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ESSDA Quarterly Meeting

Sunday 27 May 2018 at 7.30pm

The Gyle

Items for the Agenda should be submitted using the contact form at



ACO 2004s

Our 2004s are looking for experienced players to join their squad. The team currently participate in the SERYFA Division 2 (11- aside) with games played on Sunday Mornings.

Training takes place two nights per week on Mondays & Wednesdays between 18:00 and 19:45pm.


If interested please contact the team secretary
Mark Duffy

07796 481 880

Alternatively complete our
Online Enquiry Form


A fond farewell to our Under 19s coach Iain Innes who is taking ‘early retirement’ after many years of service at our club. Countless players have benefitted from Iain’s coaching and organisational  skills and he’ll be sorely missed - but new challenges await Iain – we’ll update you when he takes part in his first triathlon after the op!

Our 2012s Soccer School took advantage of an unexpected break in the weather last Sunday to kick-off the first of their 2018 sessions.

As usual the boys were full of enthusiasm and willing to listen and learn as the next stage of their journey in the 'Beautiful Game' unfolds.

The sessions are run by two of our most experienced coaches, Billy McEvoy and Chris Kenny, whose aims are to introduce the players to a good work ethic and various skills - and of course, just as important - having fun!

More photos of the 2012s in action can be viewed HERE
(and choose the 'News/Photos' tab)


Our 2009s are delighted to announce a very generous sponsorship donation from
Gentleman Jack's Barbers

After fine-tuning their skills for a couple of seasons playing 'Super 5s' the boys are now gearing up for their first full season playing 'Soccer 7s'.

  Gentleman Jacks' contribution will ensure the squad isn't wanting for the
latest training and matchday kit!

It's terrific to see a local business helping our players and coaches realise their sporting dreams - just don't forget who helped you along the way when you sign for our namesakes
AC Milan in the not too distant future!

Our 2004s (U14s) had the honour of participating in the opening ceremony of the new Aldi Oxgangs store. Aldi also kindly provided sponsorship for the team. The boys were welcomed by Aldi's Area Sales Manager Stephen Donaldson and Store Manager Robert Lawson and they took pride of place alongside local councillor Scott Arthur and Team GB curler Vickie Adams. Special mention to U14s parent and former ACO coach Rod Smith who liaised with Aldi’s representative Luci Cockayne to make it a memorable day for all concerned!

Click on the above photo to see the full gallery - and choose the 'News/Photos' tab.


2007s Reds Coach Stephen McVie ...

"What a great end to the 2017 season! Not only a fantastic win vs Beechwood but also a great trophy presentation. Special thanks to the Ball Room Morningside for all the hard work on the day - a nod to Genaro and his wife and staff for the food and the use of their facilities - it was a great day.

Also I hope Ryan is on the mend as it was a shame this season's Star Player could not make it along to collect his trophy and get a game of pool.

Also, I must mention fellow coach Andy Whyte who has shown belief in all the players and in my opinion has coached very well this season.

Hope to see you all back in January 2018!"

A full gallery of photos from the Ball Room can be viewed on the
2007s Reds and the main AC Oxgangs apps.

Our 2009s worked extremely hard during their bag packing fundraiser at
Morrisons Hunters Tryst on 18 November.
The day turned out to be a great success and all money raised will go towards the team.

Many thanks to the staff and of course the shoppers for their generosity!

Click on the above photo to see the full gallery - and choose the 'News/Photos' tab.



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Our 2007 Reds were in action at the weekend (5 Nov) against Edinburgh South Colts.
Click on the above photo to see the full gallery by coach Stephen McVie - and choose the 'News/Photos' tab.


Our 2007 Blues are pleased to announce a generous sponsorship contribution from the directors of Howdengrange Financial Services Ltd - money is tight in youth football these days and Howdengrange have once again contributed to the Club having sponsored our 2004s.

A set of new strips and some much needed training equipment is no doubt on their shopping list.

Howdengrange Financial Service Ltd are based at 109/12a Swanston Road, Edinburgh EH10 7DS Tel. 0845 475 6678


Several of our teams are looking for players to add to their squad for the 2017/18 season.

Listed below are our current appeals - click on the Players Wanted image on the left to view further information and contact details.

2007 Reds


The Peter Ashton Memorial Trophy

Good luck to our 2007 Reds who are participating in the Peter Ashton Memorial Trophy organised by Newtongrange Star Academy on Sunday 23 July 2017.

The event is being held at Newtongrange Welfare Park between 9 and 1pm - why not pop along and support the boys and take part in the NSA Fun Day BBQ Bouncy Castle & Slide, Bungee Run & Tug of War!

Enjoy your day guys!

Ken Timmins Conquers Mount Kilimanjaro!

Ken recently 'retired' as the secretary of our 1999s and decided he needed to keep himself occupied - not bad for someone who hits 70 later this year - well done to Ken and his family for raising a fantastic sum for such a worthwhile cause. We'll leave the last word to the man himself ...

"Hi all, I promised that on our return from our African Adventure I would let you know of our progress. Well, we all made it to the summit. It was tough going but well worth the effort. I was raising money for Hopscotch and thanks to all of you I managed to raise over £4000, so thank you for making that possible. Click on the charity logo below for more details. It costs £3000 to give 12  carer kids respite for a week  and together with what my eldest son raised we were very close to getting enough to pay for 24 kids.  Thanks again. Ken"

You can still donate by visiting Ken's Virging Money Giving page at


The Lothian Buses 2016/17 league champions

Congratulations to our Under 15s who were represented by captain Dylan, Leo and Ahmed.


Please help improve our pitches and keep everyone safe by contacting the Council ...


Thanks to the efforts of one of our ACO Mums we have a new contact at the Council who has pledged to focus the efforts of Wardens and Park Rangers on Colinton Mains Park to combat the dog fouling problem. Please continue to be vigilant and immediately report your concerns by phone or email to the Council:-

Craig Dunlop
Parks & Greenspace Officer
City of Edinburgh Council
0131 527 3806



In common with many pitches up and down the country Colinton Mains Park is often plagued by dog fouling.

We are determined to stamp this out and our Committee often contact the Councils' Environmental Wardens with a view to increasing patrols to catch the owners who are responsible for this anti-social, offensive and potentially harmful conduct ... but we need your help!

The Council has advised that their Environmental Wardens operate a complaints based Tracking System. This means that the more complaints they receive on a regular basis about a specific problem, the more attention it's given. If few complaints are made then there's the possibility the issue will drop off their radar.

Can we therefore ask all users of the pitches at Colinton Mains, be it a parent, player, coach or spectator, to contact the Council on every occasion they come across dog fouling on the pitches and surrounding areas. It would also help if you mention that your concern relates to footballing activities.

With the help of the Council we can all work together to catch the culprits and make our home ground a safer and more pleasant place for everyone concerned.

View policy document


Our governing body,
the Scottish Youth Football Association,
has issued an updated policy document:-

Use of Social Media Policy for SYFA Players, Parents/Carers, Officials, Clubs, Leagues
and Regions

To download click on the above (75Kb PDF)or to view in a browser click on the SYFA logo.


We all know that juggling your commitments these days is difficult to say the least, however we would like everyone to spend just a minute of their time looking at the words in this image. As a club we are finding it increasingly difficult to compete with ’other interests’ and as a consequence more of our games are having to be conceded due to a lack of squad numbers. This has been particularly prevalent at the start of this season and the loss of points, as well as being forced to concede cup ties, is no doubt having an impact on the morale of several of our squads and that includes players, coaches and parents alike.

To give you an example of how unexpected withdrawals from a squad can impact others consider this – let’s assume 3 or 4 players decide they can’t play and we are forced to call off a game. That no doubt leaves quite a number of ACO players/parents frustrated that they have no game to enjoy. Add to the mix the opposition players, coaches and parents and all-in these 3 or 4 withdrawals have affected, in all probability, at least 50 individuals. Understandably, those who are prepared to commit themselves to the Club become disillusioned and may eventually look elsewhere for regular football. There are also the financial implications on the club to consider given that pitch hire and refereeing costs have to be met in part or full depending on the timing of the cancellation.

We fully understand that there are occasions during the season when you simply cannot avoid missing either training or a game, however we ask that your other commitments take a back seat and priority is given to your team mates and coaches if there’s a clash of interests.

Remember the facts – a call off can impact up to 50 individuals, the clubs’ reputation can be damaged, there are cost implications and points/ties lost and most importantly of all your team mates are being denied the opportunity to enjoy a sport they clearly love to be part of.

                                        Let’s change things – let’s put AC Oxgangs first!


The SFA has published a useful guide to pre and post match nutrition aimed at players of all age-groups.

Download the PDF version (475kB) by clicking on the thumbnail.


We now have some useful information and user instructions for the defibrillator!

Click on the above image to visit our help page.



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Thanks to the ongoing hard work behind the scenes by our Committee and the dedication of our coaches in keeping their coaching and first aid qualifications bang up to date we’ve again been awarded the prestigious SFA Quality Mark Award.

Read about the award ceremony at Easter Road HERE


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