where the following awards were presented:

Well done to the entire squad who should be very proud of their achievements this season. With most of the boys returning next season, we’ll enjoy the summer break before we go again in August!! We are also delighted to announce that both 2004 squads have renewed their kit sponsorship with building contractor Heron Brothers for season 2018/2019 on the back of their respective cup wins.

2005 Colts U13’s – Solid start to 11's

The 2005 Colts have had an enjoyable start to the 11s game in division 4. 

The boys settled into the flow of the 11s game and managed to make it to two cup semi finals - narrowly missing out in penalties in the first thriller.  We finished a respectable 6th overall in the league and are well positioned for the next season.

2005 U13’s – Roll on the new season

Head coach Lambert would like to thank all of the players and parents for their continued commitment during the season.

This was the first season at 11–a-side and the boys finished an admirable 12th of 16 in Division 2. Most of the games were highly competitive and it is fair to say the boys did not get the rub of the green in some matches. The team played 35 league and cup games over the course of the year and it certainly felt like a very long season.

The coaches would like to thank all parents and boys for their continued support as the team was rarely without a full squad for matches. The team lost a couple of stalwarts to long-term injuries during the season and we wish Luke and Ronan a speedy recovery over the Summer. The highlight of the year was a stunning 5-4 win against league runners up Gala in the Borders. Coaches Lambert and Fowler attended their First Aid courses in June in preparation for next season. Congratulations to Ronan Sinclair, Jack Brown, Ethan Bradley-Bird, Ben Lambert, Archie Clemence, Finlay Peterson, Tom Henderson, and Max Fowler who all received 5 year awards this season for gracing the blue and white over a sustained period.

Huge congratulations also to the following undernoted players who received special awards at the end of season awards night at Pizza Express in June. Roll on August and the start of next season.

2006 U12’s – Transition to 11's success

This period has seen a number of new players join.  We welcome Danny Smith, Ethan Hemmings and Callum Munro to Currie Star and hope they enjoy their time here.

In April a number of our boys enjoyed a trip to Manchester to play some football and watch the Manchester derby.  A great weekend of football was enjoyed by all, especially the United fans.

The 06s have spent the past few months preparing for 11-a-side football next year.  Recent changes led to us playing half a season in a new 9-a-side format, which has proven to be an interesting step towards 11s - a bigger pitch, proper refs, and new rules to learn such as offside.  We fielded four teams in the end-of-season 'transition' festival, and learned a great deal from that experience.  Next year we plan to have a team in each of the four divisions.

By the time you read this, we'll have had our end of season party and awards ceremony at Kingsknowe.  Hopefully the weather was kind and everyone had a great time!  Congratulations to all the award winners.  

2007 U11’s – Moving on up

The 2007s have ended their season on a high getting club legends involved taking their pictures they have all come back amazing and the boys think they are superstars now they all received their trophies at the end of the photo shoot to make it extra special.

Currie Star Whites - Boys stepped up from Zidane to Maradona and have held their own and are doing well they are looking forward to progressing to the 9s in August

Currie star Reds - The boys are doing well when they are getting games, but had a lot of cancellations from other teams.  When they play they perform well.

Currie star Blues - After a great first half of the season the boys stepped up to the Pele league which has been a testing time for them but with perseverance the boys are growing stronger as a team and bonding well to take the step up to 9 aside


 

Currie star Blacks - The blacks have also been doing well bonding as a new team from some of the players making a step up. They are also looking forward to starting 9s.

The 2007s are still on the lookout for goalkeepers and coaches if anyone knows of anyone.  Happy summer everyone.

2008 U10's - Dancing team

The tournament season has been in full swing and the boys have been having a great time, learning a lot from the experience. Several highlights, but in particular the hearts fans amongst our contingent enjoyed meeting Christophe Berra at the Bonnyrigg festival.

We also had a great time watching the Champions League Final, at Kingsknowe Golf Club, joined by players from other age groups, as well as from Boroughmuir Thistle. Despite the result the boys were still dancing at full time (see video).

The team has continued to grow, and we now have 50 registered players and an ever expanding waiting list, including boys from other clubs. We are also delighted to have been joined by some new coaches, including Kieran Scott, who at 21 has not long stopped playing, and was looking for a club to get involved with. I’m glad he joined us.

We’ve been really impressed with the progression of our boys, all performing really well every week. We’re also considering moving a couple of teams up a division, and have been playing midweek games against opposition from higher divisions to see how they get on. The boys have loved the challenge.

We are all now looking forward to a relaxing summer break. On our return we are hoping to attend Scotland WNT v Switzerland (the SFA have offered me some free tickets if other year groups want to come along) and we will be finalising our plans to attend ESF2019 festival, a three night event at the Haven Holiday site in Ayr. 

Finally, a thanks to our latest sponsor, POINT Energy, who specialise in renewables and energy storage. They generously provided full away strips for our whole team, which the boys all love.

2009 U9's - Began our journey to 7's

The 2009s, now boasting around 50 players, began their 7-a-side journey in March this year and they've started with a bang - many of the teams dominating or holding their own in their respective divisions. 

All a great learning experience and the boys seem to love the 7 a side. We've had teams representing the year group at a few tournaments since Easter and all excelling. We bid a farewell to Play2Learn in March, which we thank for their help in preparing us for the move to 7s. 

We obtained great sponsorship and support from Fairbairn and Laing Hair Design, which without could not have got the boys new strips, now including squad numbers. Anne and the team also donated fantastic gifts which we used to raise funds at a recent social fun day. 

Finally hitting the summer break, we stop for the whole of July to give the kids, coaches and parents a well earned rest. Looking forward to Aug already! 

 

2011 U7's - Starting their journey with Currie Star

The 2011s boys have had a great fun start to their Currie Star journey. They were all very excited to put on their Currie Star strips and join a club many of them have been keen to be part of for a while. There has definitely been a buzz of excitement from the boys all season.  There are currently 33 in the group and interest already shown from others to join after the summer!

Training with Play2Learn on Monday evenings has been good fun (especially enjoyable for the watching parents on the recent sunny evenings). The Dads who are helping out have started their learning to become coaches and have shown lots of enthusiasm.  Coach Dave and his P2L team are doing a great job, thank you. 

The boys have been playing "fun fours" on a Sunday mornings at The Royal High School and thoroughly enjoy playing the other clubs. With a mixture of goal layouts across the pitches, the straight two goal game is definitely the preference and it was a bit of a challenge getting to grips with the four corner goal game but we are getting there.  There has been good goals and lots of good team work shown by the boys already and the odd interesting tackle. The coaches have even invested in their own water bottle carriers as they have quickly learnt keeping track of five water bottles can be quite tricky.  14 boys also played in one of the Hearts tournaments at Oriam and we are looking forward to more tournaments next season.

Currie Star Burns Supper

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Sponsor

Thanks to Heriot Watt University who continue to support the club.

Play2Learn Partnership

Play2Learn and Currie Star partnership continues to flourish. The Saturday morning and Monday night foundation programmes are sustaining high numbers and developing players who will continue to represent the club at all the age groups.

Saturday morning programme are split over 3 x 45 minute from 9 to 11.45am for 3 - 6 years. There are spaces for new players, all boys and girls welcome to try a free taster session.

Monday night programme is a session for 7 years from 6 - 7pm.

During these sessions parents are mentored by Play2Learn. This has proven to be a huge success, and will prepare the parent coaches for their future involvement in the older age groups.

P2L World Cup Summer Programme can be found here.

Special Membership Offer for April

Join in June and get £75 off an annual full membership or £50 off an annual 5 day membership. It's also 3 for the price of 2 or 4 for the price of 3 (excluding the above offers)

It’s easy to join.  Just download and return this application form to the Pro Shop or email here .  You can pay by Direct Debit or by three monthly instalments.  If you need any further information please email here

Any person with a family connection to a Currie Star Player, coach or official will receive a 10% discount if you mention CSFC when you join.


We also have a new Club Professional, Iain Lowdean, who will be organising coaching and camps for Junior Golfers.  He can be contacted on 0131 441 4030.

Thanks, as always, must go to all our
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who make it all possible through their support and hard work.
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