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Philippa McCallum was the latest to represent the club for their country last week when she appeared for the Scotland U16’s in a Development Tournament.
The 14 year old started the second and third games against Iceland and Czech Republic, helping the Scots keep a clean sheet in both while grabbing an assist in the former game.
McCallum spoke of her delight to be appearing for her country and reckons it was a privilege to be involved.
She said: “It feels fantastic to be involved with the national squad at that level. I feel really proud to be representing them. I’m very pleased with all of my performances during the tournament and felt really privileged to be on the pitch.”
The youngster, who can play in the centre of midfield or at left back hopes she can elevate herself to the older national squads and one day play in the Premier League with Farmington. McCallum has already trained in the club’s Performance Squad and hopes the good run can continue.
“I hope to one day play for the first team at Farmington and hopefully this will help me continue to play at international level for a long time.”
She continued: “I’ve been asked to train with the senior squad before and hopefully this will help me progress as a team player at that level.”
The club are encouraging their young footballers to expand on their football knowledge by getting involved in coaching courses.
16 year old Performance Squad members Leah White and Caitlin Mitchell along with 18 year old Rachelle Milton from our Ladies squad all took part in the recent SFA East Region 1.1 Early Touches course at Brechin High School.
All three girls have been involved with the club’s youth setup by coaching the U7 and U9 groups. It is an ideal situation to have these young women, who have achieved so much at Farmington, help with the junior girls and offer real female football role models for the youngsters at the club.
Junior Co-ordinator Jane Luckhurst is pleased to see players get involved with coaching younger girls, explaining: “In order to be successful our club relies heavily on volunteer help, as every club does, but the ideal situation would be if we could encourage more players to get involved in the coaching side of the club. This allows them to pass on their knowledge to the junior girls, and the junior girls are delighted to have the older players as coaches.”
Leah, Caitlin and Rachelle will all be taking part in the Level 1.2 course next month.
The club held their annual presentation evening on Saturday at the Reid Hall in Forfar, with the ceremony attended well by players, coaches, supporters and parents alike.
Teams from U7 level all the way through to our three senior teams were represented, with the Hall full to capacity.
With the U7, U9 and U11 sides not involved with competitive football as of yet, the players were awarded medals for their efforts while the older sides were presented with awards ranging from a Clubwoman Award to Players’ Player of the Year.
The SWPL side saw Megan McCarthy win Player of the Year in her first full season at the club with the players voting for Fiona McNicoll as the Players’ Player of the Year while Erin Cattanach won Young Player of the Year.
Development pair Leah White and Caitlin Mitchell were also presented with the Forfar Community Award and Youth Player of the Year respectively, completing an impressive year for the pair at the club.
Forfar Farmington SWPL
Player of the Year: Megan McCarthy
Players’ Player of the Year: Fiona McNicoll
Young Player of the Year: Erin Cattanach
Forfar Farmington Development
Player of the Year: Leah White
Players’ Player of the Year: Sally Patterson
Clubwoman Award: Ellie Cook
Forfar Farmington Ladies
Player of the Year: Emma Stewart
Players’ Player of the Year: Emma Stewart
Clubwoman Award: Emily Grundy
Forfar Farmington Under 17’s
Player of the Year: Rachel Robbie
Players’ Player of the Year: Melissa Coull
Most Improved Player of the Year: Aimee Robertson
Forfar Farmington Flyers U15’s
Player of the Year: Charlotte Cook
Players’ Player of the Year: Morven Whyte
Clubwoman Award: Sophie Valentine
Forfar Farmington Foxes U13’s
Player of the Year: Sophie Cameron
Most Improved Player of the Year: Beth Mowatt
Clubwoman Award: Katie Taylor
Forfar Farmington Falcons U13’s
Player of the Year: Lucy Corbitt
Most Improved Player of the Year: Rachel Neve
Clubwoman Award: Alex Glennie
Forfar Farmington Stars U13’s
Player of the Year: Madison Kirkpatrick
Most Improved Player of the Year: Aimee Esslemont
Clubwoman of the Year: Megan Johnston
Community Award: Leah White
Nominees: Charlie Lewis, Kay Thomson, Jane Luckhurst, Dave Cattanach, Nicola Davidson
Youth Player of the Year: Caitlin Mitchell
It is semi final weekend in the Youth Scottish Cup and Forfar Farmington will be the U15’s only East Region representatives as they take on Aberdeen.
Coach Kieran Clifford spoke of his and fellow coaches Lee Hutcheon and Neill Robbie’s delight at their players’ progress, with the side scoring eight without reply in their journey enroute to Sunday’s semi final at Station Park.
The girls defeated Dunfermline Athletic, Glasgow Girls and Hamilton to reach this stage and Clifford is proud to be in the last four of the tournament.
“We are delighted with our journey so far in the Scottish Cup. We’ve come up against some really challenging opposition and Lee, Neill and I couldn’t be more proud of the progress the girls are making this year.”
Clifford admits that while the squad have a buzz about them going in to the game, he feels sorry for some of the players who will miss out on the game due to a school trip to Spain.
He said: “I’m feeling good ahead of the game but most importantly, the girls are up for it. There is a real buzz about them and they know what they need to do.”
“We’re unfortunate to have a couple of players who are currently enjoying a sunny trip to Madrid and Barcelona this weekend and it’s a shame that they won’t be part of the day but we don’t rely on individuals and we’ve got plenty quality to keep going in this competition.”
The side moved up an age level in July to U17’s and Clifford reckons the move can help the side against Aberdeen and beyond.
“We made the decision to move them up within the region so they can get used to playing a stronger, faster game. This is what you expect when you come up against the elite teams in Scotland.”
“Allowing players to play at a level that fits their ability rather than age is important to us and we are reaping the benefits with a number of our youth players progressing through the club and gaining recognition at national level.”
The semi final was originally scheduled to be played in Kilwinning however it was moved to Station Park, with Bayside and Aberdeen playing each other at Market Muir earlier in the day. Clifford welcomed the decision to move the ties while expressing his delight that it shows the East and North regions are improving.
It makes sense to move the tie, more so for Aberdeen. I don’t think it’s an issue most years because historically it tends to be teams from the South or Central Scotland who make it to these stages. This goes to show how much the game is growing in the northern regions with Bayside and Aberdeen also reaching the Semi-Final of the U13s cup. The decision taken by the SWF to allow these fixtures to be relocated is most welcome.
Congratulations and good luck to Philippa McCallum, named in the Scotland U16 squad who will travel to play Finland (Kauriala Stadium, Hameenlinna) on Monday 19th September 2016.
Congratulations to Philippa McCallum after she was named in the Scotland U16 squad that will travel to take on Finland between 17/09-21/09. This is a tremendous achievement for Philippa at only 13 years old and the club.
We were also delighted to find out that four players from our U15s have been called up to the latest Scotland U15 training camp.
Katie White, Rachel Robbie, AJ Meach, and Neve Guthrie will travel to the new Oriam training complex at Heriot-Watt University for the camp, which takes place between Friday 9th and Sunday 11th September.
Farmington U15s sporting their new tracksuits. Many thanks to sponsors A.I. Simson Solid Fuels.