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Message from our Chairman - John Brock

Hello All

Well, the new season is well and truly under way with Currie Star being represented from the football 4's right the way through to 19's, the first time we have been able to achieve this. Player numbers are high with many year groups now having waiting lists, as we continue to grow as a club.

However, the additional growth means additional demand for training and playing facilities. We’re only just managing to fit most teams in for one nights training at Malleny but it is becoming more difficult to find a second facility for the boys to train on.

Additionally, we informed Edinburgh Leisure the 11 aside goals at Malleny were not fit for purpose on 2nd July and despite now being in the middle of October they have STILL not been repaired. As a result, our boys have had to play their 'home' games at a number of facilities across Edinburgh, including Portobello, which puts us at a disadvantage against opposition teams.

If we have a generous parent out there who would like to build us a brand new training facility they know where I am for a chat!

All the best to all our boys this season. The future's bright, it's blue and white!

Please join us for a "Nod to Burns" Supper

Date:     Friday, 25 January 2019

Time:     7pm     Drinks reception
              8pm     Dinner (including ½ bottle wine) and entertainment
             11pm    Carriages

Venue:     Kingsknowe Golf Club, 326 Lanark Road, Edinburgh, EH14 2JD

Tickets:     £25 per person.

To book tickets, please visit here.

2011 U8's - fun football

Following their summer break, the 2011s have come back in strength with lots of fun football on a Sunday morning and 40 players registered for the team. Training continues on a Monday night now at George Watson’s Collage with our volunteer dad coaches starting to take a more active role, very much supported by the great Play2Learn coaches. Sunday morning games at The Royal High School are now played on the Astro and grass pitches due to the number of teams and players and all our players are progressing well. Two teams also recently took part in a fun fours tournament at Oriam, which was a great afternoon.

The 2011s fundraising team has kicked into action with a recent bake and coffee sale during the Sunday morning games which raised £250. The team are trading their football shoes for a laser gun soon at their first social event in November when they will be invading Laser station at Fountain Park.

2010 U9's - 60 strong squad

Overall our year group is thriving, with circa 60 boys and around a dozen coaches. A big task of the coaching team is to ensure with so many players, there's a place for everyone at all abilities. Our regular Sunday five a-side has presented an opportunity to group players of similar ability together so that opposition teams are reasonably matched, promoting competitive games and hopefully fun.

Hearts half time heroes - on 29th September we took a thirty-strong blue and white army to Tynecastle, to see Hearts vs St Johnstone. The event includes over an hour's coaching with Hearts Community Coaching team, flag waving round the centre circle as the teams come out and a small sided game on the pitch at half time. It was a great experience for the players, coaches and parents alike.

Hearts "Play the Game" Expo – this new initiative of Hearts has been developed to support the grassroots game. Inspired by street football of yesteryear, it encourages more play and game-centred activity within grassroots football. We attended a 4 a-side tournament at the Oriam, with the theme of Play the Game and emphasis very much on no coaching from the side-lines and players having the freedom to make their own decisions.

2009 U10's - enjoying football

The 2009s have started the 2nd half of the season where they finished off in June. The boys really show a huge hunger to learn and improve on a weekly basis. Most of all we see them enjoy themselves and flourish as teams and individuals.

We received great sponsorship AGAIN from Malcolm Hood (Harrison's dad) at MH Autos, providing the boys with new training kit. Thank you.

I’ve no doubt the boys will continue to develop over the next few months as we look forward to progressing through this season and our next chapter!

2008 U11's – stepping up

We made the decision to move 2 teams up a division, meaning we have  a team in each division as we felt some of the boys weren’t being properly challenged on match days. Well, they are certainly being challenged now and we’ve had some tough results. I’ve quoted the likes of Michael Jordan explaining how he became the best by missing 1000s of shots, articles on growth mindset and our philosophy on coaching enough times elsewhere so I won’t repeat it here. I’ll just say I’ve been really proud of the boys and hope by sticking at it this experience helps set them up for challenges they will face later in life. 

I’ve also said previously that this is only worth doing if it is fun. Our job as coaches is to keep the boys enjoying their football, and learning from the experience regardless of anything else. I think the boys enjoyed the ‘head, shoulders, knees and cones’ activity the other night (video attached). 

Make sure you check teamer for the winter training times and venues. You’ll know we have been a bit short of coaches some nights recently, so if anyone else wants to lend a hand on a regular basis please let me know.  Head Coach Ewan Mackenzie.

2006 U13’s – 11's here we come

The 2006’s are now immersed in our first season of playing 11 a side. We’ve a team in each of the 4 divisions which I believe is a first for Currie Star FC, with 17 or 18 players per squad which we believe to be the optimum number. As we are now playing competitive games we’ve moved away from equal game time but feel we have done a good job in keeping all the players happy.

Our division one team currently sits 2nd top in the league and are still in all cup competitions. In particular we play our 3rd round tie against Rosebank Thistle in the Scottish cup on the 3rd November and we’re obviously looking forward to that.

Our division two and division three teams have had mixed results in their first opening fixtures. They’ve also been on their travels to Galashiels, where our div 3 team enjoyed the Scottish Cup experience, and Dunbar. Both teams are looking forward to keep improving through the rest of the season.

Our division 4 team is now managed by new coaches Tim Westmoreland and Stan Gibbons. I’d like to welcome them to the Currie Star FC family and they’ve already made a great contribution. I’d also like to welcome new players Luan Tran, Luca Rafaelli, Kyle Logan and Alexander Dey to the team.

Finally I’d like to thank Jason Hemmings for his very kind gesture in purchasing a sports bag for each of the division one players.  Head Coach Mike Scaife.

2005 U14's Colts - welcome new players

The 2005 Colts have welcomed a number of new players to our team this year and they are already having a very positive impact - a warm welcome to Zak, Liam, Angus, Jamie and Olly. 

We’ve had a tough start to the season while we find our shape but our performance continually improves with every game. There are plenty of positives to work on and we look forward to progressing as the season goes on.  

Thanks to all parents for their support getting the boys to training and on the touch line. Coach David Goodbrand. 

2005 U14's Colts - good progress in cups

Coaches Hans, Alex, Colin and David have been pleased with the start to the 18/19 season, with Luke Sibson returning from long term injury and Magnus Stewart joining from the Colts squad. 

Experimenting with different positions, there has been real improvement in performances and results from the start of the season. The boys have applied themselves magnificently and it is great to see the progress they are making particularly in the Cups.  They’ve won their last two cup games and have progressed to the third round of the Sportassist SE Region cup and Kenny Maclean Cup at the expense of Salvesen and Loanhead respectively. Our visit to Tin Pan Park hit the headlines in the Edinburgh evening news amateur round up and Meggetland is becoming a bit of a fortress recently with convincing home wins. 

Hopefully we can build on recent cup wins in league games and climb the table. There have been a spate of away games including a testing trip to Kelso so thanks for the continued support of parents both on the touchline and in getting the squad around Edinburgh, the Lothians and Borders.

Next year the boys are looking forward to a trip to the Newcastle v Crystal Palace game.

Currie Star FC in Ghana

Alex Backler from the Currie Star 04’s spent a week in Ghana in August working with a charity. Currie Star very kindly donated 50 sets of brand new football strips which Alex took out with him. These were given to children of all ages living in small villages in the Volta Region. Football is the most popular sport in Ghana - many of them even follow Scottish football due to a Ghanian, Prince Buaben, playing for Hearts!
 
They can’t afford to buy football strips themselves and so they were so delighted to receive the brand new kit. These will be prized possessions for years to come! Alex enjoyed having a kick around with them. They were so grateful to Currie Star FC and wanted to pass on their thanks for their generosity.

2004 U15's Colts - cup wins & great start

The 2004 Colts ended last season well winning a cup and finishing 7th so having retained all our players, decided to move up to division 3. Pre-season training was very good and the players' hard work paid off. We’ve started the season well winning 5 out of 6 games, 2 league and 3 cup games.
 
The players continue to work hard at training - We’re working on quick 2-touch play and retaining shape. We welcome back our old goalkeeper Ewan Hutchinson and we also welcome Hamish Brown who has joined from Edinburgh City. We have started really well but with 15 teams in division 3 it looks like another long tough season but hopefully a successful one. Coach Jason King

2004 U15's - our first female footballer

For the 2018/19 season we are continuing in Division 4 and welcome new players, Ben Mackay, Finn Stormonth, David Fiddes, keeper Ashoka Campbell and our first female player, Addie Handley, who is registered to Boroughmuir Thistle but experiencing the boys game to further develop her (and our boys!!) football career.

We also welcome new coach Mike Fitzgerald who is adding a greater technical element to fitness, training, matches and attendance.  Boys commitment to training has been excellent. Whilst we had a bit of a sticky start, having to play Division 1 teams in 2 cups, we’ve put that behind us and are back “in the mix” at league level.  Head Coach Andy McKinlay.

2003 U16's - great team bonding

Boys are really growing as a squad this season with 20 signed, most boys are now 15 years old and the dynamics of the team bonding is really showing. We still have 4 players from 7s and in our 4th season at 11s.

Sadly, we said farewell to James Vair after 3 seasons with Currie Star FC. Originally an outfield player who moved to a keeper, he decided to pursue other interests and we wish him all the best for the future.  Great memories for James at the World Gothia Cup - I’m sure he will not forget the airline losing his luggage for 2 days. Michael Anderson (defender) now wears the gloves and is a great replacement with loads of potential, he also plays outfield and attends goalie coaching.

All players now have Currie Star training kit, displayed this week in the team photo along with Finley Byers a recent new signing from Salveson.  Coach.Dracup

2002 U17’s – goal keeper scores!

Team News - now playing u17s.  Unfortunately the Colts team couldn't continue this season as we were unable to find a coach to take the team.  So we now have one team this season - playing in Division 2.

Player News - congratulations to James Molyneux who last week, scored his first goal for the club.  James has been with us for around 9 years - he's a goalie.  We have two goalies in the squad - due to injuries we had to play James outfield for the second half.  James is always looking for a chance to play outfield - he got his chance and grabbed a goal which he's always said he would score!

2001 Colts U19's - playing U19's now

The Colts have stepped up from U17 to U19 this season and in some games are playing against players which are a full year older, who shows in some results.  Overall mixed bag in performances but currently sitting mid league table and through to the next round of the South East Region cup.  Disappointingly we have always drawn a really hard team in 1st round of the Scottish Cup and this year was no difference going out again following a heavy defeat.  But we know what we want to achieve and the boys will work hard to ensure we can deliver.  We welcome new faces to the squad - Rhys Campbell, Kyle Valentine, Daniel Dormer and Ryan Tilbrook.  This will ensure we have competition for places and keep everyone on their game.  

Off the pitch, we have always been the beneficiaries of goodwill from the public in fundraising efforts in previous years for trips through bag packs and bucket collections, and we felt it was time to support a good cause and offer our services for fundraising for a charity.  We linked with Teenage Cancer Trust and offered our services to undertake a bucket collection at Dobbies Lasswade.  We had 10 boys able to attend on the day in 3 shifts and over the day collected £785.46 which was increased by £500 from a donation from David Muego’s employer Lloyds Banking Group.  Teenage Cancer Trust were delighted with the total raised and it will be put to great causes supporting teenagers who are undergoing treatment.  Thank you to Archie, Reece, Harry, Cammy, Patryk, Thomas, Jamie, Blair, Cami and Jakub and also to Harry Lawrie and Gary Mcdonald for supervising the activity and for Gary’s other son Lewis for manning a bucket too.  We intend to support the charity on a few further occasions between now and the end of the season.  Some of the boys are pictured below.

2001 U19’s – merge to create new team

Unfortunately, our 19's squad turned up for pre-season training with only 10 players available. It looked like the team was going to fold, which would have been hugely disappointing as some of those boys were going into their 12th season with Currie Star. However, we managed to merge with another team, Edinburgh City, who also had too few players to run a team. The boys are playing under the name of Edin City Star and currently sit second top of the division.

The main objective is to keep the boys together then move them up to Heriot Watt at the end of this season, which we will now achieve. As a Club, we’ll always do what is best for the boys to keep them playing the beautiful game!

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