BSC Glasgow FC Pathway Academy (June 2020)

The Club will be establishing new talent identification squads as part of our player pathway towards our professional Lowland League team. (Tier 5 of Scottish Football Pyramid).

BSC already has an Under 20s team playing in the SLFL Friday night development league under the governance of the SFA.

We will establish three new age groups as part of our player pathway.  BSC Youth players and children from other Clubs will be selected to play in development games. These Players will still train and play with their own teams as before, this will not replace their regular football.

Notes

  • The squads are to be drawn from across two age groups. i.e. for the U13s it will be U13s & U12s.

  • The project will require us to secure new funding by way of sponsorship and grants so that it will not detract from the Club resources.
  • Academy Team coaches will liaise with team coaches about players they want to invite along, and in turn the Club will contact parents for permission.
  • Children will be invited to join these squads, but participation will be optional. We want parents and players to understand that the team that they train and play for is their priority commitment to the Club.
  • BSC believes that the bonds Players have with their Coaches and teammates are of the greatest importance as they go through adolescents. One of the biggest criticisms of Pro Youth Academy’s is the detrimental effects of isolating from your peers and the stress on family life when all energy is focused on one child. Not withstanding the pressure on the Child being in an environment where failure is more often than not the outcome.
  • Selection for the squads does not involve ‘signing’ for a new team and some players will play on occasion and others on a regular basis. We do not want this to become divisive so understanding that this is not a defining moment for any player is important. We should not get carried away.
  • Currently the U20s train together twice a week. It is expected that the U17s will eventually be set up in the same way. (This is under consideration by the SLFL) We do not expect this to apply to younger players going forward for the reasons we have outlined.

The Pathway Academy will need Coaches and Support staff. This may be something that our existing Coaches and Helpers can become involved in. This will be helping to make our Club stronger and getting home grown talent into the First team is the objective.

Please contact our head Coaches or the Club directly if you have any questions

GRASSROOTS/COMMUNITY FOOTBALL — RE-INTRODUCTION

Scottish Football’s Joint Response Group announced on 20 April the creation of a number of sub groups to investigate the ‘Operational steps necessary to restart football’.

With the announcement on 21 May 2020 of the COVID-19 Framework for Decision Making ‘Scotland’s route map through and out the crisis’, the Scottish FA Grassroots Sub Group will work with internal and external stakeholders, including the Scottish Government to plan for the restart of football when safety measures allow. In line with Scottish Government guidelines and Scottish Football’s Joint Response Group ALL football in Scotland remains suspended until at least 10 June. When football does resume, it seems beyond question that additional measures will need to be put in place.

While that work is being carried out, a ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ document has been created to answer ongoing questions and queries regarding grassroots football.

The Grassroots Sub Group was established to ensure when government guidelines permit that processes are in place to allow football under the jurisdiction of the Non Professional Game Board to restart. The Grassroots Sub Group is working towards the creation of a framework to help support the re-introduction of community grassroots football and training.

View the Frequently Asked Questions

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SYFA Update to Clubs

2019/2020 Season

Following extensive discussions, the Board has made the decision that no further league fixtures should be played as part of the 2019/2020 season, therefore drawing the 2019/2020 season to a close.

The Coronavirus Joint Response Group’s update, issued on the 9th April, advised that the suspension of all football in Scotland had been extended until at least the 10th June 2020.  Should football activities recommence on this date, this leaves less than three weeks of the standard season remaining. There is no feasible way of squeezing training and fixtures into this small window. We must also remember that this date signifies a best case scenario, and there is still a strong possibility that it may get pushed further back.

The Board also considered extending the 2019/20 season beyond the summer, however this doesn’t appear to be practicable. Not only would it raise issues with registrations and insurance, it would also result in problematic scheduling matters from a league perspective, in trying to hurry through one season (with a recommencement date still unknown), only to immediately restart the next. There is also the substantial likelihood that players may face an unnecessary overload of games at the beginning of the new season which would go against child wellbeing and player development best practice.

Football under the SYFA’s jurisdiction is age-specific, and each age level brings changes and challenges in terms of both development and match duration. We all must accept that the 2019/2020 season has been unexpectedly and irrefutably disrupted due to the current circumstances, however, by ending fixtures now, we stand the best chance of restarting the 2020/2021 with as little delay or disruption as possible.

It is at each league’s discretion how they choose to calculate final placings, and we would expect teams to give their full support and patience as their league works through this.

Referring back to the matter of the 2020/2021 season, I am pleased to inform you that league, club and team registrations will open in early May. We are finalising matters with the IT department and hope to announce the specific date on which the window will open in the coming days. 

We would stress that members should only register if the relevant club and / or team secretary is already in a position to execute the task from home. Under no circumstances should officials be meeting up in order to prepare for their membership application. Teams unable to register at this stage will not be disadvantaged however those that are able to register will be assisting their fellow members in doing so.

Opening early helps to prevent an unmanageable number of applications being submitted within a very short space of time, which would likely be the case if we held-off opening registrations until an official restart date had been confirmed. This could lead to further delay and, ultimately prevent teams getting back to games at the earliest possible opportunity. It also allows leagues and clubs who are in a position to do so, to complete the administrative side of things well in advance, ensuring football itself can be their key priority down the line.

Full details of the registration process, including player registrations, will be confirmed once finalised with both the IT and Registrations departments at the Scottish FA.

Cup Competitions

Rule 84 of the Supplementary and Playing Rules allows for special permission to be granted to complete unfinished cup ties:

Exceptionally, in the case of unfinished Cup Competitions, special permission may be granted by the SYFA for delayed Cup ties to be played on or after 1 August in the following season. Only players who were eligible to play for the teams involved in a delayed Cup tie at 15 June in the preceding season may play in such Cup tie for which special permission has been granted.

Whether or not it is possible to complete cup ties will depend entirely on when football activities can resume. If it is possible to complete cup competitions by Sunday 6th September then we will grant approval to complete competitions, giving priority to the inspiresport Scottish Youth FA Cup, followed by regional competitions and then league cup competitions.  

There is a strong possibility that even if we can resume activities in June, league cup competitions will not be completed due to time and facility restrictions. Again we expect teams to fully support their league in whatever decision is reached.

If football has not resumed before August, 2019/2020 cup competitions, including the inspiresport SYFA cup, will not be completed.

AGM

Extensive work has also been carried out in relation to the AGM which is due to take place in June. We have still to receive further clarification from our legal advisors regarding the meeting itself, and will provide you all with a further update on this in due course.

Rule 11 of the Supplementary and Playing rules outlines the process for members to submit resolutions for the AGM:

Notice from a member of any proposed addition or alteration to the Supplementary & Playing Rules to be put forward for consideration at the Annual General Meeting must be sent by Recorded Signed for or Special Delivery by the proposer and seconder in separate letters, signed by the respective secretary of the member club, league or association proposing and seconding, to the SYFA c/o National Secretary, before the 30th day of April in the then current year. Notice from a member of any other Resolution to be brought before an Annual General Meeting must be sent in like manner before the 30th day of April in the then current year.

Given the current situation, the Board has temporarily amended this rule. As we do not currently have access to our Hampden office, resolutions must be submitted via email to the National Secretary. The following process must be followed:

1.  Resolutions must be attached to emails in the form of a letter, and sent to Florence.Witherow@scottish-football.com by 30th April 2020.

2. Emails from both the proposer and seconder must be sent from the registered email address of the league or club secretary.

3. Resolutions must be signed (either via verified electronic signature or scanned copy of signed letter)

4.  Hard copies of letters must be retained by the sender for retrospective verification.

5.  National Secretary will confirm receipt of resolution.

We would ask that any members who have submitted resolutions via postal delivery on or after 19th March 2020 resubmit these using the process above.

Summer Football

We also want to take this opportunity to raise the matter of summer football. Some of you will be aware of the petition regarding switching our 11 a side age groups from a winter season to a summer season. In addition to this petition we have also received three emails from club officials supporting this change.

Such a change would require extensive consultation and planning, and would be a huge undertaking for ourselves and our league volunteers. Our current structure, resources and IT provision are all currently set up for the dual- season system and implanting such a change at a national level is clearly a broad and complex undertaking. However, we have a duty to listen to our members and respond appropriately and responsibly to such suggestions and as such will be conducting an extensive consultation project, initially with our member leagues, in order to discuss the practicalities of this suggestion.

We sincerely hope that you are all well in these unprecedented times, and thank you for your ongoing efforts and commitment.

Kind regards,

Florence
(On behalf of the Scottish Youth FA Board)

BSC Food Bank

Thank you for your continued support!
We’d like to thank our BSC members and the local community for the fantastic response thus far to our Food Bank Donation Appeal.    For those who have donated cash, we have a full load ready to go to those in need direct from the wholesaler.   Whilst we are grateful for the support, there is still many people out there who are in desperate need of our help!   

We have volunteers at the ready to come and safely collect food bank donations, please just drop us an email at mail@bscglasgow.co.uk or give us a call on 0141 339 3606 to arrange.

Donate Your Ticket To Support Back Onside

We know you miss football, and we do too but unfortunately it looks like it might be a while before we’re back on the pitch.

We also know that this is a tough time for a lot of people who are locked down or working in key industries trying to keep everything running at this incredibly tough time.

In order to try and do what we can, we’ve partnered with Donate A Ticket to allow our supporters to buy a ticket as they would on a Saturday, but instead of the funds going to the club, we’ll be donating them directly to mental health charity Back Onside.

The demand for mental health services is expanding exponentially at the moment, and if you can spare the cost of admission to one or two of our matches then you rest assured that it’s going to help people who are affected by their mental health or their circumstances in these strange times.

Support us and Back Onside at Donate A Ticket


(All proceeds from this campaign will be donated to Back Onside Charity No. SC048082)

Joint Response Group Update

We have a short update from the Scottish FA/SPFL Joint Response Group with regards to COVID-19.

Following today’s meeting of the Joint Response Group, and further to conversations over the weekend with our Medical Consultant, Dr John MacLean, it has become apparent that clubs are still convening training sessions against the guidance of the Scottish FA.

We take this opportunity to remind members in the strongest possible terms that they desist from conducting training sessions under their auspices. Not only is this against the guidance issued throughout the game but it also goes against the government and UK Chief Medical Officers’ advice to delay the spread of coronavirus [COVID-19].

Ian Maxwell, Scottish FA Chief Executive: “I would urge our members, and especially our Affiliated National Associations responsible for grassroots football, to ensure clubs observe social distancing guidance outlined by government.

“While many of the instances have been anecdotal, I have seen it for myself this weekend. Please stop it. I urge everyone involved in the game to do what we can to safeguard public health as best we can.

“The message from the First Minister, which was reiterated today, could not be clearer when she said ‘the advice that is being given to people is not to be seen as optional’. That applies to football as it does across society.

“We have been in touch today with Jason Leitch, Scotland’s National Clinical Director, and his message is equally clear: do not gather in groups. He also outlined the importance of exercise but that it is done alone, or in very small family groups, whilst observing social distancing guidelines, and advised people to look at the many online classes now offered.”

The Joint Response Group asks that stakeholders circulate this document as widely as they can. Please send this to as many as possible; clubs, parents, players, match officials, staff and supporters.

We consistently say that football is a force for good, let’s use that power to spread this message far and wide.