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updated 4 June 2011

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Armadale Sports Club Soccer School Session, Details from Anton: 07504978187

Armadale Sports Club run a soccer school every Saturday morning at Armadale Community Centre 10.00am to 12.00 noon.

Congratulations to the club for achieving the SFA Quality Mark Standard Award since the last update.

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Issued by Armadale Station Community Development: 3rd February 2010

Armadale Station Gives Kick-Start to Sports Club Under-14s

Armadale Station Community Development has announced its sponsorship of the Armadale Sports Club Under-14s football team

Local Armadale and Blackridge councillor, Isabel Hutton, said: “It is great to see the team getting this vital sponsorship. The commitment and energy given by the parents and coaches, on a voluntary basis, is superb and the boys have done the town proud with their achievements.”

Sandra Carter, of SDA Ltd, developers behind the project, said:  “We see ourselves as integral to Armadale as the various sports clubs and Gala Day, and are very happy to be sponsoring the football team. It is great to see the boys in their new strips and wish them well for the rest of the season.”

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CONGRATULATIONS to Armadale Sports Club's under-15's recent success (on May Day bank holiday weekend, 2009) in the Southport Super Cup where they won the Fair Play award for their good conduct after losing 2-0 to Bournville Boys Club in the final.

An impromptu display in Coia's window to celebrate the local team's success

Armadale Sports Club was formed in 1993. Starting with one team, the club gradually grew to three teams and in 1999 the club was formally constituted and has rapidly grown to its present size of 14 teams, ranging from under 9 to under 19. We hope to add in teams at under 21 and a girls team for 2009.

All our teams play within the leagues run by West Lothian Soccer Sevens and the West Lothian Association of Youth Football Clubs.

A dedicated committee who strive to improve the quality of coaching and facilities available to club members runs the club. As part of the club development plan the committee and coaches started working towards the West Lothian Council Community Sports Club Development Scheme and after assessment by a WLC representative the club were awarded firstly the Access Level and then Community Club status in 2009. This certification confirms that the club has achieved a set standard of efficiency in the fields of Child Protection, Coach Development and Good Practice, Club Management and First Aid. The club have also enrolled on the SFA Quality Mark System and are currently working towards the Standard Award, which we hope to achieve in 2009. The SFA Quality Mark is similar in structure to the WLC award but is football specific.

Our coaching staff give up their spare time to provide our young players with a safe environment in which to enjoy playing football and to learn and improve new skills. They regularly attend coaching courses run by the SFA to improve their own coaching skills so that they can pass on a better standard to their team players. All the courses are funded by the club.

The club at the present time has a membership of over 200 players. Our young players start at age five in the soccer school.  They move through the soccer fours to then play in the development leagues at soccer sevens before moving on up to the competitive eleven a side teams. In 2008 ASC made an affiliation with Hamilton Academical and became part of the Hamilton community initiative.  This has also developed a pathway into the senior game through the youth teams that we hope to see Armadale players take full advantage of in the future.

Over the years our teams have achieved many successes with Armadale Sports Club teams winning league championships and cup competitions with many of our players moving on to play pro initiative football with many senior clubs. In 2008 two former Armadale players made their senior debuts: Daniel Main with Raith Rovers and Mark Ferguson with Alloa. We hope to see many more in the future.

We hope in the future to push Armadale Sports Club forward to achieve full SFA Community Club status and provide all our players with increased and better facilities.