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3 hours ago, Cagey said:

On the OS last Wednesday. Where else did you want it ?.

Played his first games last Saturday in a 2 -1 away win to CSS.

They play their home games at Alloa's home ground.

Maybe Mainstand  can update us if he is not attending Saints games.

Sorry I was meaning I hadn't seen it mentioned on the forum.

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13 year old striker Finn Regan from Shetland has signed on for Saints.

It will mean a 700 mile round trip, (for training/playing) with his parents footing the travel bill.

He is looking for Sponsorship.

Any businessmen out there able to assist?

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23 hours ago, mainstand said:

Beaten 2 1 after extra  time I believe. 

Yes. High energy performance closing down their opponents 1st half and led through a close range finish at half time.

Tired in the 2nd half against bigger lads and eventually conceded the lead, forcing extra time.

After an almighty stramash in the Saints box (when several attempts failed to clear) the ball was prodded into the Saints net,  giving 'Well a 2-1 victory.

It could have been so much different if Saints had taken their chances when one-on-one with the keeper.

John Robertson was dispossessed when trying to round the keeper and on another occasion should have got a shot away, instead of allowing the keeper to block.

He's usually lethal in these situations.

'Well brought on a sub. striker who looked 6'6". 

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4 hours ago, Radford 72 said:

I see that Gerry Creaney was speaking at the DSA meeting last night, having been billed as Head of Youth. I didn't realise such a role existed or that Creaney had filled it. 

Did he have much interesting to say? @andrew

Alastair Stevenson still heads up youth, Gerry answers to him as Head of Youth Coaching.

Gerry was fascinating to listen to as he explained how the youth system works in some detail.

I posted a brief summary of his near two hour session on the SJDSA Facebook group page. Nothing said about specific individuals, only general chat around how St Johnstone work and how Project Brave affects the club.

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2 hours ago, andrew said:

Alastair Stevenson still heads up youth, Gerry answers to him as Head of Youth Coaching.

Gerry was fascinating to listen to as he explained how the youth system works in some detail.

I posted a brief summary of his near two hour session on the SJDSA Facebook group page. Nothing said about specific individuals, only general chat around how St Johnstone work and how Project Brave affects the club.

Want to share it with us non facebookers?

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9 hours ago, Cagey said:

Never scored tonight in a 5-0 win against Edinburgh Uni.

Struthers came on as sub. and was involved in build up to fifth goal.

Cammy Ballantyne instrumental in 2 of the goals.

Ross Sinclair immense.

BSC take on leaders Kelty Hearts next Sat. 8th Dec.

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14 hours ago, andy rhodes fancy watch said:

Want to share it with us non facebookers?

Nothing Gerry said was specific to individuals so why not :)

***SJDSA Meeting***

Thursday 29 November 2018

Gerry Creaney, Head of Youth Coaching at St Johnstone was our guest.

It was very interesting listening to what Gerry had to say and to be able to ask questions about his work at the club. Working under Project Brave at the second tier requires three full time staff but an additional four if at the elite level. This would be a very large commitment for St Johnstone who are in the second tier along with Ross County, ICT, Partick Th, St Mirren, Dundee Utd, Ayr Utd and one other. Gerry answers to Alastair Stevenson who is Head of Youth. Everyone working in the youth game is in it to contribute and to see players develop.

Gerry works with the 13-16 age group and recommends players to under 18 level. Tony Smith works as Head of Children.

An important element in teaching children involves assessing mindset - positive is obviously preferred to negative!

The best attributes for working with youth are experience and patience.

Technically players should excel and not just be proficient. There is a strong emphasis on passing and teamwork, following instructions.

The curriculum is set and managed to aim for the best outcome.

Players develop through maturation of bones, tendons, etc., and can’t be fully assessed until after this stage.

Children are reviewed constantly, including monitoring by head of sports science, and Gerry attends many matches to look for and assess players. Patience was repeatedly stressed.

Not over stressed but challenged, every aspect is looked at, including nutrition - an holistic approach.

Friday night matches take place, with Sunday games too.

Reports are made to parents. Realistic expectations are encouraged.

Discipline and application are important and care is taken with each child, particularly with the selection process to ensure they can cope with playing against other teams, physically and otherwise.

Statistically very few players make it to play for their club’s first team, possibly fewer than 1%. Disappointment is almost guaranteed for the majority. Hard work, desire and commitment are required.

Part time clubs can take on those who have not been able to progress at full time level, which includes from 16 to 35.

The club look to treat children well and have developed a good reputation within the game.

Games are March to June and August to December. Training is ongoing. Planning, scouting, video analysis - for coaches and players.

Culture will prevail over strategy, so developing a positive culture is vital, along with a pathway to the first team.

Nine last year, eight this year, signed professional contracts.

We have under 9’s, they have dreams, never extinguish them.

Plan, organise, fund but it has to be worth it.

 

Please come along to meetings if you can!  All members, non members, personal assistants and advocates are welcome!

 

Actually we have been so successful, and the club so accommodating, that last night we had little or nothing in the way of issues to discuss. Bev mentioned her attendance at a CAFE event and next year’s day of action, but certainly nothing else was noted. A strong measure of our success as a group is that our guest took up all of our time

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