Stevie Owens of Blantyre Soccer Academy, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be playing in the Coalfields Home Internationals, and the lads who are going to Wales are thrilled at the chance to turn out for Scotland.
“They will play their hearts out to represent Scotland with pride and distinction. It would be great to bring the Home Internationals Trophy back to Scotland on Sunday night but whatever happens this will be a tremendous experience for them”
Blantyre Soccer Academy 2003 Blacks and 2004’s travelled to Blackpool at the Easter weekend to compete in the Blackpool Cup, both teams were very successful with the 2003 Blacks winning the Trophy and the 2004’s winning the Shield.
Billy Thom of the 2004 coaching staff said “this is a tremendous achievement for our Academy as there were teams competing from all over the country and abroad, the boys all had a superb time despite the weather and it was great to see them come home with some silverware.”
SFA Community Club Award 2015/16
Blantyre Soccer Academy have once again received a coveted award from the SFA in winning the Community Club of the Year 2015/16 which shall be presented to them on the 22nd of September 2016 at Hampden Park.
The Academy have already won several SFA awards with Chairman Jimmy Whelan picking up the SFA Community Champion Award in 2012/13 and Dougie Borland receiving the SFA Disability Coach of the year in 2013/14. These awards are a true credit to the club and recognition for all the hard work the volunteers and staff put into running the Academy and catapulting it on its fantastic journey in so short of a timescale. The club has also been accredited with the highest award the SFA can bestow on a club by becoming a LEGACY Quality Mark Club in 2014.
Chairman “ Receiving this award gives recognition of all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes at the Academy by our dedicated group of volunteer coaches and staff. It shows the parameters we work within to ensure very high standards are set for every aspect of what we do such as coaching quality, community engagement, facilities, getting the balance between fun, learning and winning, child protection, personal development and social cohesion. “We are more than a Soccer Academy, we are an institution within the community.”
This award gives our wider partners confidence within us as it shows how much dedication and determination there is within the Academy to succeed in everything we do. This is such a fantastic achievement for our club in such a short time and just another significant step forward in fulfilling our ambitions for the future and continue in our full player pathway programme.
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BSA Disability squads both black and gold have cleaned up again this year by the black side winning the national league for the second year in a row. They also cleaned up last weekend by both teams winning the Claremount Festival cups.
The Hamilton Branch of Lomond Audi has agreed a new partnership deal with the local club to supply a team kit and training gear for the season 2016/17.
The Academy after long discussions with Ian McCallum of only sport has now tied up a deal for them to supply all club kit for the next 2 years.
Blantyre Soccer Academy are looking for your help to design and name the Clubs official mascot.
This competition is open to members of Blantyre Soccer Academy aged 4-15 and we are looking for an original, fun, dynamic, sporty representation of Blantyre Soccer Academy which shall be transformed into a life-size character for all to see.
The competition which is sponsored by local companies SMILESCENE and CONNOLLYS Opticians shall run from the 5th of February until Friday 26th of February 2016 and requires entrants to submit their best drawing and name for their mascot.
Spokesmen from both SMILESCENE and CONNOLLYS opticians expressed their delight about sponsoring the competition ‘’we’re happy to support such a good concept and we’re always keen to be involved with initiatives that involve the local community’’.
Chairman of the Academy Jimmy Whelan added “this is a great opportunity for the children of our Academy to take on the challenge and feel they are part of the structure of the club in this initiative by being able to use their own creative minds in their design with one lucky winner watching their design become lifelike at the end of it.”
The winner shall be picked by an independent panel of representatives and the winning design will not only receive a great prize bundle but will see their creation brought to life as their mascot becomes a key feature for the clubs annual Reamonn Gormley Memorial Soccer Festival and all other community activity events going forward.
As well as an invite to the official unveiling taking place at Hamilton Palace Sports Ground on the 3rd of June 2016 the lucky winner will also receive:
• A laptop computer
• A Blantyre Soccer Academy Tracksuit
• A Blantyre Soccer Academy Goodie Bag
All entries must be submitted in the form of:
1. A design of the mascot and name (which can be in any format i.e. digital, hand drawn etc.)
2.A completed entry form.
The design and entry form must be sent to:
Blantyre Soccer Academy