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Scottish Youth Cup – First Round Draw

The draw has been made for the first round of the Scottish Youth Cup and we’ve received an away tie against Dunipace to be played on Friday 27 September.

Good luck to our Academy players taking part in this competition.

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Here’s the full Central region draw:

Central Section

Civil Service Strollers v Partick Thistle
Dunipace v Camelon Juniors
Spartans v Stirling Albion
Tynecastle v Inverkeithing Hillhead Swifts

Byes

Alloa Athletic
Bonnyrigg Rose
Kelty Hearts
St Johnstone
St Mirren

Scottish Youth Cup

Once again, we’re proud to be entering a development team from our Academy into the 2019/20 Scottish FA Youth Cup. With our First Team making their first steps on the senior Scottish Cup this weekend, it highlights the commitment from the club and the potential for players to achieve great things on these high profile platforms.

There are a total of 41 clubs participating in the Scottish FA Youth Cup Competition 2019/20. Clubs are regionally placed in Round One to minimise travelling.

The draw will be made on 12 August and we could face any of the following from the Central list:

Alloa Athletic; Bonnyrigg Rose; Civil Service Strollers; Dunipace; Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts; Jeanfield Swifts; Kelty Hearts; Partick Thistle; Spartans; St Johnstone; St Mirren; Stirling Albion; Tynecastle.

In the first round draw, there will be 14 numbered balls (we’re number 3) and 5 ties will be drawn. The remaining 4 clubs will receive a bye into Round Two.

Proposed Dates for Ties:

Round One – Friday 27 September 2019

Round Two – Friday 8 November 2019

Round Three – Friday 6 December 2019

Round Four – Friday 24 January 2020

Semi-Finals – Friday 21 February 2020

Final – Friday 24 April 2020 (TBC)

Youth Development supporting the First Team

This Saturday, 27 April, is Camelon Juniors last league game of their first season in the East of Scotland Football League. The match is taking place at Carmuirs Park and will be a 2:30pm kick off against Craigroyston.

Whilst there are still two cup competitions to play for (Football Nation Cup and League Cup) which will include some home games, we wanted to celebrate this special occasion at the end of an exciting league season. We could think of no better way to do this than to also celebrate the amazing development we’ve seen in our Youth teams.

So this Saturday, all the Childrens’ and Youth teams will be represented at the match and will provide a guard of honour for the first team coming out to start the game. Then at half time, you can watch the younger children in action with a skills demonstration and the Youths will take a lap of honour.

We’d love for as many fans as possible – new and existing – to come along and enjoy the game as well. Gates open at 1:30pm and as usual, our pie hut will provide a range of food, drink and snacks throughout the afternoon. Entry is £6 for adults, £3 for concessions and accompanied under 16s get in for free.

Come and get behind your local team and enjoy a celebration of the CJFC family.

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New Under 20s Manager Appointed

Camelon Juniors FC are pleased to announce the appointment of Crawford Bell as our new Under 20s Manager.

Crawford is a UEFA B candidate coach. His previous coaching duties include youth roles at Falkirk F.C. and Central Football Academy as well as being Assistant Manager at Clyde F.C. Under 20’s and Oakley United F.C.

Club Chairman, Eric Henry, said “I’m delighted to have Crawford on board with the experience and knowledge of youth football that he brings.”

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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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Goalkeeper Jordon Livingstone signs for the club

Camelon Juniors are pleased to announce the signing of Goalkeeper Jordan Livingstone until at least June 2020.

Jordan has featured in a couple of friendlies for the first team and following his signing, has played for our under 20s, enabling the first clean sheet for the squad this season.

Jordan comes with a strong pedigree and has previously been on the books of Stirling Albion and Cambusbarron Rovers, to whom thanks are due for their help in making the signing possible.

Welcome to the Mariners Jordan.

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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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