Baljaffray FC was formed in 2002 to give local children an opportunity and a structure to develop their football skills and teamwork ethic. We have grown to a membership of 118 boys between 8 and 17 years (virtually all of whom reside in the Bearsden & Milngavie area) and it is our aim to recruit a new team of 8 year old every season. All our coaches are fully SFA qualified and either have, or are in the process of securing, full disclosure. We were accredited SYFA Quality Mark in February 2011.
In our short history we are proud to have had two of our players sign senior contracts with Partick Thistle and Motherwell, as well as young players sign for Rangers, Hibernian, Dundee Utd, Falkirk & Motherwell FCs and to have had one of our players captain the Scotland under 14 team. One of our players has also played for the Scotland National Cerebral Palsy team. However whilst the very good young players might be selected for pro youth teams it is left to voluntary organisations such as Baljaffray FC to provide a structure and an opportunity for those who are simply good or keen players. BFC offers training, coaching, competitive and non competitive matches. We have run successful tours to England (four times) and to Italy (twice) giving our members valuable educational experiences during which they conducted themselves impeccably.
Our club is financially sound with each age group contributing financially to the Parent Club and structured so that each age group is responsible for its own fund raising.
Our overheads include equipment, pitch hire, insurance and professional coaching. We rely on subscriptions and fund raising events, most of which are executed by the boys themselves.
Please visit www.baljaffrayfc.co.uk for further information.
Chris McCart; Head of Youth Development, Celtic FC
Gordon Young, Head of Youth Development, Motherwell FC
Tommy Wilson, Head of Youth Development, Rangers FC
Stephen Pressley, Manager, Falkirk FC
Ian McCall, Manager, Partick Thistle FC
Councillor Amanda Stewart, East Dunbartonshire Council
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