WINTER 2018/19 EDITION 26 
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Message from our Chairman - John Brock

Hello All. 

I hope everyone had a good festive break and recharged the batteries for another season of football.
 
The New Year brings new challenges and the Committee are still working hard to try and resolve matters with regards a long-term home for Currie Star. This is a protracted process and much more challenging than originally thought.  We have managed to add some expertise from parents of players and would like to thank Andy McKinlay, Neil McConnachie and Torquil McNeil for giving us their time and knowledge to date.

The Currie Star Burns Supper will be held on Friday 25 January 2019.  The planning has taken place over many months and I am hugely grateful to those who have given up their time and energy to make this happen.  Please step forward Liz Shand, Fiona Paterson, Lynne Timmins, Nicola Bold, Charlotte Tucker and Ewan McKenzie.  We salute your efforts and look forward to the event.
 
Currie Star was founded by two gentlemen - Ross Fenwick and Brian Chisholm.  I am delighted to announce we have now managed to track both down and they will be attending the Burns Supper as distinguished guests.  We will now be able to document our history properly right from the start and get an understanding of the ethos they wanted for Currie Star and if we have managed to achieve their aspirations 22 years on!!   All the best for 2019.  John

2001 U19’s – City Star

It is now 5 months since we merged our Currie Star 19's boys with those from Edinburgh City to form Edin City Star.  I’m delighted to report the boys have made the transition well and reached the last 16 of the Scottish Cup.  They are currently 2nd in the league and still in 5 cups.  They are adapting to the more physical side of the game and continue to make good progress.
 
We’re hoping many will graduate to Heriot Watt at the end of the current season.

2001 U19's - collection for Edinburgh Food Banks

We are now halfway through the season and at the time of writing the Colts sit 4th in the League table and in a cup semi-final.  The boys started to play some really good football on the run up to Christmas, especially against some teams perceived to be stronger and where we would have maybe expected a more difficult game.  Credit to the boys for taking on board the drills being worked on in training.
 
The Christmas break has actually hampered us as boys have lost a little sharpness over the period and our first game back was disappointing in terms of our levels of fitness.  We also accepted an invite from Heriot Watt to play their Under 20s team before the Christmas break at the Oriam, a game which we narrowly lost 3-2.  A great experience for the boys playing against bigger and more experienced opposition and gives them a taste of what could lie ahead when they leave Currie Star and continue into the Currie Star/Heriot Watt partnership at under 20 and above.
 
Off the pitch, the Colts Head Coach Gary McDonald arranged a collection across the age groups of food to hand into the Edinburgh Food Project Foodbank.  This took place just before Christmas and as you can see from the picture everyone was very generous filling 3 shopping trolleys of food and toiletries which was very much appreciated by the Foodbank.  We are a community club and it is good to give to the community through initiatives like this.  Well done Gary for organising and to all the age groups who contributed.

2003 U16's – new arrivals

I’m delighted to announce that Coach Scott Clapperton who was a Currie Star player and now Coach for over three seasons has started a family with wife Claire and the birth of Mia, we wish then all the best and look forward to seeing Scott coaching after his paternity leave.
 
After the Christmas break Coaches Davie and Ian have realised that the boys needed extra  fitness to prepare them for the remaining part of the season after losing a few close games where this extra conditioning would have helped, lots of boys have had injuries, sickness and prelims for exams, meaning the squad had low numbers and put lots of pressure for the team selection. This team selection has stretched the squad with low numbers available for games from a squad of 20. The squad have started the year with weekly boxing fitness at Clovenstone Boxing Gym, Headed by Craig McEwen  
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craig_McEwan_(boxer)The boys have worked hard and will benefit for the gym time.
 
2003s welcome new goal keep Callum Anderson and wish himall  the best for the remaining 18 games of the season, Michael Anderson current keeper will move to an outfield position and we thank Michael for his loyal commitment.  Coach.Dracup  

2004 U15's 

Whilst we had a sluggish start to the Division 4 league campaign, we’ve made good ground since and are sitting nicely in 3rd place as we start 2019, having played 13, won 9 and drawn 1. We are also in the 4th Round of the Federation of Hears Supporters’ Cup where we’re up against Leith Athletic Colts from Division 3, so it should be a good challenge for the boys. We are also about to play our first round League Cup tie v Gullane Athletic
 
We would also like to pass on our thanks and best wishes to 2 of our long term 2004 stalwarts, Ruari Shand and Ollie Doyle who have decided to pursue their rugby careers, swapping the royal blue and white hoops of Currie Star for navy and white hoops down at Goldenacre!

2004 U15's Colts

After recording wins in their first 5 games of the season, the Colts then went through a rough patch towards the end of last year, winning 1, drawing 1 and losing six due to a mixture of squad injuries and some top of the table opposition.
 
A new year is a chance to start again and the boys did well against a physical Melrose team winning 3:1 and creating a lot more chances in the final third. There’s a good atmosphere at training with the boys putting in the effort, becoming fitter, quicker and sharper. We’re still in two cups and in our league of 15 teams we’re sitting 10th but with games in hand over 7 of the teams above us and all players are now back and fit (or at least not injured...)

2005 U14's 

The boys have continued to play well over the last quarter of the season, and I think it’s fair to say that results have not reflected the standard of performances. There was a run of six consecutive away fixtures during this period including cup ties against two First Division opponents in Musselburgh Winsor and Tynecastle. The team has not become disheartened at the run of narrow 1 and 2 goal defeats which is pleasing.
 
The coaches continue to work on shooting and finishing in training in a bid to convert the numerous chances created into goals. The New Year began with fireworks at Meggetland and a convincing 5-2 League win over Loanhead. Unfortunately, the match will not be remembered for the explosion of goals but for the unsavoury behaviour of the Loanhead coaching staff, resulting in the sending off of two coaches and one player and in a bizarre twist the sending “on” of a coach. The players, coaches and parents of Currie Star in attendance deserve credit for the manner in which they conducted themselves in difficult circumstances. We all agree that this sort of behaviour has no place in the Scottish game.
 
We welcome our new signing Lucas Davidson to the club and he has settled in well. We look forward to having a strong finish to the League season with a series of home fixtures at Fortress Meggetland to look forward to.

2005 U14's Colts

The 05 Colts have had a tough run of games as our new players bed in and our goalkeeper is still out injured.  However, performances are improving with our best game coming just before the Christmas break.  We look forward to the rest of the season and to our continued improvement. 

2006 U13's - a 11's team in each division 

The 2006 age group continue to grow in strength and now boast 68 kids, 14 coaches and a team in each of the 4 leagues. 
 
Our Div 1 team have made an incredible start to 11's with only 1 defeat in 24 matches in all competitions since Aug, they've also reached the last 16 of the Scottish Cup and hope to progress further.
 
Our Div 2 team have had some mixed results with some great wins and some painful losses. Possibly their best win was an outstanding 4 - 2 win against a strong Inverkeithing team who play in division 1. If they can just find some consistency they are sure to climb the table in the second half of the season.

Our Div 3 team have been similarly afflicted with inconsistency but have managed to turn in some high scoring performances particularly after the arrival of new signing Hayden who hit the ground running with 8 goals in his first two games !!
 
Our Div 4 team have found the transition to 11 a sides pretty hard going, due in no small part to a number of very strong sides who are clearly playing in the wrong league.  Nonetheless, the boys remain very keen to play and rounded off the first half of the season with a terrific 7 - 1 victory over North Merchiston.
 
Hopefully there will be more victories to come in the New Year for all our teams. 2006 coaches.

2008 U11's

It has been another busy period for the 2008s. We continue to have teams in each of the 4 division, but have introduced development squads between the teams, to help boys progress through the levels, and to help as when we transition to nine a side and will need to change the squads about. The result of the winter survey suggest this has been welcomed by everyone, and the results on the pitch are generally very positive too. At Christmas it was great to have so many of the boys come along for our party at Swanston Golf Club.
 
Looking ahead preparations are continuing for our trip to Ayr this Easter, which we hope will be a great experience for all the boys who are going, and will help us decide if we want to do trips further afield in the years to come.

2009 U10's

The 2009s rounded off a great 2018. All 5 squads enjoyed and developed well throughout the year.
 
In their first year at 7 a side, the boys have really blossomed and matured, which is great to see. Over the course of 2018, we've parted ways with Play2Learn however had Hearts Community Coaching come in and lay on 5 sessions for the boys on the latter part of the year, which was good learning tool for all involved - players, coaches and parents.
 
Slight bitter-sweet for the 2009s as we say farewell to Aidan Hanratty and Cooper Ward, who have signed for St Johnstone. Well deserved for both and been a pleasure to have as part of the in for the last few years.

2011 U8's

2011 have continued to enjoy their weekly training at George Watson's with the Play2learn coaches, who continue to help our coach Dads develop their coaching skills. 
 
The boys and coaches have been putting their new skills into good practice during their fun fours games on a Sunday morning with lots of good goals and teamwork! Most valuable player (MVP) award each week (a pack of match attacks) has been going down a treat. 
 
The fundraising team have been busy with football scratch cards, pub quiz and a raffle resulting in us reaching our fundraising target to get the players their new strips for after Easter.  We’re very grateful for the amazing donations we received for the raffle, which included prizes donated from Play2learn, Kyloe Restaurant, Charlie Miller, signed Hearts and Hibs balls, Edinburgh Rugby, Bumblebee sports, Swanston Brasserie,  Swanston Golf Course, Boardwalk Cafe and many other prizes of vouchers, food and drink donated by parents and friends.  The boys also managed to enjoy a social event at Laser Station, where they had great fun.

 The players are looking forward to lots more football in the new term. 

Play2Learn Update

Saturday AM Foundation Programme - groups divided into three age groups - 2012, 2013 & 2014/15. The groups have continued their development and enjoyment throughout the winter, at Edinburgh College. The 3 groups have grown to record numbers on a Saturday. The 2012 group are coming to the time of the year where they transition into Monday night. They will continue with their training with Play2Learn, and start representing the club on Sundays.
 
Monday nights - 2011 and 2010 age groups make up the squads for the Monday night 4s and 5s training. Both squads have trained extremely well over the last few months. The parent coaches have grown in numbers and are supporting the club very well. 
 
For the first time Play2Learn have delivered a workshop for all the parent coaches of these age groups. The focus of the workshop was to outline Play2Learns philosophy, and how this style of coaching is applied to the sessions on a Monday night. As part of the parent coach mentoring programme, a number of the coaches have designed and led their own sessions. The coaches get a chance to experience being a lead coach. After each session the parent coaches receive written feedback from the Play2Learn coaches.
 
In March the 2010 coaches and players will be progressing to the 7 aside format of the game. Prior to Christmas,  7 aside sessions were the focus, introducing players to roles and responsibilities when in possession. The next block of sessions in the new year will be on a defending, and out of possession themes.
 
Play2Learn would like to thank the 2010 age group for their excellent effort over the last 2 years. We send our best wishes to all the players, parents and the coaches, on the next stage of their football journey.
 
Wednesday Futsal - Play2Learn encourage all kids to try and train at least twice a week. Play2Learn futsal session takes place at Meggetland Sports Complex 6:15 - 7:15 and has many advantages from fast flowing small sided games to develop positional play and sharpens first touch.
 
Play2Learn Camps – we give all Currie Star players 20% off our camps.  Select this link for further camp info on our website.

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