SPRING 2019 EDITION 27
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Message from our Chairman - John Brock

Hello All,

As the light nights finally arrive we look back at events since our last Newsletter.  On 25 January the Club held its annual Burns’ Supper at Kingsknowe Golf Club. We were delighted to welcome back Ross Fenwick and Brian Chisholm, the two founding fathers of Currie Star FC, in addition to Issie Blue, who served as Treasurer for many years.  They all thoroughly enjoyed the evening despite some being away for many years. History is important to us as we build the Club and take it forward to serve players for many years to come.

In March, we held a Currie Star in-service event for 40 coaches.  This was facilitated by Alan White from Hearts / SFA. The evening was focused on playing small sided games which players from all age groups will enjoy in future months. It is important for coaches to keep developing their knowledge and skills as the players will reap the benefits in the longer term.

As we come towards the end of the season I am hoping we can add a bit of silverware to the cabinet at Kingsknowe.  Our focus is, and always will be player development, but it is also good to win the odd cup. The future’s bright…..it’s blue and white!! 

2012 U7’s – 40 Strong Squad

We are delighted to report that the 2012’s are off to a tremendous start.  In a very short space of time we have reached full capacity for the year group with a strong squad of 40 boys and a growing waiting list. This is testament to the reputation of Currie Star Football Club and all the hard work which goes on behind the scenes.

As a group the boys continue to enjoy the training sessions delivered by P2L. We have just started playing Fun 4’s on Sundays at Royal High which the boys have adapted well to and are enjoying playing mini games as a team.

We are very pleased to have so much parent support and can’t stress enough how much this will help benefit the kids and everyone involved by allowing us to run successful and effective training sessions, organise games and provide other opportunities outside the training schedule. 

We have 13 parent coaches who have volunteered and are starting to undertake their SFA coaching badges. The P2L development programme for the next 2 years also includes training for the parent coaches so you will see them getting involved and helping out at training sessions as well.

So far we have successfully managed to secure sponsorship for the match kit but we are still looking for sponsorship for the training kit so if anyone can help, please get in touch.  Coach Torquil.

2011 U8’s – Moving from 4's to 5's

The 2011s enjoyed their 6 weeks of games of Oriam and have now moved to playing 5s at Powerleague. The weather has been a bit mixed with some wet and cold Sunday mornings but it hasn't dampened the boys enthusiasm and they are enjoying the move to 5s. With half the boys playing early and half in the later games, parking can be a bit of a nightmare during the change over but we are all getting into the swing of things!!!

GWC astro has been a great training venue  throughout the winter months and the boys (and coaches) have continued to learn and develop better skills from the Play2learn coaches, who show endless effort and enthusiasm towards training the boys. We are looking forward to moving back to Dovecot after the Easter and continuing to work with Dave and his Play2Learn team.

Due to the fantastic efforts of our fundraising team, the boys are now kitted out in a new match strip and we have got some tournaments to look forward to in the coming months. Coach Gary

2010 U9's - 7's here we come

It's been an exciting first few months of 2019 with our numbers peaking at 60 and the introduction of a waiting list.

At the start of the year we took the opportunity to share with parents our philosophy and approach - outlining what we can achieve together. In our first 5 weeks we engaged Graeme Colmer from Hearts Community Coaches, on their "Play the Game" theme and promoting small sided games to support player decision making and a return to street rules football.

In March, we transitioned from Sunday 5’s to 7’s, a big step.  We’re delighted to report that we’re represented across all levels of ESSDA which supports our overriding aim of offering a place for everyone. We also took a delegation to Tynecastle to be Half Time Heroes - a great experience for all concerned. The players enjoyed 90 mins coaching prior to the game, and then welcomed the teams out before playing matches at half time.

2010s have been brilliantly supported for 2 years through our partnership with Play2learn. The time has now come for us to make way for the next squad of young players to come through. Dave Upton and his Play2Learn team continue to provide excellent coaching to players and mentoring of parent coaches. We thank them for all they've done and wish them well.

We’re very well placed to begin our journey into playing 7’s over the coming months. Coach Paul

2009 U10’s – Making great progress

2009s continue to flourish in their 2nd season of 7’s. We can really see how the boys have developed technically since we started a few years ago.

All teams continue to make progress, which is pleasing to see. We continue to have high numbers in the 2009 age group, with a large waiting list, therefore it appears we must be doing something right! We waved farewell to Otto Hosie after his family moved to Spain - so we wish them all the best.

Looking forward to the rest of 2019!  Coach Rob

2008 U11's - Packed full of excitement

It has been another immensely busy period for the 2008s. As well as the normal league games, at which all the boys continue to do us proud, and getting the café up and running again at Dovecot, we’re also lucky enough to be the Half Time Heroes for the Edinburgh Derby. Whilst the majority of our boys were disappointed with the result, (and the ones who weren’t were able to keep their celebrations to a minimum) it was another great experience for the boys, playing in front of a sold out Tynecastle. Unfortunately the boys got so excited by the applause they were getting from the main stand they ran out of time for the team photo!

If this wasn’t enough excitement, we popped along to Ayr for a weekend to take part in the ESF Football Tournament against clubs from all other Scotland, Ireland and England. The boys and their parents had a great time at Craig Tara holiday park making the most of the swimming and other entertainment.

The football on display was wonderful. Our players competed in every game, and we were all delighted when the ‘Golden Ball’ for the u11s group, as decided by the referees, was awarded to our very own Calum.

Finally, congratulations to our favourite coach Keiron and his partner Fiona, who have announced they are due to have a baby girl in the Autumn.  We’re all pleased to bits for them both and wish them well. Coach Ewan.

2007 U12's – International friendlies

2007 now move into the final part of the 9's where the focus will soon turn to the transition into 11’s.

There have been a number of welcomed new additions to the squad in the last few months, taking the overall year group up to 42 players.  We also have 8 players receiving their 5 year award this summer.  Well done boys!

We’ve been involved in two international friendlies in the past few months.  First we played a hard fought draw against a well organised Maynooth Town FC from County Kildare, Ireland.  We then hosted the Dover-Sherborn Jaguars all the way from Massachusetts, USA.  They turned out to be quite a talented bunch, narrowly winning a competitive friendly match.   Thanks to all the boys for giving them a warm welcome. Coach Thomas

2006 U13's - A team for each division 

The four teams, one in each division continue to play and enjoy their football. One contribution to this was an excellent coaches’ session with Heart’s youth development coach, Chalky White, back in January and now all the coaches have started introducing more small-sided “street” games into their training sessions, which the boys seem to enjoy.

Div 1 team: continues to go from strength to strength.  We augmented our squad in Jan with the signing of twins Connor & Joel Russ from Michigan USA. They’ve settled in very well and have produced some excellent performances.  The whole team have done extremely well in their first 11s season and reached the last 16 of the Scottish Cup, narrowly losing out to Broomhill Lightning. We’ve have only lost one game in the league and are on course to finish 2nd, which would be great achievement. One setback has been the unavailability of Ethan Lorimer due to injury. Ethan is a veteran who has been at the club for 6 years and has always played at the top level. We wish him a speedy return as we look to progress and secure some trophies that the boys efforts merit.

Div 2 team: after a tough schedule of league and cup games up to New Year, the Blues were back to league business. The second half has seen the team implementing what they’ve learnt in training and the results have followed suit. The last eight games have seen the boys deliver table topping form and seeing them individually and collectively develop as we head towards the end of the season.

Div 3 team: the Whites have had some mixed results but are competing well overall. There are some division teams that are ahead of others and arguably should be in league 2, however against the rest of the teams we’ve done well. The more important thing has been the improvements the boys are making week by week. They are growing as a team together and now work much harder as a collective, making then tougher to beat than earlier in the season. They’re also beginning to understand each other's strengths and weaknesses and genuinely cover for each other and help each other out during games. They’re learning that the detail matters and also to really make the most of the training sessions to improve their skills. 

Div 4 team: the Yellows have shown a marked improvement since the start of 2019 and are starting to develop as a team playing the 11’s. Although we still too easily get beaten, sometimes heavily, by some very strong teams we’re now holding our own against mid-table teams – notching up a couple of wins and hard fought draws in recent weeks. Even in defeat there is a growing resilience in the team such that they don’t let their heads go down when behind. 

One final piece of information. When we changed strips last year we donated our strips to a charity working with young kids in Ghana. As a year group we funded the cost of distributing our old strips to them. You will see from the pics how pleased the kids were. Currie Star in Ghana!!  Coach Mike

2005 Colts U14's - bolstering the squad 

Since the turn of the year the coaches have been impressed by the boys determination and work ethic.  It has not been an easy year for the colts team, with fine margins meaning that we have not picked up as many points as we would have liked. However, we asked the boys to work for each other and concentrate on our own performances and we knew the results would begin to change.

Over the last few weeks the confidence is noticeably back and the performances have improved week on week.  We have boosted our squad with the recent additions of Scott and Robbie, who have settled into the team and are already making a positive impact.  Scott taking on goalie duties and Robbie working in defence and midfield. Our season has now drawn to a conclusion, however, we hope to have a few friendly games before the summer break.  Coach David G

2005's Squad Trip to Newcastle

One of the highlights of the year is the Club trip to take in a top English Premier League match. This year a group of 30 travelled south to take in the Newcastle v Crystal Palace game on Saturday 6 April 2019.

On arrival in Newcastle the boys were whisked to Newcastle’s Training Academy to take part in a two-hour training session with Newcastle FC coaches. The boys had a great time and were praised by the NUFC coaches for their attitude and application. Our coaches also learnt some new drills which no doubt will be put into practice in the last few weeks of the season. There were two valuable tips from the NUFC coaches for the boys – use more width and be more vocal in communicating on the park.

Then it was onto St James Park, for a bit of shopping in the Club Store, and lunch in the Bamburgh Suite, followed by the match itself. The match ended in defeat for the home side, as Palace scored with their only shot on goal in the game. But the boys enjoyed watching top players like Paul Dummett, Jonjo Shelvey, Scott Dann and Jeffrey Schupp strut their stuff.  Next year, rumour has it a trip to Old Trafford is being lined up….

A big thank you to Colin Brown for arranging it and the other coaches and parents who attended and assisted with logistics.

2005 U14's - Started 2019 in tremendous form

At a Jan team meeting, before our Lasswade game, we discussed the challenges of 5 substitutes and equal game time and how the number of mid-game substitutions and positional changes was having a detrimental effect on performances and results. It was agreed going forward that a max of 3 subs would be used chosen on ability, application, behaviour and training attendance and equal game time could not be guaranteed. The boys immediately knuckled down and dismantled Lasswade and followed this up with a further 4 wins and 2 draws, including an excellent 1-1 draw with league leaders Redhall.  This was after a difficult period which saw the team lose 9 out of 11 games.  The footballing genius Coach Fowler has also been evident as the squad have benefited from his 4-2-3-1 formation from the turn of the year which has allowed us to be more competitive in the middle of the park.

The race for this years Golden Boot is also hotting up with only 2 goals separating 3 players and at the time of writing only 4 games remaining. The coaches have been delighted with the application and hard work shown by the boys over the last 3 months and this has been rewarded by some excellent performances and results. The team currently sits mid-table.  Coach Colin

2004 Colts U15's - Tough time ahead

The 2004 Colts are currently sitting 4th from 14 in division 3 after losing just 4 of their 14 league matches. They had a good run in the league cup, losing to league leaders Spartans in extra time.

The season started well but then we had phase where we struggled to score. Having good player availability and a dependable defence has allowed us to play 4-3-3 more recently and this has created more scoring chances. 

It will now be tough as we try to play our remaining 13 league matches before the end of May. Matches on Sundays & Wednesdays or Sundays, Tuesdays & Thursdays will be a test of our squad’s fitness and commitment but we’re looking forward to pushing the teams above us until the very end.  Coach Jason

2004 U15's -  Reaching a cup quarter finals 

As we approach the final 5 games of the season, we currently sit in 3rd place of Division 4, having won 13 of our 19 league games.

Our highlight of the season was to reach the quarter final of the Federation of Hearts Supporters Cup, beating two Division 3 teams on our way. We’re eventually beaten by Scottish Cup finalists, Musselburgh Windsor. Despite diminishing numbers, injuries and suspensions, the core squad have stuck together, sometimes with just 11 players on match days.  They’ve worked hard for each other and most importantly, enjoyed their football. Coach Andy

2003 U16's - Looking for new players for next season

It has been a long season for coaches with, training twice a week, league meetings and coaching courses but enjoyable for coaches Davie Gardiner and Ian Dracup.  

The boys have played over 30 games so far including league and cups with still a few games to play before the end of the season. We plan to start playing friendlies to attract new players for next season in June as some boys will stop playing due to school and other interests. We started the season with 20 players and still have 17 which has been ideal, with injuries and other commitments it has being good for all boys to play apart.

Hot Drinks fundraising, thanks to Dean and Elaine Sutherland for providing over the season allowed us to purchase new Stanno Jackets for all players and thanks to Peter I'Anson  for sorting. The boys were delighted to receive them and look the part on match days.

All outfield players have scored this season and Calum Gourlay (8 years with us) smashed his penalty against Bonnyrigg Rose to help us secure 3 points. 

Finally, two ex CS players Mike Cantle & Broadie Young made the Scotland u16s Rugby team.  See Link. Coach Dracup

2002 U17's -  Quite a tough season

The 2002s are currently propping up League 2 at the U17 age group - we have 3 games remaining to get the points to move us up the league.  It's been a tough season.  Most games were close but we just couldn't get over the line.   Well done to all players for keeping up the effort.

Also congratulations to Ben McLellan who this year has achieved 10 years service with CS. Coach Dave

2001 Colts U19's

We’re currently in the top half of the league and with only a few games left we should finish mid table.  This is inline with our expectations in what is a very competitive league.  We’ve struggled at time to fulfil our full potential however the boys have been a pleasure to work with.  We’re now turning our attention to next season as under 19s play 2 years.  We’ll need to recruit to field a team as we’re losing some boys due to age, university or college and other interests.  So if anyone knows any boys born 2001/2002 and who play at a decent level and want to come along for a trial then contact David (07766 668024) or Gary (07956 516695).  We train Mon at Balerno & Thurs at Royal High and play Saturday afternoons.

We’ve been supporting Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) with some fundraising.  We’ve been at Dobbies last month and raised £360 which when matched by Lloyds Banking Group Charity Foundation, gives the charity £720.  TCT estimate that over 220 young people in Scotland aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer every year, with at least 440 needing treatment for the illness annually. 

Audrey Murray, Regional Fundraising Manager for Scotland said “Teenage Cancer Trust are very grateful of the support of Currie Star FC. Our ambition is to ensure that every young person in Scotland, wherever they live,  can access our life-changing care. We could not do what we do without the support of volunteers within our communities and the funds raised will go towards ensuring young people continue to receive the age-appropriate specialist help provided by the charity.  Thank you.”   Blair McDonald, Thomas Sweeney and Archie Sommerville are pictured with their buckets. Coach David.

2001 U19's -  Final season of City Star

The boys are in their final season with the Club and have performed very well at the higher age group.  They got through to the last 16 of the Scottish Cup, are in two cup finals and are still challenging for the league title.  Regardless of the outcome, we are proud of how they have developed over the years.  Four of the squad have been with Currie Star for over 10 years - Aaron Hamilton, Ross Lowder, Ben Wilson and Josh Brock.

I’m hoping they will continue to play and develop so they can perform at higher levels in future. Coach John

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