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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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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

Youth Development News

Last night was a momentous occasion for one of our new youth teams.

The 2006/07 team, led by Graeme Anderson, held a signing evening at Carmuirs Park and the players even got to play on the main pitch too. Head of Youth Development Gary Clark and Committee member Allan Morrison were there to support the coaches, players and parents during the evening.

We are thrilled at how many Camelon children are in the team. This is one of the reasons for our youth teams – to support and encourage the talent within our local children as well as involving other talent from across the region too. It’s what we all sign up to when we say we’re a community club and encourage people to “support local”.

Also showing the strength of community and family spirit throughout the whole club, first team striker Kieran Anderson came down to the park and spoke to the children in this young team to encourage them.

Congratulations to all involved and for the new signings, welcome to the CJFC family!

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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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New Head of Youth Development

Camelon Juniors are very pleased to announce that we have appointed Gary Clark as our new Head of Youth Development. Gary has over 15 years coaching experience in youth football and has coached at senior level too.

Gary will be overseeing the task of expanding our youth set-up and working towards achieving S.F.A. quality mark awards.

We’re really pleased to welcome Gary to our team.

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