Category: Player Pathway

CJFC u20s partner with Pitreavie Pumas

Camelon u20s are excited to announce a new partnership with Pitreavie Pumas u17s who play in the Fife Development league. Agreement has been reached for the Pumas to become a feeder club for our under 20s.

The new relationship between the two teams is fully under way with integration at training, plus some of the Pumas players have represented Camelon u20s in various league games over the past month. Worthy of note was their inclusion in our 11:1 home win against Newtongrange, when Pumas Gregg Clarke scored and Robbie Woodend made his debut with a solid performance.

Both sets of coaches are fully committed to the development of the young Pumas along with the development of Camelon u20s.

The move by Camelon Juniors into the East of Scotland Football League has opened up many new opportunities. Exciting times lie ahead with the Scottish Cup and East of Scotland Premiership next season, plus the fantastic opportunity to play in the u20s League, which is by far the highest standard of Development League for teams within the Central belt.

Announcing this exciting news, u20s Team Secretary, Allan Morrison said “relationships between clubs like this open up fantastic opportunities and new pathways for the development of young players. As well as forming a strong under 20s team, our objective is to get as many of the players into senior football in and around the fantastic East of Scotland Football League.”

Welcome Petreavie Pumas to the CJFC family of teams!

Another win for the under 20s

We’ve been remiss in keeping you up to date with the progress of our under 20s squad, so let’s put that right now.

In the past 4 weeks this new squad has recorded victories against the 2nd and 3rd place clubs in the league. On Friday, they played against a good Dunipace team and, despite the appaling weather conditions as Storm Erik passed overhead, the prospect of a local derby gave the watching crowd an entertaining night.

The first half was dominated by some fantastic football from Camelon and our lads got their reward by going 1 nil up thanks to a Marcus Boyce goal.

The second half was all about Dunipace trying to force their way back into the game and they seemed favourite to score next. But thanks to some excellent pressing play forcing a defensive error, Marcus Boyce was there again to get his and Camelon’s second goal of the night.

Dunipace continued to try to break through a very well disciplined Camelon team but another error, this time from the Dunipace keeper, allowed Sam Colley to get our third goal of the night.

Our lads continued to be on top of the game but credit must be given to Dunipace who didn’t give up, and were rewarded with a goal following some good play that finally broke our defence down. Following that, the game became very scrappy and with 70 minutes on the clock, Dunipace made it 3-2.

But Camelon really showed their growing development and maturity on the park to see the game out and secure the 3-2 victory.

Overall, this match was a great advert for under 20s football from the two local teams.

It’s been great to see some of the under 20s coming through to first team training and being part of match days as well. One of them, Jack Frame, was rewarded with 10 minutes on the field in last week’s first team match and made a good impression.

We wish the players and coaching staff in the under 20s continued success.

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More History in the Making

Camelon Juniors are pleased to announce that, for the first time ever, our Youth Development programme will be entering a team into the Scottish FA Youth Cup.  As this is for under 18s, we’ll be fielding a team that will be a mixture of our under 20’s, under 17’s and under 16’s squads.

We enter in the third round of the Cup and the draw was made today at Hampden.  We’ve received a home tie against last years semi finalists Kilmarnock to be played on Friday 9 November.

This is a really exciting opportunity for our lads and we wish them every success.

You can read more about this cup here.

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Under 20s Transfer News – Jay Buist

We can announce that Jay Buist, who has impressed with our under 20 squad, has joined Oakley United on a months loan.

Oakley play in the East of Scotland Football League Conference A so this move will help Jay gain some valuable first team experience to further his development.

Jay has already featured in two match day squads for our first team this season and is very much on the verge of a break through into the senior team.

We wish him well for this next month.

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More History Making from the mighty Mariners

We are about to make even more history!

This weekend will see the largest number of teams ever playing as part of the CJFC family, as the youth teams seasons kick off.

In addition to our First Team playing their Football Nation Qualifying Cup match at home to Heriot Watt University (the first ever meeting of these teams), we’re so proud to say that six, yes SIX other teams will walk out onto various football parks in the area wearing the CJFC strip.  Here’s a run down of the matches:

Friday evening
Under 20s: Spartans v Camelon Juniors

Saturday
2002s: EDFC Vs Camelon Juniors
2003s: Dalziel Boys Club v Camelon Juniors
2005s: Camelon Juniors v Maryhill Juniors
2006/07s: Syngenta Colts v Camelon Juniors
2008s: Stenhousemuir v Camelon Juniors
2009s: No Game
First Team: Camelon Juniors v Heriot Watt University FC

This is an amazing step forward for a community focussed club with huge ambitions across all age groups. So by way of encouragement, here’s some words from our Head of Youth Development, Gary Clark:

As we are about to start the season with all our youth and children’s sections, I just want to take time to wish all age groups good luck for the forthcoming season.  It has been a mammoth task to get the teams up and running in such a short space of time.

I would like to thank the Chairman, Eric Henry and Club Secretary, Tony Smith, along with the rest of the committee, for their backing and patience in developing the teams to get to this stage.  I also thank them for having the belief in me to build the youth and children’s system at the club.  I would also like to say that the first team management and coaches having been fantastic regarding the children’s and youth teams set up and have given me great support since first joining the club.

While I would love to take the credit all to myself there is one special thank you I would like to make.  This goes to Allan Morrison, the under 20s Development Secretary, who has been fantastic in building the teams with me since I first joined the club.  It really has been a joint effort with a lot of phone calls in getting the teams to this stage to start the season, so, thank you Allan.  I’d also like to thank Club Chaplain, Dan Rous, who has helped in building bridges within the community and schools as we widen our reach locally.

I will finish by saying that when I took the position on as Head of Youth Development, my vision was about getting kids playing football and trying to develop them in the correct way in order for them to play through our pathway or move onto bigger and better things.  As a club we are really moving forward positively.  What we have achieved in such a sort space of time has been fantastic and has been a real team effort.  I am sure going forward, that by adding more age groups to our club, we can achieve great things at Camelon Juniors Football Club and continue to make history.

Kind regards

Gary Clark

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Under 20s Signing News – Jay Buist

Camelon Juniors Under 20s are pleased to announce the signing of Jay Buist.

On securing Jay’s signature, Head of Youth Development Gary Clark said “I am delighted to have signed Jay. He is a fantastic player with a great future at the club and makes a great addition to the squad. I’m sure he will also push for a place in the first team in the near future. For a young player he comes with massive experience in the game having played for clubs including Syngenta and Pennies.”

There’ll be further announcements of even more signings for the under 20s as the season draws near.

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Head of Youth Development Gary Clark welcomes Jay Buist to the club

Camelon Juniors make history

During our East of Scotland Qualifying League match against Eyemouth today, Camelon Juniors once again proved the strength of, and commitment to, our player pathway.  In the 79th minute of the match, and with Camelon leading 7-0, 15 year old Marc Thomson, goalkeeper with our 2003 team, came on as a substitute.  As a result, Marc became the youngest player to step out onto the park for the First Team.  And in the 11 minutes he played, he maintained the clean sheet that first team goalkeeper Dean Shaw had held.

This is a real success for the work the club is striving to do through all our clubs from the 2009’s up to the under 20s and into the First Team itself.  Head of Youth, Gary Clark, said “I am extremely proud of the young lad and the growing player pathway we have.”

After the match, the East of Scotland League tweeted that they thought he might be the “youngest player to date to feature in our league”.  That hasn’t been challenged so we’ll take it!  What an honour for the club and for Marc himself. Onwards and upwards for all.  #weareCJFC #itswhoweare

Marc Thomson stands with Manager Gordon Herd, waiting to make his 1st team debut
Marc Thomson runs on to take his place in goal for the 1st team

The Family Grows

Camelon Juniors are delighted to announce two new youth teams for next season.

We’re thrilled that this year’s Stenhousemuir boys club 2003’s and 2005’s will don the famous Camelon red strips from next season. They will join the CJFC family as an integral part of our player pathway.

Everyone at the club is delighted to welcome the boys, coaches and parents to the family.

With the guidance of Head of Youth Development, Gary Clark, we have more teams coming as shown in part on the flyer below and with more still to be announced! So watch this space to keep up to date with all the latest developments at the club.

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Youth Development News

Camelon Juniors can confirm that we will be entering an under 20s team into the East of Scotland League from the start of the 2018/19 season. Our coaches have been taking in several fixtures from this league over the last few months and they believe we will be entering a strong league with a great pedigree of developing the best of young talent in Scotland.

Head of Youth Development Gary Clark said, “I am very excited going forward with the formation of our under 20s  development team. I think it presents a fantastic opportunity for the club, for the development of our players and any new players coming in to join us at Camelon Juniors. It also gives the club a great player pathway option and entry into the Scottish Youth Cup where we can test ourselves against the best in the country. Overall I strongly feel that having players playing in the development league will further help to strengthen the first team in years to come.  It will also give these players a platform to perform and really show what they can do against other top development teams.”

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A new future beckons

Statement from Chairman, Eric Henry.

Earlier this month the club took the decision to apply to join the pyramid by submitting an application to the East of Scotland League. It’s not a decision we came to lightly but after carefully evaluating the financial options and considering our footballing ambitions, it was felt this was the best way to secure the clubs long term future.

We are also applying for a club licence in order to be a full SFA member.  Being a licenced club has obvious benefits with participation in the “Big Scottish Cup” being one of them.  I’m sure that will be something all of us will look forward to.

There is a great deal of work to be done in order to achieve our aims, and work will begin next week at our ground to ensure we meet the criteria for being a member club.

The decision of taking our place in the 6th tier of Scottish football has been embraced by all at the Club and we are looking forward to a new chapter in our great history.

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