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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