Around the Scottish Amateur Football Scene (09/04/2021)

Chief Writer Tom Scott takes another look around the Scottish Amateur Football Scene.

Coatbridge Rovers FC are seeking additional players for their new Over-35s team. Contact Martin O’Neill on 07305 000727

St Mungo AFC are planning a Tournament at Loretto as part of their 90th Anniversary Plans.

Glasgow Irish (2016) have created quite a bit of interest after displaying training kit and matchday kit to such an extent they will set-up replica sales.

Rhu Amateur FC, who won the Scottish Cup in 1967, are organising a 125th Anniversary kit.

EK Harp are looking for a Goalie Coach.

South Gyle Rovers FC are aiming to sign a goalkeeper for the season ahead.

Around the Scottish Amateur Football Scene

Chief Writer Tom Scott takes another look around the Scottish Amateur Football Scene.

Coatbridge Rovers FC are seeking additional players for their new Over-35s team. Contact Martin O’Neill on 07305000727.

St Mungo AFC are planning a Tournament at Loretto as part of their 90th Anniversary Plans.

Glasgow Irish (2016) have created quite a bit of interest after displaying training kit and matchday kit to such an extent they will set-up replica sales.

Rhu Amateur FC, who won the Scottish Cup in 1967, are organising a 125th Anniversary kit.

EK Harp are looking for a Goalie Coach. The team trains on a Wednesday Evening. Games are Saturday Morning.

South Gyle Rovers FC are aiming to sign a Goalkeeper for the season ahead.

Around the Scottish Amateur Football Scene (05/04/2021)

Chief Writer Tom Scott takes his first look of a new week around the Scottish Amateur Football Scene.

EK Harp are seeking a Goalie Coach to work with their No 1 on a Wednesday. Harp play Saturday Morning Football.

Atlantic Quay FC are on the lookout for players (all players) as they move to a possible return to football. Also a Coach to assist the Manager.

Coatbridge Rovers FC are looking at the possibility of starting an Over-35s Section.

Letham AFC put in an application to join the East of Scotland League.

AS Albion have thanked CR REMOVALS for their continued sponsorship.

Glasgow Wellington would like to introduce weekly coaching sessions with a view to a potential Summer Football Camp.

Greenock HSFP AFC are returning to Non-Contact Training on April 13.

Arthurlie AFC hope to be back by April 20.

The Aberdeenshire AFA 2021-2022 season is expected to start on August 5-6.

Greenlaw FC four- team Tournament at Happer Park is due on Saturday (July 3) and Sunday (July 4). Two games each day – 12 noon and 3pm.

You Have Club Sponsors: Who Are They? (EK Harp AFC)

EK Harp only managed to play and win one competitive Saturday Morning League game before the Covid lockdown, but experienced Coach Jimmy Stewart already knew the value of having Club Sponsors on board, writes Tom Scott.

“Like every team, we owe a great deal of gratitude to our Sponsors, who backed us at the start of the season to purchase training kit etc” said Jimmy

“We understood money was tight, so we ran two Football Cards for our Home and Away kit ,and were blown away at the speed in which they sold out. We were then shocked when SC Painting and Decorating Director, Scott Crossley, offered to buy our Training Kit.”

“Standard Real Estate Ltd, and EK Offices. Com and have also been supportive by going further than just buying a winning square for the Away Kit, but supplying our tracksuits.”

“NextGen Scaffolding Ltd won the right for their name to go on our Home Strip.”

“We were on the brink of Sponsorship from a local hostelry in the Town, but Covid brought that to an abrupt halt. It is expected that this will restart when we are allowed back into licenced premises.”

“It is hoped this could be a major sponsor for next season.”

Huge thanks to Mr Jimmy Stewart for supplying the Club’s various Sponsors’.

They are greatly-appreciated by everyone at EK Harp.

Around the Amateur Football Scene (08/03/2021)

SAFN Chief Writer Tom Scott takes his first look of the week at some Amateur Football Clubs.

The dreaded “no another pre-season” shout will soon echo around Scottish Amateur Football!

The EK Harp coaching team have put together an 8-week Strength and Conditioning Programme, which will benefit each individual player and commences today.

Ardgowan Hospice will receive £600 as a donation from the latest Greenock HSFP AFC Last Man Standing Competition. I hear the jackpot is into four-figures.

Stewarton United had three prizes on offer for their February Monthly Draw.

The running order was as follows:

First: £250 – Mary McCance.
Second: £50 – Hamish McMillan.
Third: Taj Bar and Grill Kitchen Voucher – Isabel Cairns.

The Stewarton United Last Man Standing Competition opened with 73 participants, and a jackpot of £365. In Round One, 14 were eliminated.

West Park United- Amateurs have their Last Man Standing Competition worth £510.

Meanwhile, United have confirmed they have applied to join the Spark of Genius Central Scottish AFL, and await a decision on being accepted.

Starting next season, Kilbride Thistle AFC have agreed a two-year deal with Play Data.

YOUR CLUB could feature here! Contact Scottish Amateur Football News today.

Jimmy Stewart And The Lowdown At EK Harp AFC

Coach Jimmy Stewart has opened up to Scottish Amateur Football News on what he describes as “a season like no other”, writes Tom Scott.

He admitted: “We (EK Harp) may be a new team, but we are a collective of young and seasoned players, and coaches with many years’ experience. In hindsight, that has been the one keystone which has got the Club through Zero Football, all bar one League game.”

“We’re delighted we have kept everyone together, and indeed with another signing this week rubber- stamps that the lads believe what we are trying to build.”

“The coaching team have put together an off-season training programme geared towards the individual player, and our Team Physio is constructing a Strength and Conditioning Video to keep the lads’ active.”

“Of course, like every team, we owe a great deal of gratitude to our Sponsors, who backed us at the start of the season to purchase training kit etc.”

“We understood money was tight, so we ran two Football Cards for our Home and Away kit ,and were blown away at the speed in which they sold out. We were then shocked when SC Painting and Decorating Director, Scott Crossley, offered to buy our Training Kit.”

“Standard Real Estate Ltd, and EK Offices.Com and have also been supportive by going further than just buying a winning square for the Away Kit, but supplying our tracksuits.”

“NextGen Scaffolding Ltd won the right for their name to go on our Home Strip.”

“We were on the brink of Sponsorship from a local hostelry in the town, but Covid brought that to an abrupt halt. It is expected that this will restart when we are allowed back into licenced premises.”

“It is hoped this could be a major Sponsor for next season.”

Huge thanks to Jimmy Stewart for his time, and also supplying the Club’s various sponsors’, who are greatly-appreciated by everyone at EK Harp.

Harp Swoop to Recruit Local Signing

Breaking News

East Kilbride Harp today revealed a new signing – with a local connection, writes Tom Scott.

Gaffer Jimmy Stewart confirmed the recruitment of local lad Jordan “Job” Boland for the Saturday Morning League Club.

Said Jimmy: “Harp’s coaching team are delighted Jobo has put pen to paper.”

“Due to family commitments, Jobo has moved to Saturday Morning Football from Saturday Afternoon, and admits leaving Claremont AFC was a hard decision, but can’t wait getting the boots on again when the authorities permit, and is relishing getting in amongst the goals.”

Off the pitch, Harp have been racking up their Social Media friends list, and are delighted to report they now have over 400 friends on Twitter.

Harp Coach Shares No – Competitive Games Frustration

Jimmy Stewart has opened up on the frustrations being experienced by first season East Kilbride Harp FC – and how their set-up has had to adapt accordingly. Harp only managed one game in the Glasgow District Saturday Morning AFL – a solid 3-0 victory against visitors Strathclyde University back on October 3 before additional Scottish Government restrictions unfolded. Looking back now, that date and subsequent idleness is frightening.

I can reveal the players and coaching staff have been busy using the time through non-contact training, meeting online for informal togethers , and creating a link- up with a local Charity “A Christmas to Remember.” They have also added a ‘new recruit’ to the coaching staff!

Speaking exclusively to SAFN, Jimmy said: “Prior to the Christmas break and the elevation from Level 3 to Level 4, the team continued to non-contact train. This was as much for the Mental as well as the Physical Condition of the players. The coaching staff are well aware of the Mental impact the various levels of lockdown can have, and we felt it was important to try and keep some normality.”

“It was strange being the only team training at times though. Depending on the Scottish Government’s restrictions and South Lanarkshire Leisure’s availability of facilities, we are crossing everything we have in the hope we can return to training soon. Even if it is non-contact again.”

“We were fortunate to be working along with ” A Christmas to Remember” in the run-up to Christmas, and our collection of toys which we handed over will help, even if it was a little bit for some of the kids in East Kilbride. We have forged a link and are looking to tie-up with the Charity organisers this month to see how we can help in other ways to assist the Charity as their work doesn’t stop just because Christmas is over.”

Turning to his Harp backroom “team”, Jimmy revealed “One of our ‘seasoned’ players will join the coaching staff upon our return.

“Chris McWilliam (photo) comes with extensive experience as he is a former coach with Erskine AFC.”

“Finally, we held a virtual get together on New Year’s Day, and player Scott Crossley entertained us by playing his accordion. An accordion that once belonged to non other than the late great Jimmy Shand.”

“From everyone at EK Harp, we hope you and your families had a good Christmas and New Year, and fingers crossed we are allowed to return to the pitch soon.”

Harp Out To Continue Community Support

First-season East Kilbride Harp have put aside their obvious frustration at the lack of competitive football by pledging additional charity links within the local community next year.

Harp brilliantly assembled and handed over a huge collection of Toys for the East Kilbride Christmas to Remember campaign prior to December 25.

The generosity of their backroom staff, players and friends guaranteed numerous East Kilbride children woke up early on Christmas Day and had something to open in terms of a present.

The Glasgow District Saturday Morning League Division 1 club have told me they don’t intend to stop at this one-off project.

Harp chief Jimmy Stewart said “We were delighted to be able to help a great cause.”

“We will continue the affiliation in the New Year as there is still a need to help with other stuff.”

Harp Set To Continue Local Community Support

First-season East Kilbride Harp have temporarily put aside their frustration at the lack of competitive football by pledging more charity links to the local community next year. Harp assembled and handed over a huge collection of Toys for the East Kilbride Christmas to Remember campaign last week.

The generosity of their backroom staff, players and friends means numerous East Kilbride children will wake up on Christmas Day and have something to open in terms of a present.

The Glasgow District Saturday Morning League Division 1 club have told me they don’t intend to stop at the one-off project.

Harp chief Jimmy Stewart said “We are delighted to be able to help a great cause.”

“We will continue the affiliation in the New Year as there is still a need to help with other stuff.”