NK7

north kelvin utd

North Kelvin Utd started to deliver community coaching sessions for young people in 2005 after club members identified a lack of provision for youth football in the area.

Ever since their first community coaching sessions at the club’s spiritual home at the North Kelvinside Pitches which would attract over 50 young people on weekly basis the club has continually produced successful and prosperous 7 a-side teams at numerous age groups.

Our NK7s currently play in the East Dumbartonshire Soccer Sevens Association (EDSSA) playing their games on Saturday mornings.

North Kelvin Utd Girls also compete in the Scottish FA Girls Football Development events

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NK7 Football Development Officer –  Scott Craig

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As far back as I remember I’ve always loved football! I went to my first football game at Rugby Park at the age of 4 to watch Kilmarnock FC, the team I still support to this day. As a Kilmarnock lad born and bred I would go on to play for my local team, Crosshouse Boys Club, until the age of 15 after I was forced to the side-lines due to a bad ankle injury.

Being forced out of the game at a ridiculously young age I decided to pursue a career in football coaching getting my first start at my beloved Kilmarnock with the ‘The Young Killie’ coaching players from ages 5-15 years. It is during this time that I first started on the coaching pathway as I gained my first few Scottish FA coaching badges.

I would later complete school to go on to Glasgow University where I earned my degree in Sports Coaching with Development of Sport in 2012. After graduating, I started volunteering with the Ayr United Youth Academy where I worked with many talented coaches and enjoyed travelling the country playing against other football academies.  I also took on the opportunity to work abroad by taking on a position in the United States for 9 months where I gained invaluable experience in a completely different environment clocking up over 800 hours of coaching in the process working with people aged 18 months to 18 years.

My experiences in the United States led me to being awarded the Head Coach role at the Glasgow University Football Club’s Under 21s team. This, along with my new role as the Football Development Officer with the NK7s section here at North Kelvin Utd have allowed me to continue with my development and offer me new challenges which I enjoy immensely.