The Club is delighted to announce that it’s application to join the Lowland/EOS U/20 Development League has been successful. As the title suggests the league comprises of teams from both leagues such as Spartans, Cumbernauld and BSC Glasgow from the Lowland and Lothian Thistle HV, Tynecastle and Heriot Watt Uni from the East of Scotland. Three other clubs have also been successful in their applications, those being Selkirk, Mid Annandale and Bonnyton Thistle. The league will comprise of 16 teams in total. Matches take place on Friday evenings at a kick off time and venue that has still to be 100% rubber stamped.
The season will start mid August and preparations are already at an advanced stage with the coaching team in place and training due to start on Tuesday 13th June. Head coach John Shaw commented “I see this as a great opportunity for young players across Fife to progress their careers at youth level rather than sit on a bench for a junior or amateur team and not get much, if any, game time. For players that may be too old for an Under 19 team this gives them a great chance to develop further”. He went on to add “This will be a top quality league we are entering, with a very good standard of football played at good facilities wherever we are playing.
If any interested parties require further information they can contact the Club through this website or through social media platforms.
Following Craig Winter’s decision to step down from his position, the Club have moved swiftly to replace him with the appointment of Craig Cowan and Raymond Drury. Craig and Raymond who were together at Oakley earlier this year will assist Chris Maxwell in the coaching and recruitment of players. Raymond rejoins the Club following his spell at the Shippy last season.
Any players interested in coming along to boost the squad should contact Chris on 07393 687574.
The Club would like to thank “Toorie” for his contribution to the Club in his time with us and we wish him all the best for the future.
Shipyard granted Club Licence.
The Club is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a Club Licence, at entry level, by the Scottish Football Association. The Club achieving this licence is great news for the town of Burntisland as it preserves part of the town’s heritage of having an S.F.A. member club and keeps the Club at the forefront of Fife football.
New home dressing room at Recreation Park
Gaining the licence is reward for five years of hard work by the committee as the Club strived to meet the standards required, from erecting the dug-outs, the construction of the covered enclosure and finally the clubhouse refurbishment and extension. These are the visual effects that everyone can see, however, behind the scenes a massive amount of work also took place to ensure that our legal, administration and finance procedures met the criteria along with health and safety, club policies and coaching standards.
First aid room in extended pavilion
Proud chairman Jim Thomson said “It has been a tough few years as we tried to raise funds and balance the books and still keep an eye on the footballing side of things. I have to thank all of the committee members for their hard work and in particular secretary Drew Beveridge who has worked tirelessly to get us to where we are now”. Several businesses, trusts and organisations were involved in the Club being awarded the licence and Jim went on to add “Obviously the project would never have come to fruition without the help of several grants and I would like to place on record my thanks to Briggs Marine, The Scottish Football Partnership, Awards for All, The Burntisland Common Good Fund, and Fife Council for their financial support. I also have to thank those who carried out the work for us and in particular, Fife Council Youth Training Group, Beamhouse Engineering, Darrin Wilson, Brian Urquhart and Alex Jarrett and his team for their contribution in the construction of the facilities”. The license is reviewed yearly by the Association and Jim was keen to emphasise “Now that we have a licence it is important that we keep it and we as a club will have to continue working hard to ensure that we maintain it and not rest on our laurels and let our standards slip”.
With the clubhouse redevelopment gathering apace there has been a slight change to our fixture list over the coming weeks.
The forthcoming fixtures are:
07/11/2015 Leith Athletic v Burntisland Shipyard.
14/11/2015 Stirling University v Burntisland Shipyard.
21/11/2015 Hawick Royal Albert v Burntisland Shipyard.
28/11/2015 Burntisland Shipyard v Duns.
The Kick off time for the match against Stirling University on Saturday has been moved back 30 minutes to 3pm.
The Club is delighted to add two “new signings” behind the scenes as Raymond Drury has joined the Club as goalkeeping coach and Shippy old boy Mark James has accepted an invitation to join the committee. Raymond has coached at both youth and adult level as both an outfield and goalkeeping coach. As a player Raymond had a spell at St Johnstone as a youngster and was involved with local teams in the Rosyth area. Jamesy needs no introduction to Shipyard fans as he has starred for the club during several spells with the Club. Indeed Mark has scored for the Club over four consecutive decades starting in the eighties and ending just a couple of seasons ago. Quite a remarkable achievement in anyone’s book.
The Club would like to offer both men every success in their new roles.
The Club wishes to point out that any posts made on Facebook or other social media are not necessarily the views of the club, manager or committee. The Facebook page in not an official Burntisland Shipyard AFC media outlet. It goes without saying that the club was deeply embarrassed by the comments made and would urge any fans or readers of this website to use this site as an official source of information regarding Burntisland Shipyard AFC.