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Change of Office for LYF

Livingston Youth Foundation are in the process of moving to a new office space. We are currently based in temporary office space and request that all mail correspondence be sent for our attention to:

Livingston Youth Foundation, Energy Assets Arena, Alderstone Road, Livingston, West Lothian, EH54 7DN

We are also awaiting our new telephone number so request that all contact is made through email – info@lyf4football.org.uk or via our Facebook page.

Thank you in advance

Christmas Party

Its Chrissstmmassssss!

Once again LYF will be holding their annual children’s Christmas party at Livingston Football Club.

The party is open for both boys and girls from the age of 4 to 13 years old.

The party goers will be able to dance, play games, have some food and meet some special guests!

To find out more please click here: LYF_XmasParty_online

Football Nation kits out our Micro Academy Coaches

Hot of the press – The Micro Academy coaches have been fitted out in the best of kit through our new kit sponsor Football Nation.

Football Nation are one of the UK’s leading specialists in football team shirts, football merchandise, teamwear, training wear and kits along with match and training equipment.

If it is football you are interested in; Football Nation is the place to go!

You can find the Football Nation on the web or why not visit their store in Edinburgh which is open 7 days a week.

Football Nation also have a specialist teamwear facility at Peffermill Business Parc which is open Monday to Saturday.

Click on the logo below to visit Football Nation’s web site.

Football Nation Main (400 x 190)

New Initiative – Goalkeeping Academy

Goalkeeper Academy

LYF are committed to improving the standard of footballers through out the county of West Lothian and our newest bespoke initiative caters for a playing position that is often forgot about.

We have created a specialised Goalkeeping Academy which will provide the opportunity for children aged between 8 and 16 years old to work on developing their skills including shot stopping, handling, positioning and shape.

A goalkeeper is ultimately the last line of defence but can also be the first line of attack, mastering this position requires skill and training.

Our Goalkeeping Academy will run over 9 months of the year and will be taken by Ian McCaldon who is an ‘A’ Licensed Goalkeeping coach and former professional goalkeeper with Livingston FC, Oxford United, Chester City and Ross County.

Ian is also the current Scotland Ladies Goalkeeping Coach.

Participants will work on a number of different aspects including but not limited to:

  • Positioning
  • Handling
  • Footwork
  • Diving
  • Shot stopping
  • Recovery saves
  • Reflex saves
  • 1v1
  • Dealing with crosses
  • Distribution

The first session will take place on Thursday the 2nd of October 2014.

You can find more information and download the application form here:

LYF Goalkeeping Academy Application Form

So if you want to train like the best and perform like the best call Livingston Youth Foundation on 01506 602 597 or email info@lyf4football.org.uk to secure your place.

Reminiscence Programme

Over the coming months the Foundation will be launching a number of new and exciting initiatives that link directly into one of the organisations key aims – Engaging Communities.

The Foundation are delighted to present our:

Reminiscence Programme

The Reminiscence Programme from LYF has been designed to support adults who have Dementia. The LYF programme involves participants in a number of sporting and football related activities, specifically suited to their individual abilities. At the heart of all of these activities, LYF will utilise the powerful tool of reminiscing as a way to communicate with the participants who take part. The initiative will take place on a monthly basis (two groups) with each session lasting for a maximum of two hours. The programme will span eight months in total.

LYF’s reminiscence programme is unique as we will be involving students from local high schools throughout West Lothian in the groups and sessions. The Sixth Year students will provide a ‘buddy’ system to the participants who take part in the initiative.

An essential part of the ‘buddy’ system is that the students will be collating a personal memories book that will record the participant’s interactions throughout the programme and will be presented as a keepsake at the end of the programme. The students also benefit from learning about Dementia, gaining a sense of community and their relationship with it.

The first local high school to take part in the initiative is Inveralmond Community High School. The students have taken part in their training activities and are now ready for the sessions to begin. Below is a photograph of a selection of the students who are taking part in the programme:

ICHS Reminiscence Initiative (400 x 227)

LYF will be working closely with Football Memories (Alzheimer Scotland), West Lothian Community Health and Care Partnership and Livingston Football Club. The programme is funded by the SPFL Trust.

LYF Reminiscence Programme Information Leaflet

If you would like more information on the Reminiscence Programme or how to become involved please call LYF on 01506 602 597 or email info@lyf4football.org.uk

 

 

Good luck Shaun

shaun-scobie

It is with mixed emotions that the Foundation need to announce that our long serving full time Community Coach, Shaun Scobie will be leaving the organisation.

Shaun has been delivering a wide range of our projects and activities since the Foundation was formed. His commitment and professionalism has been second to none, and there is no doubt that he will be missed.

Shaun has been offered the opportunity to further advance his coaching career in the USA with Kitsap Pumas.

Kitsap Pumas is a professional football team, or soccer as the American’s like to call it, based in Bremerton, Washington. The club was formed in 2008 and plays in the USL Premier Development League or PDL for short.

The PDL is the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference.

Shaun will be taking up the role of Technical Director and Assistant Coach to the 1st team.

Although we are sad to see Shaun leave, we can’t hold him back form this great opportunity.

Everyone at the Foundation would like to wish Shaun good luck for the future and we are looking forward to our “vacation” invites!

Shaun’s last activity for the Foundation will be leading the Summer Camp being held on the newly upgraded filed turf at the rear of the Energy Assets Arena in Livingston.

The camp runs from Monday the 21st of July until Friday 25th of July. We have a half day camp running from 10am until 12 noon and a full day camp running from 10am until 3pm.

We still have places available on each course and it would be a great way to say goodbye to Shaun. Shaun’s last day will be on Thursday the 24th of July.

If you would like to attend the course please contact us on info@lyf4football.org.uk

 

Futsal Coaching Opportunities with LYF

Livingston Youth Foundation are delighted to announce that we are currently looking to recruit a number of new coaches to join our team.

The new coaching roles will be based throughout West Lothian and will deliver the Foundations new Primary School Futsal Initiative.

West Lothian currently has over 200 children involved in Futsal, mainly during the school holiday periods. A key outcome of the Primary School Futsal Initiative is to increase participation levels in grassroots football with regular participation in structured Futsal activities. The initiative will improve playing standards, focusing participation within schools to further maximise the opportunities available for children to develop their core football competencies in a new way, which can then be translated into the 11-a-side format.

The successful applicants will work from Livingston Youth Foundations offices with the majority of their time spent delivering practical Futsal sessions to various Primary Schools throughout the county.

The initiative will take place during curriculum time.

If you would like to apply for this excellent opportunity please forward your CV with a covering letter to:

scott.millar@lyf4football.org.uk

The closing date for all applications is Friday the 1st of August.

The Job Advert and Job Role can be found below:

LYF Futsal Job Advert

LYF Futsal Coach – Job Role

 

 

 

Summer courses start off in the SUN!

With the summer holidays well and truly started our first summer camps of the holidays have been a massive hit.

We have had centres taking place across West Lothian with our very first camp at the newly refurbished Field Turf taking place this week.

Our courses run right up to the last week of the summer holidays and we still have places left. Why not come along and join in on all the fun!

Below you will find a link to our holiday coaching programme which contains loads of information on where our courses run, how much they cost and how to book a place.

http://www.lyf4football.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Holiday-Coaching-2014.pdf

 

 

 

 

Our First Activities on the newly ugraded Field Turf

Saturday the 5th of July witnessed our first activities taking place on the newly upgraded Field Turf.

Our Counter Weight and Equity classes thought the new surface was excellent and thoroughly enjoyed being the first participants to be allowed to use the facility.

Micro Academy comes to a close for season 2013/2014

Our Micro Academy for season 2013/2014 came to a close on Thursday 26th June with our participants taking part in a fun session that involved lots of game time, 10 second challenges and cross bar challenges.

A highlight of the session was getting to meet Livingston FC’s first team manager John McGlynn and his assistant Mark Burchill, along with a number of the players.

Autographs were gained and questions answered!

We are already looking forward to what will be an exciting and skill pack 2014/2015 season. If you would like to get involved in the Micro Academy please contact the Foundation on 01506 403341 or email info@lyf4football.org.uk