Blackhall Primary Football – P1 Signup

Blackhall Primary Football

Primary 1 Football

The School Football Club is run by a group of parent volunteers, who organise weekly coaching sessions and occasional games throughout the school year. In recent years the club has grown to well over 200 pupils, including boys and girls of all abilities, and has even achieved a fair degree of success at senior competitive levels.
For the P1s the emphasis is on basic skills, teamwork and most of all having fun!

The P1 football will start late September. We already have a slot and venue booked: 6-7pm each Tuesday at Mary Erskine Sports hall – all we need now are players and coaches!

P1 Players
A sign-up form will be distributed to all P1 pupils early in the term, so watch this space.

P1 Coaches
The football club relies on a group of parent coaches to make it happen. Hence, we are looking for volunteers! The existing P1s and P2s have about 8 coaches each. This means that the commitment is fairly relaxed, and missing the odd week is no problem.
No prior experience is required, although participation in formal (SFA) coaching courses (and occasional meetings down the pub) is actively encouraged. Also, all main coaches will need to complete the appropriate Disclosure approvals (gained via the school).
If you (and/or your spouse/partner) are interested and would like to be included in the pool of P1 coaches, please get in-touch as soon as possible. I’d also be delighted to answer any queries you may have.

Fergus (parent and football organiser)

Useful documents:
P1 Intro letter (June)
P1 signup letter (August)
Registration/Medical form
Football Welcome letter (August)

Further club details can be found here.

P1 training – starts “second Tuesday after the September weekend” [27th Sept 2016]
P1 coaches intro night (coach volunteers and their kids only) – “first Tuesday after the September weekend” [20th Sept 2016]

Blackhall Primary Football – welcome

Blackhall Primary Football

The coaches would like to extend a warm welcome to all players.
New players (and coaches/volunteers) are always welcome.
[we NEED a new Treasurer – so please email Roy Mitchell if able to help]

Full Training details here:
FootballWelcome2016.pdf [last time with dates as I try to future proof the admin!]

The subscription fee of £30/year must be paid by the end of September.
Please provide £30 payment clearly labelled with your child’s name, via a coach.
Make cheques payable to “Blackhall Primary Football Fund”.

Please note, as this is a volunteer run club, the children’s behaviour remains their parent’s responsibility while participating.

Once outdoors, please ensure that children have appropriate clothing and footwear. When the grass is damp or soft then football boots would be beneficial. Shin pads are recommended.

Further details, a P1 Signup Pack and Registration forms can be found here.

See you at training.

Any questions email

Matches and Reports Aug-2016

Blackhall Primary Football
Blackhall Athletic Football Club

A catch-up of some recent matches…


BAFC Unicorns (Girls U13) 3-2 Broxburn Athletic [3//8/16]
The Unicorns first mid-week match saw them run close, but eventually prevail against a spirited team from Broxburn. After the visitors seemed to keep the ball for an age from the kick off, BAFC made the most of their possession when Poppy calmly slotted home from the edge of the box. The rest of the half saw BAFC in the ascendancy, with first Poppy then Eloise dominating central midfield, Emma enjoying a rare outing on the right wing, Kirsty keeping a few Broxburn players busy on the left wing, and Louisa and Rosie holding firm at the back. Eventually the pressure told and Lucy doubled the advantage just before half time. A change of ends saw a change of fortunes, with Broxburn pulling one back from a Ronaldinho-like shot from distance from their tall defender. Whilst the goal seemed to energise the visitors, a deflected own goal from a fizzing Kirsty corner soon saw momentum shift back to the home side. However, Broxburn edged their way back into the game and, with a few minutes left, scored a goal that made the final moments more tense than they perhaps should have been.
All up, a good first run after the summer break, and a good opportunity to try out some new formations. [GW]

BAFC Unicorns (Girls U13) 9-2 Hutchison Vale [7/8/16]
On a mild but blustery Sunday morning in Saughton, the Unicorns ran out very comfortable winners against a Hutchison Vale team that looked good at times but failed to threaten for long periods. The game started very well for BAFC when Iona ran straight through the opposition defence and, almost apologetically, slotted home within the first minute. Although Hutchie Vale started to see more of the ball, and managed to equalise with a BAFC own-goal, two quickfire goals from Poppy saw the Unicorns regain and then double their lead. In truth it should have been more, and when a wonderful Hutchie Vale corner was somewhat fortuitously deflected into the Unicorns goal just before half time, it seemed that BAFC may again pay the price for their goal-shyness. However, a change of ends saw a change of intent, and the Unicorns made the most of their second half superiority to score 6 unanswered goals. Unfortunately, as this coincided with the coach’s inability to work the memo app on his phone, scorers details get a bit sketchy here, but here goes: one for poppy (completing her hat-trick), two for Lucy, one for Kirsty, two for Jess. At the same time, Eloise was bossing central midfield, and Louisa was again illustrating the benefit of a cool head in defence. There will be tougher challenges ahead but it was very satisfying to see the Unicorns put in such a clinical performance.
Special mention for Iona, who turned up a bit crook, scored almost immediately, went off for 5 mins with a fearsome dead-leg, did a stint in goal, terrorised the Hutchie Vale left back and then had the energy to complain about shoddy post-match handshakes! [GW]

BAFC Unicorns (Girls U13) 4-2 Ferniside [21/8/16]
A pleasant Sunday morning at Saughton saw the Unicorns pushed hard before their attacking verve got the better of a spirited Ferniside team. The match started well enough for BAFC who enjoyed their fair share of possession and territory, but it was the visitors who struck first when the Unicorn’s keeper lost a very speculative lob in the blinding sun. Undeterred, BAFC pushed forward and were rewarded when a Ferniside defender sliced a fizzing corner from Iona into her own net. The remainder of the first half saw the visitors enjoy good periods of possession without really threatening, whilst the Unicorns created and spurned a number of good chances. A change of ends saw Ferniside quickly re-establish their one goal advantage following some tentative Unicorn defending. At the other end, the visitor’s keeper was playing a blinder, most notably when she managed to parry a Lucy-thunderbolt from a well worked free kick. However, a calm finish from Poppy soon saw the Unicorns not just back on level terms, but with real momentum going forward. The passes that went astray in the first half started to find their target, and some wonderfully flowing play saw first Lucy and then Isla score to leave the final score 4-2.
Today’s match epitomised the Unicorns. Going forward, they looked great, but left a good few goals on the pitch. At the back, the gritted-teeth defending and intelligent distribution of Kirsty, Jess, Eloise and Louisa provided the platform necessary for the fancy stuff further up the field. A good start to the post-summer league. [GW]


All published Primary School fixtures are available here Football->Fixtures
Please ensure you read the updated rules.

The following Primary School fixtures are scheduled:


Venues maps and details here.

Euro 2016 – Blackhall Pupil thru to last 8

In a totally unbiased fashion, residents of Blackhall have a good excuse to support Iceland in the last 16 8 of the European Football Championship.

Ex-Blackhall pupil Alfreð Finnbogason is a member of the Iceland Squad, and we have been reliable informed he previously starred in the Blackhall Primary Football team.

So Blackhall pupils with any doubts about which team to cheer, can support one of our ex-pupils by shouting for Iceland.

Iceland Flags and Tattoos are available – though for some reason seem to be selling fast…


Matches and Reports 11/12-Jun-2016

Edinburgh Primary Schools Girls Cup Final

Blackhall Girls 2-3 Bruntsfield Girls

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In what was the last school game for the majority of players, Blackhall paid the price for very slow starts in both halfs to just lose out to a pacey team from Bruntsfield.
The game could not have started any worse for Blackhall, when they conceded possession directly from their own kick off to allow Bruntsfield to take the lead within the first minute. Blackhall started to find a foothold in the game, as Iona in particular made good progress down the right wing, but they failed to capitalise and Bruntsfield soon doubled their lead when a mix-up at a defensive Blackhall throw-in again saw them gift possession to their opponents in a dangerous position.
The reminder of the first half was a pretty even affair with both teams creating plenty of chances and making the odd error. Just before the break, things got worse for Blackhall when fleet-footed Iona went off with a strained hamstring that would prevent her taking any further part in the game.
Despite a change in personnel, Blackhall started the second half as poorly as they did the first, and some tentative defending allowed Bruntsfield to extend their lead within two minutes. Undeterred, Blackhall came surging back into the game, with Poppy/Ciara/Mia driving from midfield, and Louisa pushing on from defence, to create some good half-chances. The pressure eventually told when Jess finished off a fine flowing move and, following a wonderful save from Charis at one end, Kirsty then set up Isla to bring the deficit down to one. Unfortunately, it was all a little too late and Bruntsfield hung on for the win.

So, a rather disappointing way to end primary school football for the P7 contingent, but this “bad day at the office” should not detract from a wonderful track record at this level, which has seen the players develop exponentially to play some wonderful football, in the right spirit, and win many many trophies.
The majority of this team form the spine of the BAFC Unicorns team which is currently doing very-well-thank-you-very-much in their league, so the future looks bright for those moving on to high school. With Mia and Rosie being joined by the ridiculously enthusiastic P5s next year, Blackhall Primary P6/7 look like they may also continue to enjoy footballing success.

Special mention to Rosie and Holly who didn’t manage to get on today, but who both contributed immensely to getting the team to the final. And thanks to parents and supporters who come along in all weathers to support their budding Kim Little’s, and somehow manage to remain calm in the face of outrageous coaching and referring decisions.

For P7 parents, welcome back to Saturday morning lie-ins! For P6 parents, console yourself that its only one more year! [GW]

BAFC Unicorns 3-3 Linlithgow Rose (Girls U13) [Sunday]
A damp morning at Saughton produced hard fought draw for the Unicorns, a standin ref was required as the ref had gone to the wrong pitch. The squad of only 8 meant everyone had plenty of game time. Blackhall started off well with a number of attacks from Lucy on the right wing eventually the ball fell to Poppy on the edge of the box and she accurately drove the ball home. The physically bigger Linlithgow girls attacked sporadically and scored a great goal with an “Iona style” looping shot. Charis showed good confidence in goal stopping a couple of shots and starting the play with good kicking from hands. Louisa and Kirsty in defence provided good cover and distribution. The second half started with Blackhall pressing again Jess and Mia on the wings making good progress which was eventually converted to a goal by Lucy. Linlithgow equalised a second time but Poppy took control of the situation almost immediately to restore Blackhall’s lead. Blackhall were awarded an indirect free kick in the box after the keeper picked up a pass back and got injured in the process. Finally the first aid kit which has clocked up several hundred miles got some action. The last few minutes resulted in a couple of attacks from Linlithgow and after a bit of confusion and pinball Linlithgow scored in the last minute.
Lessons to be learnt are around better communication on the pitch & faster decision making. Also that Grant was paying attention on the first aid course. Next up Spartans away. [SP]