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

Redpath Albion/Pilmeny Sports Academy. Where memories last forever.

Redpath Albion - Pilmeny Sports Academy. Promoting the 3 F's....Football * Friendship * Fun * Leith, Edinburgh.

Our best wishes to Academy coach co-ordinators Roddy & Murdo who fly out tomorrow to take part in Sunday’s Prague Marathon. Roddy can now add Prague to Edinburgh London & Paris. Good luck guys.....

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With Easter Eggs all gone, school holidays over, the Academy is back on Friday. Usual times - Usual venue - Full club kit as usual. Take note:- We’ll now be out on the grass and football boots will be preferred However, we’d advise that indoor footwear, should also be available, just in case any wet weather, results in sessions having to be held indoors.....

PVG News - Due to the SYFA destroying 14 PVG forms delivered to Hampden on 4 January 2018, we have no alternative but to go through this process a second time.... Our new PVG evening is planned for this Friday 23 March @ Pilrig Park School - 6pm. Our grateful thanks to Roger Child Protection Officer at ESSDA for his quick response to our urgent appeal. Please see attached note advising on personal documents each applicant is advised to produce at Friday's PVG session.....

All Club 7s games cast for Sunday 18 March 2018 have been postponed

Work ended at Pilrig School so Coaching sessions return on Friday 16 March. Usual times. Also

No games this Sunday .....

ESSDA 7s Fixtures


Academy soccer 7s games put on hold.
We've been advised by ESSDA our 7s association, to cancel all 7s/8s/9s fixtures until our SYFA registration is confirmed. Its a huge disappointment for us, but the situation is a PVG issue. 14 Academy volunteers attend our PVG night on 18 December 2017, facilitated by the ESSDA Child Protection officer. These were forwarded to SYFA in good faith. We were then instructed to register our new club officials with the SYFA. Over Xmas /New year the SYFA website was under reconstruction and we were unable obtain login details until the site was ready. When the site became live in mid January it was beset with problems, with dozens of clubs expressing frustration and their failure to register. The Academy had an added problem - There was no online portal available to register "New Clubs". Early February, we made some online progress. We duly registered with ESSDA and were allocated fixtures. The SYFA processed our registration application, but advised us that "club officials did not possess SYFA PVG accreditation"? We asked about the 14 forms sent in December and This was the SYFA email response from the SYFA Operations Officer:- 

Further to your email, I can confirm that if forms were received from Roger for your officials then these forms would have been destroyed. As I discussed with you on the telephone, we are unable to process forms for anyone who is not on our registrations system – this would be a breach of the law as you cannot process forms for anyone who is not in your membership or employment. Additionally, we cannot check that forms match the club.  
I appreciate that you were unable to progress your club registration until February 2018 and I am unsure of why this was the case until I speak to Myra on her return to work from annual leave. However, clubs have been able to be registered since December 2018.
Unfortunately we cannot undestroy forms that have already been destroyed, therefore, your officials will need to complete their PVG applications again.  
Kind regards

* Outcome is due to 14 forms being destroyed we are having to plan another PVG night next week. We're hoping to begin fulfilling fixtures very soon.
NOTE:- All our lead coaches are PVG accredited via their employers and Pilmeny Youth Centre. It seems daft that these aren't seen as valid by the SYFA, but that's the position.

Pilrig Park Coaching Session

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