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

*** We're reinstating our monthly Standing Order payments from Saturday 1 August. Many thanks for your continued support. ***

Torrential rain - Glorious sunshine. We had it all


Full contact football announced by SYFA. Its a longer wait than we’d anticipated, but at least its something to aim for....
Good Morning,
This email has been sent to all club secretaries; please ensure to circulate it with all club and team officials.
I am contacting you following this morning’s announcement that mid-October has been identified as the earliest possible date for competitive matches to resume within the grassroots arm of Scottish football. The full statement can be read below:
I hope that this announcement will greatly assist clubs in their planning and preparation for the new season.
As advised within today’s statement, the return to competition requires many factors to be considered and will be predicated on the continued progress being made in Scotland against the virus and therefore dates are only indicative and subject to change based on public health guidance. The SYFA will ensure to keep members fully up to date with changes, decisions and developments.

The Academy is delighted to announce our 5-day August coaching camp. In order to compensate for loss of 17 hourly coaching sessions, the camp will provide each player with 10 hours of healthy lifestyle activity, added to the 3 hourly July sessions, we’ll have a combined total of 13 hours coaching in readiness for the new season. Our Academy coaching team - Murdo, Roddy, Sal, Ben & Andrew will be facilitating all 5 days and working with all age groups. We’ll be in full pre-season mode and its important that players make as many days as possible. Even better if they register for the full week. This is particularly important for the 2008s , who will transition to full Eleven v Eleven, U13 youth leagues, for the new season. There’s a lot to work on. Academy players should register for the camp via a number of mediums. FB message - Texting the Chairman - club email - via our website. Check our flyer for details.

Our Friday Coaching sessions continue tomorrow - Friday 24 July

Email from our kit suppliers confirming English FA restart plans. It might be that Scotland follows suit......

Special day at Pilrig Park as 30 youngsters finally got back onto the grass for their first session in 17 weeks. Big thanks to Academy coaches, as all the pre-planning leading up to todays sessions, went very well. Players eased themselves back into the activity as if they’d never been away. Well done to everyone. Here’s to next Friday.........

Counting down the hours to Fridays restart. We’ve uploaded an uncomplicated Covid-19 Guidance information flyer for Players/Parents/Guardians. Bryan, Roddy,Murdo, Sal, Andrew & Ben are looking forward to getting back to Pilrig Park, as we prep for the new season...

Although Pilrig Park & school facilities aren’t governed by Edinburgh Leisure, we thought it worthwhile to update on the statement made by City of Edinburgh council on returning to using school facilities.....

*  For community access to high school sports facilities, the current assumption from colleagues in the City of Edinburgh Council is that the earliest date for community access to resume is October 2020. We will update customers as soon as we have any further information. 
• For Edinburgh Leisure venues, we are currently working towards an incremental reopening of groups of venues. However, even when our venues start to re-open, we will not be able to return every activity immediately. It will take time to review how the venue is running to ensure the safe return of all our different customers. As a result, please do not assume any restart dates, venues or activities. We will contact you with further updates and will let you know as soon as we have any confirmation of re-opening for extended lets customers.


** ** Footnote to Edin Leis statement - we annually train outside until clocks change in October. We’d hope schools will open for lets possibly the week after the Oct school hols **

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.......


Pilrig Park * We'll be back soon.....






















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Latest Academy News

February 2020 - U13 Youth Squad Player Appeal

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Thank You..

Our Thanks to Academy sponsors. 80 bottles for academy members

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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Pilmeny Youth Centre
44 Buchanan Street
Leith, Edinburgh


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