5 a sides tonight (Sunday 31st March), 6-8pm Scalloway Games hall, thanks to Emma for keeping the scores last week.
I’ll take Sponsorship forms for the fundraiser, which is this coming Friday! I ken it’s short notice but we’re used to that by now!
What we’re doing is like the Olympic flame thing but with a ball, starting at Unst, through Yell and onto Lerwick for the NorthLink ferry to Orkney, through Caithness, Inverness, Dingwall, Ullapool and ending up in Lewis, brief ferry timings for the Shetland leg below:
Get to Baltasound and start the ball’s epic journey from Scotland’s most northerly football pitch.
Onward travel to meet the NorthLink ferry for a 17:30 departure to Orkney.
I’ll sort out permission from the SIC Ferries for taking pictures, etc. Finella has been in touch with NorthLink but I’ll get confirmation that all is okay with them.
The point of this is to raise some funds but also to highlight the geographical challenges we face in the Highlands & Islands just to get a game of fitba!
This will mean committing most of Friday but if we can swap a shift, get a day off, whatever, it’ll be worth it.Ladies Football
Right Lasses now that I’m back from snowy Serbia we need to get moving on this fundraiser for the Tournaments that are fast approaching!
Email below from Finella:
HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS EPIC WOMEN’S FOOTBALL FUNDRAISER
On Friday the 5th of April four women’s football clubs from around the Highlands and Islands will begin an epic fundraiser to raise money for Highlands and Islands Women’s Football Tournaments.
The fundraiser will see a football travel over 400 miles from Unst , the most northerly island in Shetland, down through Shetland, onto Orkney and Caithness, before crossing the Minch from Ullapool to Stronoway.
The Clubs from Shetland, Orkney, Caithness and Lewis will run the ball in an Olympic torch, relay style through their own respective areas before passing it on to be transported to the next Club.
Clubs will use this epic event to raise funds through sponsorship. These funds will assist clubs in travelling to four Highlands and Islands Women’s Tournaments which will be held at the Highland Football Academy in Dingwall over the summer season.
Finella Annand, of the Scottish FA, who has organised the event said;
“It is a great way not only to raise funds for the clubs but also to raise awareness to the geographical barriers teams from remote areas of the Highlands and Islands face. All the clubs dedication and attitude to developing women’s football has been fantastic and hopefully this fundraiser can help them financially when travelling to tournaments this
year. The tournaments are important as they allow Clubs to play competitive 11-aside football which any team knows is important to individual and collective development”
Now that we’re starting to get somewhere with the fitba, how about we get together and have a proper meeting as there are some things we need to discuss, we’ve got some money coming is so we could hire a room in Islesburgh for an hour? This wouldn’t be to look for people to take responsibility for anything, just to get opinions on things that are, or may, be happening. Shall we provisionally go for Tuesday 26th Feb 7pm and I’ll be happy to chair this meeting? Could do with as many opinions as possible, so please clear your diary or suggest a more suitable time? This will be open to anyone interested in giving their opinion, or anyone who wants to find out more about what’s happening in Girls/Women’s football in Shetland.
Things to discuss:
Gramsbergen (urgently, or I’ll have to cancel our invitation and we’ll loose our free chalet!)
Highlands & Islands tournaments, fundraising, hosting a tournament here, etc.
How Women’s football here is going to fit in with the proposed Shetland Football restructure.
Island Games (Jersey 2015)
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Remember the 5 a side league starts this Sunday, 6-8pm at Scalloway Games Hall, come along on the night to give it a go! We want this to be as enjoyable as possible so there will be experienced players available to help your team, it’s not in anyone’s interest to have weak or inexperienced teams or, indeed, very strong teams, we want every team to have a chance of winning their gameFootball, Girls Football, Ladies Football
5 a sides resume tomorrow ladies! (Sunday 13th) 6pm at Gilbertson games hall. Remember the new indoor 5 a side league begins on Sunday 3rd February 6pm at Scalloway games hall, still time to get a team together or get in touch and we’ll find a team for you.Football, Girls Football, Ladies Football
For some time now we’ve been looking into getting a new strip to replace the old one which has seen better days, and extensive trawling of the internet has led us to go for a Puma kit. Puma also do a range of training wear which look really smart and has generated quite a bit of interest from players so we’re looking to put in an order for the items in the attached document (those going on the Gramsbergen trip are getting a tshirt as part of this)
Terms & Conditions
The attached prices are for at least 7 of any particular item, if we order less than 7 it’ll cost more
Delivery is £20 per order so the more we order the cheaper it’ll be in total
You can order whatever you want on the attached document and as many of them as you want
Payment is strictly cash up front before the order is accepted
The sizes are mens sizes from XXSmall to XXLarge
The order will be placed on Tuesday 8th May and no exceptions will be made
So if you want to be the best looking team bar none, dig deep in that purse and get yourself kitted out in some top quality gear!
Where – Kirkwall
When – Saturday 15th/Sunday 16th September
Preparations are underway for the annual Intercounty, we’re hoping to have a full ‘A’ and ‘B’ squad traveling and we’ll be staying in the Orcades Hostel in Kirkwall.
This year we’ll have to raise our game somewhat if we want to get anything from our trip to Orkney, so we’ve started in plenty of time by having an informal kick about at Clickimin Kick-about area every Sunday at 6pm (£1 towards club funds please) Outdoor training will commence on Tuesday 17th April 6pm at Clickimin Kick-about area (again £1 towards club funds please) and will run right up until the Intercounty. These are open to any interested female players regardless of perceived ability, so please feel free to come along and have a go, if the Intercounty’s not for you then you’re still more than welcome to come along.
We are conscious of the fact that Orkney, to their credit, are training and playing regularly which has made them a greatly improved outfit compared with what we’ve been used to in the past. We, on the other hand, have barely kicked a ball since since our last Scottish Cup action 3 years ago and last years ‘B’ team defeat should have given us the wake up call we needed to make us realise that the days of ‘turn up and win’ are long gone.
With this in mind we now realise that there needs to be fundamental changes to the local football before we can even think about County level. We need to have some regular football being played, initial thoughts are to occasionally book a pitch and make two even teams from those that come along? but perhaps you have an idea/opinion on how to stimulate some interest? If so please get in touch. It needs to be much more incumbent on players to turn up for training/games as squads will be selected from those attending training/games and not on what you did 3 years ago! We appreciate that work/family/education commitments will be an issue but where there’s a will there’s a way and the Intercounty is nearly 6 months away so the time is there. Indications are that there is some strong interest from a core group of experienced players which is encouraging, there’s plans being discussed regarding fundraising towards getting a new strip and trying to attract a sponsor so there is hope for the future.
Derrick and John will be running regular training sessions every Tuesday evening, there’s the informal kick about on Sundays and we’ll be arranging games in the build up to the Intercounty so there’s ample chances to get some game time in. Our feeling is that if attendances at training are consistently poor and/or we can’t get at least 22 players to turn up for some semi-regular games then we will not be sending a team to Orkney to contest the Intercounty and we really don’t want that to happen.Football, Ladies Football
There is now football training for girls, primarily aimed at 12 – 16 years old, at Sandwick Games Hall on the following Sundays:
05/02/12 2pm – 4pm
12/02/12 No Booking
19/02/12 3pm – 5pm
26/02/12 No booking
04/03/12 3pm – 5pm
11/03/12 2pm – 4pm
18/03/12 2pm – 4pm
25/03/12 3pm – 5pm
01/04/12 2pm – 4pm
08/04/12 2pm – 4pm
15/04/12 2pm – 4pm
22/04/12 No Booking
29/04/12 2pm – 4pm
This is open to any girls who would like to have a go at football and will cost £1 per session, it’s hoped that the last session would be a five-a-side tournament as there has been enquiries from teams in Scalloway and Brae. If you would like to find out some more please email us. There’s no need to book a place or anything just come along and give it a go!Girls Football
The long awaited game verses the Coffin Dodgers is taking place on Sunday 4th December with a 3pm kick off at Clickimin North Park
This should be a good fun and all players are encouraged to make every effort to come along, even if you can only make a half. Please be at Clickimin Changing rooms by 2:30pm so we’re not hanging around waiting on people turning up, could you also bring £2 please as we’ll share the cost of the pitch hire. The weather will be fine, honest!
We are also going to have a committee meeting very soon in an effort to get things going again before the season starts.Football, Ladies Football