Timing Right For West Park Amateurs

West Park United Football Club Secretary/ Treasurer Andy Burns has revealed the timing was right to launch the Amateur team which has been successful with an application to join the Spark of Genius Central Scottish AFL, writes Tom Scott.

The Bishopbriggs-based set-up, founded in 1980, have been hugely successful in terms of silverware success and developing players for Senior Football.

Currently, they start fun-filled sessions for youngster aged 4-5 years, and were the first East Dunbartonshire Club to set-up a Woman’s team (2014), which presently accounts for 20% of the West Park membership.

Said Andy: “We only ever wanted to go as far as Under-21 level, but with the introduction of the Development League (a year younger), we believe the appetite is not there and interest has tailed off.”

“Iain Kennedy, who is Manager of the Amateur team, had 11 years with West Park. We wanted to be ready and prepared for this. The time was right for continuation purposes.”

“We are not really starting from scratch regarding players and the coaches. Being part of a big Club will attract good players, and already the bulk of the squad have had a couple of years in Amateur Football.”

West Park United FC have attained SFA Gold Standard status, and bringing an

Amateur team on board will allow them to make further progress.

Andy added: “Every team kit right through the Club is branded with Nil By Mouth. We felt it was right that discrimination should not be tolerated in any shape or form.”

“It’s not just a branding exercise.”

Many thanks to Mr Andy Burns for the Club Crest and attachments.

Two New Clubs Accepted by Central Scottish

Newcomers West Park United – Amateurs and experienced campaigners Goldenhill have been successful with applications to join the Spark of Genius Central Scottish Amateur Football League, writes Tom Scott.

United have earned a brilliant reputation up to Under-21 level in Youth Football since 1980, and this new journey into the Amateur ranks will be spearheaded by Iain Kennedy, who was previously Manager at Springburn Thistle, alongside Coaches John Black and Stewart (Gus) Collins.

Goldenhill are a long-standing Club, and from 2012-2013 successfully moved through the various divisions within the Scottish Amateur Football League – which they are leaving – alongside being crowned top-flight Premier Champions (2017-2018), Gowdie won the Centenary Cup, Jimmy Marshall Cup, and Coronation Cup.

Meanwhile, a fresh update on the Central Scottish AFL Over-35s Section should become clearer this month following Tuesday’s Government announcement.

And I can also reveal watch out for a major announcement from the Central Scottish Officials.

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.

Around the Amateur Football Scene (24/02/2021)

SAFN Chief Writer Tom Scott takes a midweek look around Amateur Football.

West Park United Amateurs have a £510 Jackpot going in their Last Man Standing Competition.

Cameron Smith became the 6,000 Twitter Follower of the Caledonian League. Worth recording at SAFN that the Caledonian League Executive Committee have approved League Fees paid for season 2020-2021 will be carried over into 2021-2022.

MTK Holytown FC deserve plaudits for the Running 24 Hour Challenge, which started at midnight on 19th February. Over every minute – every hour thereafter I understand 48 people were involved totalling 292.64 km (181. 83 miles). A quite extraordinary effort for Holytown Suicide Awareness.

YOUR CLUB could feature here. Simply make contact with Tom through the usual lines of communication. Don’t forget to include your Name and Contact details.

Around the Amateur Football Scene (16/02/2021)

SAFN Chief Writer Tom Scott takes his first look of the week around the Amateur Scene.

West Park United Amateurs are planning a Last Man Standing Competition starting weekend beginning February 19. Entry is £10.

Tollcross Thistle AFC have Game 3 in their Last Man Standing Competition due to commence on Friday, November 19.

Rhu Amateurs Football Club are organising a special 125th Anniversary kit and hope to get a glamour friendly sorted to mark their huge achievement when it is possible to do so. Rhu Amateurs won the Scottish Amateur Cup Final in 1967 at Hampden Park.

YOUR CLUB could feature here. Simply contact Tom through the usual communication channels today.

Around The Amateur Football Scene (13/02/2021)

SAFN Chief Writer Tom Scott takes a Saturday look around the Amateur Football Scene.

West Park United Amateurs, under Manager Iain Kennedy are in the look-out for committed, quality players.

The Coaches are John Black and Gus Collins.

Games will take place on a Saturday afternoon, while training sessions are planned for twice a week.

Friday (February 12) marked two years exactly since Dennistoun Thistle first kicked a ball. Dennistoun play in the SECL.

Friday, February 19 will be the launch pad of the next Tollcross Thistle AFC Last Man Standing Competition. Indications are the Jackpot could be in the region of £5000.

A Video Camera has been purchased to promote Clubs and FC Lanarkshire Division games. The aim is to get even more people involved in Amateur Football. I understand new promotional ideas could be in the pipeline. Muirhouse Thistle have been accepted into the FC Lanarkshire Division.

Dalziel Football have set- up a February Challenge which will involve 21 players and Management raising cash in support of Mental Health.

Giffnock Soccer Centre Over-35s will commence their “Virtual” Training schedules week commencing 22nd February.

Stewarton United still have two people in their Last Man Standing Competition. The prize pot stands at over £420.

YOUR CLUB could feature here. Why not make Contact with Tom Scott through the usual communication channels. Photographs of the team are always welcome.