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Spartans Youth Section – Kilt Walk Challenge

Calling all Youth Section Members, Friends and Family – come and join the rest of The Spartans Family and take part in the Kilt Walk 2019.

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  • To raise funds for The Spartans Community Football Academy and our Youth Section.
  • To celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Academy at Ainsley Park.

The goal at the start of the journey >10 years ago was simple – to redefine what’s possible for a football club in terms of community engagement through the power of people and sport.  Taking into account local community needs, efforts have focused around education, youth work, physical activity and health and well-being.  In addition, our Club has become a community based anchor organisation, linking and working with lots of different local partners and organisations across the City and country as a whole to help support and improve peoples lives.  In doing so, we have become a key part of the fabric of North Edinburgh.

It’s truly been an incredible journey so far.  To give you a flavour of the range of things The Academy provides, please watch the following short film.

Some funds raised by the Youth Section will also directly benefit players as we aim to introduce a heart health screening program for our players once they reach the age of 14.  An ECG (electrocardiogram) test is a simple way to diagnose most cardiac abnormalities, aiming to avoid young players suffer sudden cardiac complications.


Sunday 15th September 2019

The Walk

There are 3 Kilt Walk distance options, but we would encourage our Teams to take part in the Wee Wonder which is 5 miles long.  It costs £12.80 to register for the Wee Wonder.

How to Register

You can sign up here now:  Please remember to select “Spartans Community Football Academy” as your chosen charity and also “The Spartans FC Youth” as the team you are joining.

Get together with your team mates, bring your friends and family.  No matter how much or how little you can raise, every penny counts.  This is our chance to create another truly magical Spartans Family day to remember.

We look forward to walking with you,

Les & Dougie

Les Atkinson, Chairman Spartans Youth Section / Dougie Samuel, Chief Executive SCFA

Live Together   Play Together   Win Together

Spartans U14 (2004) win the Scottish Cup!

A fantastic day for Spartans Youth Under 14’s (2004) as they won the SYFA Scottish Cup beating St Andrews BC of Greenock 4-0 at Airdr2004sCup2018ie’s Excelsior Stadium.

Spartans took the lead in incredible fashion, Louis McLachlan scoring straight from kick off. Timed at 5 seconds, surely the quickest ever goal in a Scottish Youth Cup Final.

Centre Half Oscar MacIntyre doubled Spartans lead after 22 minutes, meeting McLachlan’s corner with a bullet header.

Second half goals by Jacksen Lynch and a last minute winner by Sean Burrell sealed a well deserved win for the Ainslie Park boys.

A wonderful performance by Spartans who were delighted to lift the inspireport Scottish Cup in front of an army of loyal Spartans fans at Excelsior stadium.


Later in the day Spartans 2002 took to the pitch at the Excelsior stadium in their U16s Scottish Cup Final against Glendale.  Despite a tremendous effort they came away as runners-up after a strong performance by their opponents.  A great effort by Spartans and next year we hope they’ll go one step further… well done guys!




Spartans U14 (2004) reach Scottish Cup Final

Spartans Under-14s were jumping for joy at the full time whistle on Sunday afternoon after they came from a goal down against a very good Westdyke side to secure a 2-1 victory and a place in next month’s Scottish Cup Final.
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The Spartans lads went in 0-1 behind at the break however two goals in as many minutes saw them take what turned out to be an unassailable lead.

A slice of luck with the equaliser perhaps. A Westdyke defender seeing his attempted clearance go past his own keeper but there was absolutely no doubt about the quality of Elliot Miller’s winner.

There was some tremendous pressure in the last few minutes from Westdyke but Spartans ran out 2-1 winners at the final whistle.

Both teams demonstrated great football and are a credit to their clubs.



Coach In-service night – Thursday 19th April at 7pm

Just a reminder to book your place on the Spartans FC Youth In-Service night through the link below.

All Spartans coaches are invited. As part of the club’s development plan to work within the SFA Coaching Quality Mark criteria & our own club’s aims to promote, support & develop all our coaches to the highest level we can, this is a club in-service where your attendance is requested to work, chat & share ideas on best practice.

We are delighted to have secured arguably Scotland`s top football coach Educator. Donald Park (SFA Head of Coaching) will visit Spartans Academy to deliver this club coaching In-service night.

Donald “Parky” Park is current the Head of Coach Education with the SFA & also the current Scotland Under 19 Head Coach.

All training sessions are cancelled that evening.

Positive Coaching Scotland Workshops

Positive Coaching Scotland Workshops at Ainslie Park, Robertson Suite

Our vision is a football culture in Scotland where young players are developed in a positive, safe environment, where they learn to win through effort and where valuable life lessons are developed. Through the Positive Coaching Scotland programme we are driving change.

Positive Coaching Scotland gives all involved in the game the tools to develop happy, successful, confident, and respectful young people. We want our players to win, just not at all costs, and we want them to stay involved in the game through to adulthood.

The scheduled Positive Coaching Scotland workshops are at Spartans FC Academy, Robertson Suite (accessed through the cafe)

Wednesday 14th March 2018  – 6:15pm – 7:30pm for 2011/2010 Squad Parents

Wednesday 14th March 2018  – 7:30pm – 8:45pm for All Club Coaches (coaches should attend every 2 years)

Monday 26th March 2018 – 6:15pm – 7:15pm for 2006 & Under 13 Squad Players

Monday 26th March 2018 – 7:30pm – 8:45pm for All Small Sided Parents: 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2006

Using proven tools and techniques, PCS creates an encouraging environment to ensure that young Scots enjoy sport and want to continue doing it into adulthood.

We are delighted to welcome Alan White, Football Development Officer with the Hearts FC & the SFA South East Region, who will be running the workshop.

Spartans FC Youth shares the values of Positive Scotland wholeheartedly and we would therefore encourage and appreciate your attendance at the workshops.

Spartans Goalkeeper School Restarts on 23rd Feb

Spartans FC Youth Section Goalkeeper School

After our winter break, the Spartans Youth Goalkeeper School restarts on Friday 23rd Feb with SFA-Qualified Goalkeeper Coaches Colin Boyes & Brian Garrity!    This is a fantastic opportunity and we invite all Spartans goalkeepers to join this exciting Goalkeeper School.

Start Date :                    Friday 23rd Feb 2017   

Age Group Start Finish Venue
Small Sided (7s) 3.45pm 4.30pm Stadium Pitch, Spartans Community Football Academy
11-a-side 4.45pm 5.30pm Stadium Pitch, Spartans Community Football Academy



New 2011s – ready to play!

2011sGreat news at Spartans Youth as the new 2011s section has started up with an intake of players from Spartans Community Football Academy.

The 2011s are starting off indoors for the first few weeks and concentrating on ball mastery and starting to get firm foundations with good technical skills in their feet.

The route into Spartans 2011s is through Spartans Community Football Academy so if you know a player who wants to get involved in football at Spartans, please contact SCFA to find get details of their weekly coaching timetable.


It’s a Gong for Graham! Spartans Chief awarded MBE in Queen’s Honours List

The Spartans Football Club are delighted to announce that Chairman Craig Graham has been awarded the Member of the British Empire medal in this year’s Queen’s Honours List.

Unveiled late on Friday evening, “Craig Andrew Graham. Chairman, The Spartans Community Football Academy. For services to Football and the community in Edinburgh. (Edinburgh)” was listed within the MBE section of the roll of honour.

The Club and Academy’s social media accounts were flooded with fantastic comments as people from across all sectors joined us in celebrating this wonderful news.

An ebullient Graham said, “It’s very humbling to receive this honour. At Spartans we have many inspirational people & it’s how everyone works together which enables us to make such a difference. Everyone should be very proud to have played their part since we opened the Academy in 2008.”

From all of us at Spartans Youth….Well done, Craig.

We’re off to the Panto – are you?

EKT217-AD-Cinderella-WebAsset-564x270-WRThe annual Spartans kids adventure to the King’s Theatre will take place on Tuesday 12th December where this year’s hilarious production is Cinderella.

The 7pm show is available to all kids aged 5 to 15 and tickets cost £13 each.  Friends, brothers and sisters welcome too.  Adults – sorry, it’s a night out for the nippers! You can buy your own tickets and be hipsters without the wee ones elsewhere though!

To book tickets, please call Jeanette Veitch on 07810 048 231.

Spartans Goalkeeper School restarts on 25th August!

Spartans FC Youth Section Goalkeeper School

With SFA-Qualified Spartans Goalkeeper Coaches Colin Boyes & Brian Garrity.
This is a fantastic opportunity and we invite all Spartans goalkeepers to join this exciting Goalkeeper School.

Start Date :                    Friday August 25th 2017   

Age Group Start Finish Venue
Small Sided (7s) 3.45pm 4.30pm Stadium Pitch, Spartans Community Football Academy
11-a-side 4.45pm 5.30pm Stadium Pitch, partans Community Football Academy

Details:                           Twitter @spartansfcyouth


Spartans 2002s win the Scottish Cup!

What a weekend! What a nail biter! What a win!

The 2002s were crowned Scottish Cup winners this weekend in Airdrie after a tense Final was tied at 0-0 after extra time.

With fingers in mouths – and some supporters’ hands over eyes – the Spartans penalty kings held their nerve to lift the trophy by virtue of a 4-3 shoot out success.

Cue absolute scenes and much joy. The team bus headed back to the Academy for a pizza-fuel shindig. We reckon they’ve all deserved it.  Well done to all the boys and the coaches who helped them get there!

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2002s Cup Final – Spaces available on the Supporters Bus

The supporters bus will depart from Ainslie Park at 2pm on Sunday 21 May. The final will take place at Airdrie FC. Kick off is 4pm.

There are some spare places on the bus and if interested please contact Ford Swanson on 07770223196 or e mail at

There will be charge of £5 per person for the return journey.

Please come along if you can – we need all the support we can get!!

Spartans 2002 win the John McConnell Memorial Cup!


Spartans took home the John McConnell Memorial Cup after penalty shootout drama at New Dundas Park, Bonnyrigg on Tuesday evening.

After extra time with the sides still locked at 0-0 it went to penalties against Hutchie.

Man of the match Niall who had made a string of great saves stood strong and it was fitting that a Niall save won the cup.

Games against Hutchie have been tight affairs this season and this was no different.

Both teams had chances. Spartans missed some golden opportunities and Niall denied all of the long range efforts from Hutchie.

It’s the first trophy of the season for Spartans 2002 and hopefully the boys can kick on now and bring home the Scottish and SE Region too.



Spartans 2004 Whites win the 2017 Edinburgh Cup Final

Congratulations to the Spartans 2004 Whites who today won the Edinburgh Cup Final against Oxgangs AC today.

Spartans 2004 Whites win the Edinburgh Cup Final

Spartans 2004 Whites win the Edinburgh Cup Final

Spartans Whites were 7-1 winners today after being  4-nil up at half time.  Man-of-the-match was Harry Little scored who scored 4 and he was joined on the Spartans scorers list by Given Ndlovu who scored 2 & Oscar Jamieson who scored 1.


This was the 2nd cup win this season for Spartans Whites following their 5 – 1 victory last month in the Vauxhall Belmont Cup against Peebles.  

2017 is turning into a great year for the Spartans 2004s with Spartans Reds already having won 1 cup and in another final & Spartans Youth winning their Ken Ritchie Cup Semi final at Saughton today to put them in 2 Cup Finals!

Spartans Community Football Academy – Easter Egg Appeal – 2017

Last year with your help we collected and donated almost 300 Easter Eggs to children in the North Edinburgh community. This year, we would like to offer support again to ensure that children in our community don’t miss out on a visit from the Easter bunny.

What can you do to help?    Before Wednesday 12th April, we are hoping to collect as many Easter Eggs as we can.  Our target is to surpass last year’s total of 300 eggs. If you can spare an egg, then please donate and make a child happy this Easter!

Where can you drop off any donations?

Any donations can be dropped off at main office at The Spartans Community Football Academy, Ainslie Park, 94 Pilton Drive, Edinburgh, EH5 2HFWe will then arrange for all the eggs to be delivered to our local foodbanks before Easter Sunday.

Thank you #hereforgood


Spartans FC Youth 2002s in Scottish Youth FA Cup Semi Final

On Sunday March 26th Spartans FC Youth 2002s play Jimmy Johnstone Academy in the semi final of the Inspire Scottish Youth FA Cup.

The match is being played on Sunday March 26th at St Roch’s Juniors, James McGrory Park, Royston Road, Glasgow, G21 2AA, 1pm kick off.  See this link for more details of the location.

The team have played some great football to get to this stage of the competition and all the club wish them success in this round too.

If you are able to travel, please try to make it along!

Spartans 2002 Reds – Coaching Opportunity

Spartans FC Youth are looking for a qualified Coach to join our 2002 Div-3 team starting after the Summer break, i.e. July/Aug 2017.

This is a great opportunity to assist our existing experienced coaches and when doing this, there Spartans will support you to attend further SFA coaching courses.

Please contact us if you have SFA Main Pathway Level 1.3 qualifications.

The team & coaches  have been Development level over the last few seasons; this is a great opportunity for a qualified coach to continue with their development.

To apply please email:

Welcome to 2010s Head Coach – Chris Sim

Spartans Youth are delighted to welcome Chris Sim as the 2010s Head Coach… so we asked him for a pen portrait!

I was previously tchris9he Head Coach of the 2005’s and assistant head coach of the 1999’s at Polbeth Community Football Club where I worked with the club for four years. I have a passion for football and developing youngsters and recently completed my Children’s award and would love to go on and complete my advanced children’s licence as well as starting on the main pathway and aiming toward my C licence.

As well as Spartans I coach walking age to 5 year old children at Edinburgh University on a Sunday morning which I have been doing for a year. I had a short career as a central defender for various amateur teams in West Lothian where I was also club captain however retired due to injuries!!

I am a season ticket holder at Hearts and have been for 12 years. I love nothing more than a Scottish Cup win or a victory over Hibs!!!!! (Bad timing that one)

I am married and have an 18 month old daughter.  I have recently taken up running, last year completing the Edinburgh 10k and the half marathon. My full time job is as an IT Analyst at a major bank where I have worked for five years however I hope one day to coach full time.