First Aid Course at Craigroyston BC, 5th~13th February 2014

Craigroyston Boys Club will be holding a First Aid Course in February at their Clubrooms.
This course is recognised and approved by the SFA/SYFA.
The dates of the course are ...

Wednesday 5th February, 6.30 - 9.30pm
Thursday 6th February, 6.30 - 9.30pm
Wednesday 12th February, 6.30 - 9.30pm
Thursday 13th February, 6.30 - 9.30pm

You MUST attend all 4 evening sessions to qualify for a 1st Aid Certificate.
The course will be held at Craigroyston Boys Club, 8 Muirhouse Parkway, EH4 5EU
The course instructor will be provided by St Andrews Red Cross.
The cost of the course is £65 per Coach.
There are limited places still available on this course, the first six
(6) applicants will fill the course.
You must be booked and confirmed prior to the course. No one turning up on the night will be accepted unless so booked.
If you have any coaches interested please contact Colin at

Neil Brownlie

It was with a very heavy heart that I heard of the passing of Neil Brownlie. Neil helped coach the SERYFA under 15 Squad to victory in last year's Inter Regional Tournament and had taken the lead role with this year's Under 16 Squad. A quiet giant, who rarely raised his voice, but had a great ability to quietly put his points across to all the players he dealt with.
Neil will be greatly missed by all the people he was involved with in SERYFA football.
Neil (49) left a wife, two sons, 19 and 17 and a 3year old daughter, our thoughts go especially to them.

Harry J Smith

Jamie Skinner, Tynecastle FC 14s - 22nd December 2013

All of us involved in running youth football in the SE Region were greatly saddened by the news of the tragic death of Jamie Skinner whilst playing for his new team, Tynecastle FC 14s, on Sunday 22nd December. We all offer our sincere condolences to Jamie's family. We also offer our sympathies to all the players, officials and spectators who witnessed the shocking incident and to those who tended to him on the pitch.

SYFA Playing It Safe - December 2013 Newsletter

The December 2013 'Playing It Safe' newsletter is available to download here. [pdf 867KB]

Street League Academy at Spartans

I am a Progressions Coordinator for Street League in Edinburgh, we are currently running an 8 week employability and football Academy programme at Spartans at Ainslie Park.
The 8-week programme consists of employability workshops and the Young People can gain qualifications such as SFA Early Touches Coaching Certificate Level 1, First Aid and Community Sport Leading Award.
Please contact either myself, Adam Wilkinson, on 07824112791 or Mark Goldie on 078254112545. Sessions start at 9:30am Monday to Thursday.

Adam Wilkinson, Progressions Worker.

Parking restrictions - Meggetland

We have received advice that the parking restrictions on Meggetland Wynd are being strictly enforced. The road is marked with single yellow lines and the restriction is no parking between 10am and 4pm. The penalty is £60. Parking attendants are being called in by local residents and, apparently, attend promptly. All the vehicles in the picture were issued with a PCN.

Meggetland Wynd thumbnail
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Edinburgh Evening News - Grassroots Supplement 2013

The Edinburgh Evening News is putting together a Grass Roots Football supplement for U13s, U14s & U15s players to be published in the near future. If any SE Region 13s~15s teams have current team photos, would they please forward them to the Evening News asap. Contact is Jude Mallin, email or on 0131 620 8689 please. Use the same contact if you wish a EEN photographer to come and take a team photo.

Please ensure that all players have authorisation (parent/guardian/responsible person) to have their picture published in the EEN Supplement. This is required by the EEN.

SYFA has joined Facebook
SYFA now has a Facebook page and hopes that members will 'Like' it.

SYFA Kickabout Newsletter - July 2013
The July version of Kickabout is downloadable here.

SYFA Annual Awards 2013
The SYFA annual awards for the South East Region are:
South East Region Team of the Year Shotts YMCA Red 15s
Volunteer of the Year Iain Shaw, WLAYFC
Merit Award Douglas Dalgleish, Tynecastle FC
Congratulations to the awardees on their achievements. announce continued sponsorship of SE Region YF Leagues

At the recent South East Region Youth Football Leagues winners' photocall, Peter Sargent, representing, announced that the company will continue sponsorship of the South East Region Youth Football Leagues for a further three years. We are extremely grateful for this generous sponsorship, which commenced in Season 2002~2003. The press release, confirming the arrangement, may be viewed here, whilst clicking the thumbnail will enlarge a picture of the winners' photocall.

photo courtesy of Neil McGlade
Note: Whilst the parent company is Lothian Buses PLC, the sponsorship is in the name

Enrich Physio - Professional Physiotherapists, Edinburgh

Dear Club Representative,
I am a senior sports physiotherapist for a specialist football injury clinic called Enrich Physio and am writing to you to offer heavily discounted physiotherapy services for the players and coaches of your club.

I have a particular interest and specialty in treating footballers as I have spent the last 10 years playing First, Second and Third Division football for Alloa Athletic FC, Brechin City FC and Berwick Rangers FC.  From an academic point of view, I have a Masters Degree in Physiotherapy and an Honours Degree in Applied Sports Science from Edinburgh University.
I have worked in sports injuries for several years and recently worked as an academy physiotherapist at Heart of Midlothian FC before becoming head physiotherapist for Shamrock Rovers FC in Dublin.  Last season I was Head Physiotherapist at Berwick Rangers FC and next season I will be the Head Physiotherapist at Brechin City FC.  My clinic currently provides all physiotherapy services to Edinburgh City FC, Tynecastle FC, Musselburgh Windsor Ladies and Eskmill BC.  I feel I have a unique and specialised skills set which I hope would benefit your players.
My treatment philosophy revolves around educating players, not only about their current injury, but how to avoid this problem and many other issues in the future.  I have a pro-active attitude towards football injuries and use functional movement screens in order to determine biomechanical weaknesses or problems which may be present in players.  I then establish individual programmes for players so that they can fulfil their potential.  Initiating these with young players places them on a firm footing for the rest of their playing careers.
During this initial consultation a full injury history will be recorded followed by a full physical examination, some treatment will then take place and an exercise programme will be issued to the player so that they can remedy the problem themselves.  I will then email my findings and prognosis to the coach of the team they play for to keep everyone in the loop.

I propose a £20 fee for each player/coach visit.
I hope you agree that this is fantastic value for money for what is an extremely high level of service.  It will allow you to offer the players at your club access to immediate, specialist, affordable physiotherapy.
If you would like to discuss this further, please phone me on 07834 237011 or email me on

Kind Regards,
Richard Walker

New sponsor for SERYFA 15s Development Squad

INTERSPORT-Edinburgh has kindly agreed to sponsor the SERYFA 15s Development squad. Thompson’s INTERSPORT, established in 1929, is a family run business, based in the centre of Edinburgh. As a member of the INTERSPORT, the Europe’s leading sports retailer, they have access to all the top sports brands at favourable prices. Their discounts are in turn passed onto to their customers so they can provide the best product at the best price.

Website Menu Applet & Java 7

Those viewers using the menu applet, the dynamic menu on the left-hand side of the home page, for this website will find that Oracle's latest Java 7 will not recognise the class file which runs the menu. This is a known problem, but not a bug, with Java 7. Until Oracle investigate and solve the problem, which affects older applets, the easy solution is to use the no_java page on this website which gives links to all pages. Anyone wishing to continue to use the menu feature can do so by reverting to Java 6. If reverting to Java 6, at your own risk, please read the documentation before doing so.

SYFA-approved First Aid Training
The SYFA will only accept first-aid certification for a training course carried out by an approved provider, which must be not less than 12 hours duration and end with an examination/test. Please see below for details of an approved-provider in our area.
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"I would like to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves. We are Safeaid Training and are a SYFA- approved first aid training provider. We run the most comprehensive 2 day sports first aid course in Scotland and will not be beaten on quality.
Having registered first aiders for your team is a vital part of your club's registration with the SYFA and SFA we are here to provide you with the best possible training for your coaches to ensure they have all the skills to deal with any sporting first aid situation.
Not only will we give you the skills to treat first aid situations as they happen on the pitch we will provide you with the knowledge to be able to assist medical professionals in the rehab of your footballers when they pick up knocks and soft tissue damage.

This quality of training is not provided by any other first aid company and has been designed with youth football in mind
If you would like more information on any aspect of this training then please do not hesitate to contact us at any time."

David Gilmour, Course Director, Tel: 07825 758112, e-mail:

Small Grant Funding For Midlothian Community Groups

Grants of up to £1,500 are available to community groups benefiting Midlothian residents.  This grant has been made available through the Small Projects Regeneration Fund. Details for interested groups can be viewed here (pdf 7 KB).

Fund-raising potential
Brian Mahood, West Lothian Soccer Development Association Secretary, is offering clubs assistance in fund-raising. Please see his offer below:


Whatever you need funds for, a sure-fire way of generating the money you need and have a fun time is to organise a RACE NIGHT!

Minimum cost for maximum profit. As an example, a night with around 60 guests can generate £600 profit!!

If you are interested in using my services to host an event or want more information on what’s involved, give me a call on 07788 753351 to discuss further.

Please note that this offer is published here purely for clubs' information and neither endorsement nor recommendation of the offer by the SERYFA is made or implied.

Sporting Pathways Weekend Tours

Sporting Pathways® has produced a flyer advertising their 'Premiership Weekend Tours' in which our member clubs might be interested. Please click the image above to open their flyer. (.pdf, 204KB)

Sport Scotland

sportscotland announces key changes to Sport Facilities Fund

sportscotland has announced a key change to its Sport Facilities Fund. From 1st April 2010, a new Small Project Fund will be introduced for capital projects with a value up to £100,000. The fund is open to applicants from across the sporting landscape – from clubs, community sport hubs, governing bodies, local authorities and trusts.

This new funding stream will be based on a one stage application process – a move which is designed to make the process easier and quicker for applicants to apply to sportscotland for funding.

In a further development, the fund now offers community based groups the opportunity to apply for 100% funding for their projects – up to a maximum of £50,000 in exceptional circumstances. Successful clubs must demonstrate that their project will have a significant impact on developing sport in the local community and that there is a clear financial need.
For more information, visit our Sport Facilities Fund page to view the guidelines and application form.

The SERYFA Committee fully supports Positive Coaching Scotland in "creating a positive environment in youth sport which focuses on encouraging effort and learning, improving performance and fostering competition which helps young people deal positively with mistakes". Coaches, team officials and parents are encouraged to visit the PCS website to find out more about the newly-formed organisation and what it can offer to youth football in the SE Region.