Redpath Albion/Pilmeny Sports Academy
Redpath Albion/Pilmeny Sports Academy

Sunday 15 May - 2 big games @ Pilrig Park. Our U14s.....League Cup Fixture on Sunday 15 May at home to Musselburgh Windsor. Its the final game in the section. We’ve won all games now sitting on 18 points. However, from our calculations Sunday’s opponents have also won all 6 games and have 18 points. The winners on Sunday look like progressing to the Semi-Finals. If its a draw, its a point each, with both on 19 Pts. Both teams would then have to play-off. Yes, the big games are coming thick and fast

Sunday 8 May - U12s 3v2 Win v Penicuik, loss away at Edin City. Magnificent win for U14s 7-0 v Redhall in their top o the table clash. Wonderful 3 points puts them top of the league....

U14  League cup tie fixtures. Last game on Sunday 15 May to secure a semi-final place.....

Sunday 1 May - U14 & U12 fixtures confirmed


Last weeks visit to Leith Links for our U14s in the Div 3 league cup v Leith Athletic - We came away with a well deserved 3 points, after a 0-3 win....

Our Academy kits landed safely in Mumbai and were well received by local children. Our thanks to Irfan one of our U12 coaches, who travelled to India, and arranged for local association SARA FA to distribute the kits.

Kits now India bound. Irfan flies out to Mumbai at weekend with surplus Academy jerseys for distribution to the local villages. Irfan’s contacts in Mumbai have told us that football boots are also urgently needed. We’ve costed air freight charges and think we can help. When Irfan returns we’ll put out an appeal for any unwanted football boots, all U12 sizes considered, and maybe small cash donations to cover costs of shipment. Well done Irfan, and all players who returned used kits.

After almost 2 years our indoor sessions are back…..

We're Back....

Sunday 9 January - U14 fixture

Winter/Xmas Newsletter 2021

Merry Xmas to all


Academy squads, although continueing with the traditional red/white st riped playing jersey, the playing kit is being  refreshed with new shorts and socks. From Sunday 22 August this will be the official kit for all ESSDA and SERYFA fixtures. Pele & Maradona squads will be issued with the new shorts/socks at tonights coaching session.
** U14s were issued with new socks at last nights game and socks to be worn at Sundays away fixture at Tranent, with current white shorts & red socks. New shorts will be issued at Tuesdays home fixture.

Ours Thanks to U13 coach Tom for this very detailed set of stats highlighting the 13s league and cup winning season.Painstakingly been compiled, and no doubt time consuming, it makes formidable reading. It was a short season, but a memorable milestone for the lads, and indeed the Albion Academy.



U13s Polar Foods Cup Final
We won the Cup! I don't quite know how but somehow we managed to a grind out our hardest fought victory of the season.
Lochend were superb, and in a match that I'm only too well aware could have gone either way it was just a shame there had to be a losing side. For significant spells of the match they had the better of us, and the desire and energy they started with quite simply overwhelmed us. With 20 minutes gone they were 2-0 up and looking like they could score with every break upfield.
But then, finally realising we had a match on our hands, the boys found the reserves of determination and self-belief that I've always suspected they'd have in a crisis. With those reserves alone we managed to claw our way back into the match and end the first half all square at 2-2.
The second half brought no rest for the nerves as we went behind once more, and again we had to dig deep and graft our way back into the match. With 10 minutes to go we equalised, then 2 minutes after that we finally managed to take the lead. Those last 8 minutes felt like 8 hours, and included some heroic defending and a quite stunning save from Hamish as the last kick of the match looked for all the world like it was destined for the bottom corner.
Yesterday evening every one of the Redpath lads, upon realising the match wasn't going to be as straightforward as they'd anticipated, had to make a huge mental adjustment and take personal responsibility for the predicament we were in. To do that at all takes great maturity, but to do it at 2-0 down and with all our pre-match plans in disarray takes unbelievable fortitude and resilience.
Today the boys can walk into school with huge smiles on their faces. I know however that they, and especially the ones with Lochend schoolmates, will acknowledge that the difference between elation and bitter disappointment can be a very fine margin indeed.
Personally, the mixture of relief, emotion and pride I felt after the match was like nothing I've experienced before. It was one of the most memorable evenings of my life. It was also one I never, EVER, want to be put through again!
Coach Tom

Sunday 9 May - U13s Polar Foods, 7-3  Semi-Final win v Edina Hibs....Match Highlights courtesy of Darren......

Reminder that new training kits distributed last week are to be worn at all sessions from tomorrow.......

2021 training kits will be distributed to our 2010s & 2009s at tomorrows session. Players are advised to bring their club bags. U13 players kits will be distributed at next weeks sessions. Friday 19 March & Coaches on Saturday 20 March.

2010s Goalkeeper required.

3 Squads @ Pilrig Park today, all participating in non contact activities. Both 2010 Reds & Whites enjoyed their second session, with our 2009s hitting the grass for the first time this year. despite the lockdown, every player looking the part and back as ‘sharp’ as ever. Well done lads and coaches for your efforts. Now looking forward to next week.....

New player & coaches 2021 training kits, including Goalkeepers, now ordered. Delivery due in 3 weeks......

Very productive 2010s non-contact session at Pilrig Park yesterday. Almost 100% attendance, so well done to both squads for attending. Also big thanks to our coaches for facilitating the sessions. Our 2009s are back next Saturday 6 March @ Pilrig Park 1pm -2pm.

As ESSDA are optimistically, planning ahead with recommending the 7s and 9v9 season kicking off, sometime in March our 2010s coaching teams, are keen to get back out on the parks, and facilitate some “lite” activity for the Reds & Whites squads. From Saturday 27 February non-contact sessions will take place @ Pilrig Park from 1pm to 2pm. I’m sure the boys will be keen to get back, on the grass and enjoy some energetic activities. Please notes, sessions will be skill and ball work based. Sessions will also take please regardless of weather conditions.

Club 2021 Winter News letter. Its a 5 page read, but we’re sure you‘ll find something of interest. Its an uncertain time for our young squads, but we need to plan ahead, and stay positive.

Academy Newsletter - Winter 2021
Club 2021 Winter News letter. Its a 5 page read, but we’re sure you‘ll find something of interest. Its an uncertain time for our young squads, but we need to plan ahead, and stay positive. 1
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Found this on YT. I remember getting a VHS copy from John Ritchie, Hibs community coach at the time, as it was the SFA bringing in the 7s game, and establishing mandatory SFA coaching courses. Must have been early 90s. Opening 12 mins sums up why Scotland badly needed coaches to be qualified. still have the original video kicking about somewhere....

Hi All, hoping everyone had a COVID free start to Jan 2021.
Covid protocols arrived from SYFA yesterday and it’s all pretty predictable. U12s do have option of “non-contact” sessions, but the club feel that additional restrictions relating to adult session supervision, deems this impractical.
We’d lined up 3 friendlies for 24 Jan
* Reds away to Haddington
* Whites away fixture was to be confirmed
* 2009s home to Currie
* 13s were due to restart league fixtures on 10 Jan
All now cancelled.
We’d also booked Pitz Soccer @ Portobello for Friday 15 Jan x 4 pitches, with all club teams booked in from 4pm - 5pm, with Roddy & Murdo happy to supervise some of the sessions. We also had an option to book Fridays 22nd & 29th Jan. These sessions, will now be postponed, unless there’s a big U-turn in Covid guidelines, at next weeks Scot Gov Briefing.
Given the current restrictions, it will be Friday 5th or 12th February, before we can consider resuming, fullcontact U12s sessions. U13s are expected to follow “Adult” COVID restrictions, so we’ll have to hope there’s some movement on U18s restrictions.
This weeks Covid SYFA advice....
“While there is still some scope for under 12s to participate in non-contact group activity, the SYFA strongly recommends that clubs and parents give serious consideration to whether or not such activity is necessary, especially given the pre-existing break for small-sided teams. Should clubs decide to run any sessions for under 12s during this lockdown, it is essential that they adhere to all protocols as detailed within the updated guidance.
Should the situation or guidance change, we will ensure to update you accordingly” Full SYFA/SFA statement can be found @ this link....

No Xmas newsletter this year, but we realise the need to keep all parents aware of current, and future Academy plans. Our Xmas letter outlines most info.

The Academy is now officially closed for the 2020 Xmas break. Yesterdays new Covid announcement, and the extended school return dates, have currently put our New Year restart plans on hold. We’ll post an official update once guidance has been received via SFA/SYFA. On a lighter note, our U13s (2008s) were the last of our Academy squads to receive their club xmas gifts, Back-Packs, with personal squad numbers on Friday, following a fun kick-about at Pilrig Park...?

Who remembers the table-top football game Subbuteo, customised team kits worn by the tiny football figures. Adults of a certain age will remember it well, and no doubt most of the club dads, will have played it at some stage while growing up. Well we’ve joined the esteem ranks of the world-wide Subbuteo teams. Big thanks to our 2009s keeper Louie’s dad, David Curti for arranging to have this set produced. Fantastic attention to detail.....

2010s Whites away to Edin City.....Passing football was great today, some of the best I've seen from the team. Great attitude as ever, great team work and great goals. Also plenty of fine saves from Adam to stop them getting back in at any point. .Speaking to their coach, he thought we would give their Pele team a good game.
Courtesy Coach Mark....
* MATCH REPORT * 2010 v Redhall Star - Coach Paul
Redhall Star v Redpath Albion Reds
Definitely the toughest match this season so far as both teams played out a very entertaining draw. Conditions were difficult with the pitch very heavy and both sets of players struggling to keep their feet at times.
We were not at our best today from a passing perspective, playing only in sporadic phases. When we did pass it we were very fluid and effective, creating some great chances. Redhall had a cracking GK though who pulled off a few fantastic saves.
Today was a performance about desire, guts and the defensive side of the game. Freddie at CB was immense for large portions of the match, almost taking it as a personal insult if an opposition player got past him. Likewise Dan, who was like the Duracell bunny all over the pitch, tackling, harassing, pressing and driving us forward.
All over the pitch we were digging in to win personal battles and that was pleasing to see, especially as we have sometimes been lacking a little in this area in the past.
A big thank you to Oliver and Beau who took a half each in goals, and both done well. The players can take great pride in today’s battling performance and result. It showed that we can compete at this level when our passing game is not quite t here.
Goals today by Charlie & Ahmed (2)
Match Report - Coach Tom
Haddington 2 Redpath 9 (HT 1-5)
The U13s were in sizzling form this morning, putting in by far their best performance of the season and embracing the opportunity to play on what could have easily been an intimidatingly big pitch. Our hosts Haddington were far from a push-over (a really good team in good form) but such was our edge in just about every department that at no time were they able to get any sort of foothold in the game. It was the kind of display that, as a coach, gives you in the enviable problem of not quite knowing what to say at halftime, as "don't change a thing" is not going to fill 5 minutes!
So many commendable performances in the Redpath team today, but if I had to pick out one player it would be Enock. In an attacking midfield role, he treated us to a commanding display, combining strength with a delightful deftness of touch and setting up numerous chances with some perfectly weighted through balls.
If the boys are willing to set today as their baseline for effort, desire and teamwork then they will be more than capable of fulfilling the high expectations we have for them.
Todays Scorers:- Finn (2) - Peter (2) - Robin (2) - Carter (2) - Enock (1)
In light of our new Friday session plans, we anticipated some questions from parents re PYC covid regulations and Scot Gov guidance, and PYC compliance with both....
(1) Scot Gov Guidance on U12s and indoor contact sports...
“Children aged 11 and under are permitted to play organised contact sport both indoors and outdoors. Providers must ensure they operate as per the guidance”
Young people (aged 12 and over) and adults are permitted to play organised contact sport outdoors only.
(2) Both the chairman and Sal will be on the premises at both sessions, and will supervise these sessions. We advise that one team manager from Reds & Whites would ideally be present at each of their teams sessions. We leave it up to the team managers to work out who is in a position to attend, and for them to make that decision. Its an attendance role for team managers only, as due to space restrictions, there will be no skill sessions or recognised coaching. Teams of 3 or 4 will be selected and we’ll just let the boys play.
(3) Boys will be requested to use hand sanitisers situated i n PYC foyer, on entering and leaving.
(4) PYC have a sanitising system in place as reflected in our Covid Risk Assessment, with all touch points encountered during each PYC session, being sanitised between sessions. On a daily basis, and given the very busy programme at PYC the sanitisation of touch points and equipment wipe down is fairly extensive. However the Friday evening Academy sessions will be very manageable. I envisage only parts of the small goals, Front door and hall door handles. Toilet touch points will be sanitised after each individual toilet visit. Only the lower level small disabled toilet is being used.
Three points worth noting:-
* The Friday evening sessions are optional, and attendance isn’t compulsory.
* A team management presence is being advised as we require to adhere to Academy & PYC Child Protection guidance, with 2 adults required in the hall, during both sessions.
* If either of the sessions encounter low attendance levels, we‘ll have no alternativ e, than to cancel, future sessions
PM - Text or email if you have any questions Re the above content..
Academy Chairman

2008 (U13s) peter free kicks Bonnyrigg Rose - 18/10/2020

2010s Whites away at Castlevale - 18/10/2020

2010 Maradona Goalkeeper Appeal

Team Track n Trace officers
2008s * Team Covid Officer - Nick Barton
2009s * Team Covid Officer - David Paterson
2010 Reds * Team Covid Officer - Scott Duncan
2010 Whites * Team Covid Officer - Mark Davidson

As our 2009 squad prep for the new 9v9 season we’re recruiting a few players to boost the squad. Contact details on our flyer.....

Our current U13 (2008) squad all now officially signed and registered with the SYFA. We still need 3 players to add to our squad of 13 registered players. Based on our recent 9v9 (Maradona) level last season, we’ll play in the SERYFA Div 4. Any player wanting a new challenge, and based in the greater Leith area, please get in touch. Check flyer for details......

August Coaching Camp - Torrential rain - Glorious sunshine. We had it all

We’re Back. Academy sessions restart on Friday 17 July. Check poster for Times. We’ll be applying Covid-19 safety restrictions and complying with Scot Gov/SYFA guidance during sessions, and we’ll be uploading more details as the week progresses. Information will also be listed on our club website

At last the Green Light...We’ll post details of Friday the 17 July restart here, and on Our FB page over the weekend...Stay patient, we’re only a week away...

Our Academy players officially break for school holidays. And as we ease out of what has been a crazy period of lockdown, our P7s (2008s) will have mixed emotions as they forego emotional goodbyes to classmates and teachers. They’re a squad of strong characters and I’m sure they’ll make a smooth transition to high school life.....We’ll have good news for all Academy teams over the weekend. Watch this space

Academy Player Development Coaches Roddy & Murdo share their fun video produced for 3v2 Soccer Academy members...


Irfan (Dad) and Saif (Son) U10 Academy player enjoying Pilrig Park For a light ball skill session. Anybody else? Forward any short vids and with your permission we’ll get them online....

Hope everyone is staying positive.....We’ve been relatively busy behind the scenes dealing with off-field issues. Our ongoing “negotiations“ with CEC Green Spaces dept re our vision for Pilrig Park and our long-term aims to get our youth teams back playing at Pilrig, took a positive turn, when CEC agreed to support our plans, to increase the dimensions of the current playing area. Once we get the go ahead to start playing, CEC will undertake the work, and our youth teams will come back to PP. Part 2 of our long-term vision is to site a new 60x40 7s playing area, on a section of the original big pitch. The CEC have agreed in principal to carry out the marking and maintenance of the new 7s site, although a cost for this work has still to be agreed. In addition, local group Friends of Pilrig Park will be required to endorse the Academies application, before CEC will proceed. We’ve had 2 fairly in-depth discussions with the Chair of the friends group, and a consultation process involving their members, and residents with a community interest, will be undertaken very soon. We’ve also proposed that the playing area would ideal for community use, especially during school hours by the three local schools. The new area would accommodate, not just 7v7 football, but any sports activity that requires boundary lines, such as Unihock - Rounders - Quick Cricket etc. Pilrig Park school have responded very positively to the proposal. We’ve put together a small video of archive actions shots illustrating the youth and senior games the club enjoyed over the years at Pilrig Park....We’ll keep everyone updated. Stay Safe

Ariel view of proposed new 7 v 7 area

We’ve decided to have a wee bit of fun with our Academy Coaches. We asked them to look back at their early football days. 3 Questions and answers...Oh and to add a pic of them in their football kit. * Pause vid to read *

Albion Squads going way back. Senior, Youth and Academy. There’s bound to be a Dad, Grandad, Brother or Neighbour among these Squads.......


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New Shorts Sponsor

The Academy is delighted to announce additional sponsorship from local community company, Wayne Sutherland Joinery Services. Wayne’s company brand will be displayed on our Academy and youth squads shorts.

2009s recruiting

Players born 2009 required to enhance our current squad. The squad will be increasing in size as we build towards the 9 v 9 season.Details in our flyer.

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