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Should youth clubs enter the SFA Senior Pyramid?

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Clubs with strong youth set-ups - some with SFA Quality Mark status or Legacy level status - now have difficult choices to make:

  1. Do they continue as they are and allow EOS Senior clubs to siphon off their best talent for Lowland Development U20 League teams? OR
  2. Do they form partnerships as the youth sections of established EOS Senior clubs? OR
  3. Do they go the "whole hog" like Glenrothes Strollers and Syngenta Juveniles and seek to form their own Senior teams in the EOSL?

Sygenta already appear to be "stealing a march" over their rivals with this form of progressive advertising over the last 6 months:
 

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Can Legacy level clubs such as AM Soccer Club afford to be left behind?

What is the best way forward?

NB: For more debate and news see

 

 

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I'm intrigued by the phrase "we're in need or two or three more players in all positions". Is that another 22-33 players in addition to what they already have?

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Don't Syngenta already have an adult amateur team in the Stirling & District?

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On ‎07‎/‎03‎/‎2019 at 19:11, Pyramidic said:

Clubs with strong youth set-ups - some with SFA Quality Mark status or Legacy level status - now have difficult choices to make:

  1. Do they continue as they are and allow EOS Senior clubs to siphon off their best talent for Lowland Development U20 League teams? OR
  2. Do they form partnerships as the youth sections of established EOS Senior clubs? OR
  3. Do they go the "whole hog" like Glenrothes Strollers and Syngenta Juveniles and seek to form their own Senior teams in the EOSL?

Sygenta already appear to be "stealing a march" over their rivals with this form of progressive advertising over the last 6 months:
 

Syngenta5.thumb.jpg.dd66c8fae0e65ebee57b624bcff8fd37.jpg


Can Legacy level clubs such as AM Soccer Club afford to be left behind?

What is the best way forward?

NB: For more debate and news see

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
This is a minefield for many or could be.
 
Most of the junior clubs who want an academy or have an amalgamation with an academy, don't have money to fund a youth academy and the way most academies are run, they may have to change the way they operate. but and its a big BUT, if junior clubs that turn senior do not have money to fund a proper academy with coaching staff they will then have to rely on the academies that operate with volunteer coaches, thus a lot of plates up in their but I think this is where the SFA should offer guidance and help to get most off their ground in any way possible.
 
Pollok Soccer Academy is an independent body where Pollok FC have no control over, so both have to work together to get things done
Clydebank Soccer Academy has just applied for legacy status and the committee, as far as I believe includes Clydebank FC first team members/committee
K-Park Training Academy has been established for the benefit of the community of East Kilbride by the East Kilbride Community Trust, (not sure what this implies in regard to the connection of the Ek youth teams and Ek senior team.
 
There are, I'm sure, many other soccer academies all run in their own way, some with connections to junior or senior teams, some not.
When you read them all like that, it sounds good on paper but every academy will have ups and downs and issues that have to be addressed to keep things running smooth or to have them run smooth.
 
Has anyone any info on the past couple of years, junior teams who went to the senior ranks, especially the east side, and if and which youth teams did they have to join them as a youth set up?      With the Scottish U21 Cup decimated on the east side as many youth teams joined the local junior team who applied for Senior membership so the Scottish cup had fewer U21 teams in the cup
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Just wondering if there is any news on Musselburgh Windsor FC and whether this progressive youth club are going to have another go at entering a team in the EoSL.

I was disappointed that Windsor were unable to gain entry for 2018/19 but it was obvious that Pinkies and Whitecraig do not meet EoSL criteria. In my view nothing has changed in this respect.

I wonder what the possibility would be for a groundshare with Musselburgh Athletic FC for 2019/20?

With Musselburgh Ath U20's (formerly Musselburgh Windsor) doing OK in the Lowland Development U20 League surely the time is right for Windsor to come forward as a loosely-linked "feeder club" with the following caveats:

- Windsor to negotiate groundshare with Athletic;
- in return Windsor provide players for Musselburgh Ath U20's next season in the Lowland Development U20 League;
- Windsor would be playing at lower tier of EoSL than Athletic so not in direct competition;
- the two clubs develop a firm understanding that higher level players go to Athletic in Tier 6 with the rest forming the pool for Windsor in EoSL at Tier 7.

This sort of arrangement seems to be working quite well in some towns in England:

- Coggeshall Town / Coggeshall United
- Biggleswade Town / Biggleswade FC
- Brackley Town / Brackley Town Saints   ETC

Times are changing in Scottish Non League Football and at the Senior level new links may be possible where entrenched views may no longer hold sway.
 

 



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