WINTER 2019 EDITION 29
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Message from our Chairman - John Brock

As we approach the Festive period it is always appropriate to reflect on the year gone by.  Demand for places within the Club is growing, especially in the younger age groups.  We have waiting lists for every year group in the juniors.  This reflects on the fantastic work of all our coaches, players, and parents involved with the football club.  In the ideal world, we would like every kid who wants to play for the Club to join.  However, the practical logistics of training venues and pitches severely restrict us.  Securing winter training venues is getting more difficult each year.  Malleny is a fantastic facility but we could do with having our own Malleny five nights per week as we would easily utilise it.

The pitch project at Kingsknowe is slowly progressing.  We are now also scoping the viability of updating the Clubhouse in addition to pitch improvements but it takes time, especially when we are asking people to volunteer their time and energy.  I am hoping we will be in a position in 2020 to finally get this over the line.  The Committee meet regularly and are doing everything they can to achieve this.

I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank every coach and Committee member at the Club.  Without these people, Currie Star would not exist.  They are the true stars in our society.  Giving their time to ensure kids get to play the beautiful game.  Thanks to all of you.

Finally, our Burns Supper will be held at Kingsknowe Golf Club on Friday 24 January. We always have a great night so why don't you come along with a few other parents from your year groups and enjoy being part of this fantastic football club.  Just select here buy a ticket (£30) for a three course meal with half a bottle of wine.

I would like to sign off by wishing everyone connected to the football club a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  Please enjoy a break away from it all to rest and recover. 

The future's bright.....it's blue and white : )

2012 U8's - Fun4's

The 2012’s have really enjoyed their year of Fun4s playing at Royal High and it is clear we have a really keen bunch of players with high levels of attendance from everyone at both training and games, so well done to all. The variety of games at Fun4’s has been great for their development, as has playing against many different clubs each week. The boys are now very much looking forward to moving up to Super 5s when they return from a well-deserved winter break.

Training has continued to be supported by P2L and by our many parent coaches so thank you everyone who has helped over the year. It is clear to see that the boys are improving both in ability and in their understanding of the game which is testament to the hard work being put in by the coaches.
Football Festivals have been attended throughout the year hosted by both Hearts and Hibs. 
We have found them to be well-run events providing a great experience for the boys and allowing parents and grandparents another opportunity to watch them play.

We will ensure that everyone will get an opportunity to attend these events going forward.
On a final note, we are delighted to report that the year group have managed to secure more sponsorship and are now fully kitted out in the Currie Star strip and training tops. A big thank you to Shepherd Chartered Surveyors for their recent donation for track suit tops.

Training will resume on 13th January 2020 and Super 5 games will start on the 1st March 2020. From myself and all the coaches we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and look forward to welcoming you all back in the New Year. Coach Torquil

2011 U9's - transitions to 7's

The 2011s have had a good term, enjoying their Sunday morning games at Powerleague and their Monday night training sessions with Play2learn.

With two new coaches (Andy and Gavin) joining us at the start of the term and some new players, the 42 boys continue to develop. The boys have been working hard on control/receiving the ball, whilst having fun. They are now working on the transition to 7s and are looking forward to that next year. 
The boys enjoyed taking part in the Hearts FC Expo tournament at Oriam in November.  
We are very grateful to our new sponsor, Edinburgh Property Maintenance who has helped us kit out the boys with a new jacket for the wet weather. The boys recently had a social at Ryze, giving them a chance to have a bounce around away from the football pitch.

Thanks to all the parents for their continued support and encouragement from the side lines and to the Play2learn team whose enthusiasm is never ending and especially coach Matthew who continues to help our teams on a Sunday morning. Coach Gary

2010 U10's - 5 teams at all levels

Our 2010 group is now at full capacity and working well with 5 teams at all levels. 
 
We enjoyed a good summer of football at various festivals including the Edinburgh Cup. 
 
We have recently attended Hearts Play the Game festival and continuing to develop relationships with other teams.  We also enjoyed a trip to Manchester United v Leicester City which was an amazing experience for the group and luckily we got to see United getting a rare win. 
 
We have a great squad with fantastic coaches and it will only get better as the coaches and players develop together playing the Currie Star way!!  Coach Steven

2009 U11’s – Consistent Performance

The 2nd half of 2019 has continued to be a success for the 2009 year group. 

We have seen our teams consistently perform to a high standard in their respective levels. Moving into Xmas sees us have our Christmas party at the Corn Exchange, which I'm sure the boys will love. We look forward to seeing what 2020 has in store.  Coach Rob

2008 U12's - The search goes on ...

2008s were delighted to hear about the birth of Kieren and Fiona’s new baby girl. Unfortunately the demands of fatherhood meant that Kieren felt he was no longer able to devote enough time to being head coach, so we searching for more coaches, and for someone willing to take the reigns as we move to elevens. I am currently back in the hot seat, but I am not sure this is sustainable in the long term, so our search for a new manager continues. We were thinking about asking Craig Levein, but we aren’t that desperate yet. 
 
On the pitch our journey into nine a side has been enjoyable. The boys are loving the step up, and are relishing the addition of the extra rules and the new dynamic of having referees. We recruited several new players into the club to allow us to continue with 4 teams at nine aside. We are now considering our format for when we move to elevens after the summer. 
 
Off the pitch the fun continues, most notably with a trip to see Manchester City v Tottenham (pic attached) in August. A great game of football and a great day out of the boys. (If any other year groups are interested in similar get in touch as I’m almost due some freebies from the organisers due to the number of kids we have taken away with them over the last couple of years). 

Finally, we have decided to eschew our Christmas party this year, and instead the boys spent Saturday 14 December raising money for Street Soccer, an Edinburgh based charity that work with disadvantaged groups across Scotland, as well as towards new kits. Thanks to the efforts of the boys we will be donating £600 to the charity, and have a bit left over towards our kits.Coach Ewan (acting Head Coach)

2007 U13's – Trip to Etihan Stadium

The 2007 boys enjoyed a great day out at the Etihad for the Man City v Leicester match in November. A well earned treat for all the boys hard work and commitment for our first season in with the big boys at 11 a side. 
The improvement and determination the boys have shown in the first half of our season has been very encouraging and we were delighted to reward them for their efforts with a trip to the Etihad training centre and stadium.

The boys were a credit to the club and made the most of their day out. Well done boys. Coach Thomas

2006's U14's - Playing a Brazilian Team

The 2006 age group is still going strong with a team in each of the 4 leagues. Our division 1 team continue to improve with our first win over the well known Hutchie Vale. They currently have lost only one game in 5 so far. 

Our division 2 team are in the upper half of their league. It’s fair to say both our division 3 and division 4 teams have had a tough start to the new season. However they are training and working hard to make it a better second half of the season. Recently our division 1 team competed in the Barcelona cup. They did very well finishing 2nd out of 16 teams. The semi final came down to a penalty shoot out which we won. In the final we came up against a team from Brazil. Enough said!! 

It was a great trip and the boys have created a really close bond which will stand them in good stead for the rest of the season. Coach Mike

2005 Colts U15's - bolstering the squad 

The colts squad has seen quite a lot of change this season with a number of the boys from last year moving onto other clubs or taking a break from football completely. As a result, we’ve welcomed a number of new players into the squad who have adapted into the team very well!

After a tough start to the season with the loss of certain players, the performances from the team have improved significantly although we were starting to get fed up of all the hard luck stories as we were losing games by the odd goal despite dominating the match. Our most notable results this season include a 5-2 win against Newtongrange Star (it could’ve been 10!) and a 3-3 draw with Earlston who were sitting 3rd in the table at the time. The draw was a sore won to take after conceding a goal in the last minute.

We welcome back a few players from injury going into the second half of the season which I’m sure will help push us on and secure a few more wins before the end of the season. Hope everyone has a merry Christmas and a happy new year!  The Coaches.

2005's U15s - Climbing the table

It has been a period of consistent improvement in performance and results for the U15’s in the last three months.  It is no coincidence that this consistent period started with the arrival of fresh injection of talent from AC Oxgangs in the shape of “Tony” Watt and “Bob” Dylan who have both settled in well to the squad. 

The boys are also through to the latter stages of the John McConnell Memorial Cup and challenging for silverware after the New Year for the first season since we started the 11-a-side game. The boys were also unlucky in the Federation of Hearts Supporters Club Cup, going down only in extra-time to league leaders Gala, in a feisty affair at Netherdale. If the boys continue with their hard work and application in training and in games we will continue to climb the table. Alex is also itching to visit Ikea to buy and build a trophy cabinet.

On a slightly more serious note, it has been disappointing to witness some of the appalling behaviour of particularly opposition coaches, and sometimes parents recently. Their behaviour and attitude is often sadly replicated by their players on the pitch. Whilst one could never describe our Alex as an angel, I’m pleased to say that these tantrums have not been replicated by any of our coaches and travelling support, and our boys must be commended for retaining their discipline on these occasions. It is a sad indictment on the Scottish game that we continue to see such scenes on a regular basis.

Luke Sibson left the club last month, but the coaches and players wish to pass on their thanks for his commitment to the cause over his time at Currie Star. Who can forget his stunning performance in goals versus Arsenal’s Ghanaian Academy who we had the misfortune to be drawn against in Gothia!
The coaches would like to wish everyone a great Christmas and New Year, and we look forward to hitting the trophy trail v Musselburgh in January.  Coaches Alex, David and Colin 

2004 U16's 

The Colts despite being knocked out in 2-1 cup games against Melrose and Currie Star FC, the 2004 Colts have done well in the league recording 7 wins and a draw so far.
 
The boys are noticeably fitter than last season and crucially, seem to be fitter than the opposing teams. Not getting shots on target was the cause of our early cup exits but after putting 12 past Crammond and 4 past previously unbeaten (by us) Leith Athletic, we seem to have solved this. Good to see 5 different goal scorers demonstrating that we can attack in different directions and combinations and the defence and keeper keeping it tight at the back with just 1 goal (an own goal) conceded in the last 3 matches played. We welcome  new players this season - Scott, Harry and Charlie M. 

There are 3 teams 10 points behind us but all have 3 games in hand. We’ve already beaten 2 of them this season with the remaining team (Currie Star FC) who we’ve never beaten up next this Sunday!  Coach James

The 2004 FC squad lost a number of boys over the summer mainly to rugby, but replacements from the disbanded Division 3 Edinburgh United Colts came in, so we are delighted to welcome Sam, Sonny, Maciek, Nathan, Cameron and Charlie to the ranks. Our policy this season is to keep squad numbers to a deliberately manageable level of 15 and to train only one night a week (it's Nat 5 year after all!!).  

With the exception of a “hiding” off Lochend in the Jackie Faichney Memorial Cup, all our games have been close. Early season saw us always able to get something out of a game (later winners, goalkeeper saves, coming from behind etc), and at the time of writing we sit nicely in 4th place in Division 3B having P4 W3 L1. We were disappointed to lose Mike Fitzgerald as coach, after a successful 2018/19 season, but we welcome back Andy McKinlay who joins Alan Forman and new coach Alastair Stuart as the coaching team. Training is focussing on possession, built around faster, small sided games (which we hope will bring better performances). The team still relies heavily on many of last season’s regulars but new boy Sam is off to a flier with 6 goals so far. Our challenge for the next few months is to play better possession football, cut out defensive mistakes and keep up the good league form. 2004 Coaches

2003 U17's -  Moving on up

Delighted to say Coach Davie G and Coach Dracup are able to take the boys for another season now at u17s.

The boys are enjoying the challenge of moving in to Division 2 and were entered in to all Cups including the Scottish and South East Region. This season with 13 boys resigning and a current squad of 17 players we have managed to play all our fixtures, as a couple of teams have already folded in the league.
We decided to move from twice a week training in the winter to give the players more opportunity to have time for school with boys sitting highers.

New signing after nearly 4 seasons away from Currie Star Mathew Young transfers back from City, all the best to the boys for the rest of the session it has been a challenging start. Coach Dracup

2001 U19's -  Rebuilding the team

The boys have had a mixed season so far with a huge deal of turnover in the playing personnel ... we had a big rebuilding task at the end of last season with half the team leaving and it’s fair to say that some of the replacements haven’t been what was expected in terms of attendance, behaviour and attitudes.  These players have moved on and we have been able, with the support of Heriot Watt, to bring in a few new boys to supplement the core we have and they have all settled in well and will add value as the season progresses.  
 
On the pitch mixed results with us sitting 4th out of 11 teams with 3 wins and 3 losses in 6 league games.  We have made progress in a couple of cup competitions too so far but we have had a good number of postponements recently which interrupts the momentum we are hoping to gain.  We have had 3 teams drop out of the league too so that in itself highlights the challenges at this age group.  But we have a happy bunch now and are excited to see what the season brings after the break.  We traditionally are poor starters after New Year so we will try to correct that and kick on for our last big push before we give up at the end of the season.  Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2020 to all players, coaches and parents at the Club.  Coaches David and Gary 

Currie Star Burns Supper

Currie Star Burns Supper - Friday, 24 January 2020 (in association with the 04 and 09 year groups).
 
Following on from a sellout success in 2019, tickets for the Currie Star Burns Supper 2020 are now on sale! Tickets are £30pp plus booking fee, and include a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine per person, a cash bar (extended until midnight this year because no-one wanted to leave at 11pm last year!) and, of course, the usual Burns Supper speeches. There will also be a raffle, with the proceeds going to the club. Further details on the flyer.  Tickets can be purchased via this link

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