I finally got round to updating the home page for the new season, I wasn’t sure if I was going to continue the blog into this season so there was no rush to update. Now that you are reading this updated home page you know the blog will continue for the time being.
A few weeks into the new season and there is fantastic optimism about the club with the new management team coming in. Some of you may be unaware but the revolution at youth level started earlier when Craig Mulholland took over as Head of Youth at the turn of the year and there was an immediate change of playing style.
There has been further changes with the new management team coming in and some within the structure of Scottish football. On the club side all teams will set out to play the same style and formation as the first team. This won’t happen over night as these players have spent so many years being coached to play an entirely different brand of football. There will also be more games for the youth teams against better quality opposition, with teams already having played in the Milk Cup as well as tournaments in Sheffield and Liverpool.
In the Scottish game there is now a competitive under 17 league and an informal under 16 league which consists of eight clubs, this will further supplement game time at that age group. As you are probably aware I’m not a fan of the Under 20/Development League, so I was pleased to see six under 18’s starting in our opening fixture against Hearts. It looks like the focus on these games will be about developing players and less on results.
The club starts development games against the other Scottish clubs from Under 11’s, with squads at 12’s, 13’s, 14’s, 15’s and of course 17’s which is now competitive.
The four older age groups usually play on Sundays, two at home and two away, again against the same club. These games are 11-a-side and usually consist of three 30 minute periods, the under 17’s being the exception, playing the standard 45 minutes each-way, players can come on and off through out at the age groups below Under 17’s. Directions to Murray Park are shown below. Murray Park is situated on Auchenhowie Road.
No results are recorded or points awarded at the younger age groups, the focus being on (allegedly) player development. The clubs are discouraged from publishing any details/scores from these games. If there is any major news or developments from the younger age groups I’ll post them here.