About Us

Club History

Giffnock Soccer Centre (GSC) was founded in 1995 by a group of dads keen to teach their children the rudiments of football in a safe and fun environment. We are now one of the biggest clubs of our type in the country with over 1000 boys and girls currently at the club, The club is run entirely by over 200 volunteers and coaches.

Playing Structure

We welcome boys and girls from age 3 and upwards. Players will normally join our Soccer Academy before being considered for a place in one of our many teams. Whilst we run the most teams in the area at all age groups (some younger age groups have eight), it is not always possible to accommodate all players into one of the teams. However for children not in a team, we continue to offer training and the chance to play football with friends for primary aged children at our Academy on a Saturday and secondary aged children on a Sunday morning, both at Eastwood park.

Soccer Academy Community Programme

We currently have nearly 300 players in our Soccer Academy which is run by a dedicated team of qualified coach volunteers. The Soccer Academy runs throughout the school year.

Teams

At primary age level we have around 300 kids playing in one of our 4’s, 5’s and 7-a-side teams either within East Renfrewshire Soccer Development Association (ERSDA) or Paisley and Johnstone.

Our 11-a-side teams competing in various leagues including Glasgow and District (formerly the Scottish Amateur) and Paisley & Johnstone District.

Management Structure

The club is managed by a growing committee, led currently by Donald MacLennan, Club Chairman. Some committee members are also coaches with the club, but we are always looking for new volunteers particularly from parents at the club.

Each age group and section will also have their own Head Coach, to whom most queries should initially be addressed.

Status

The club holds the distinction of having obtained SFA Legacy Club status, the first club within East Renfrewshire to do so.

We are accredited to the Positive Coaching Scotland programme and, in March 2013, became the first club in the area to be recognised by the SFA as a Disability Inclusive Club.

We are also a registered charity (Charity No – SC041587)

Girls

We have a growing girl’s section, and currently have around 100 girls from P2 attending midweek training and playing in organised games on a Saturday.

Through our football development officer, the club has a target to expand the number of girls playing and training with Giffnock Soccer Centre.

 

Goalkeepers

We established our Goalkeeping Academy in 2009. The Academy is now run by five qualified goalkeeping coaches, and now attracts 20 goalkeepers from across the club.

Sessions are provided free to all Giffnock SC players, but the club would like to invite goalies from other local clubs along to benefit from the top class coaching available.

Junior goalkeeper sessions take place on Friday nights at the all-weather pitch at Eastwood Park (6.30 – 7.15). Senior goalkeeping sessions take place on a Thursday night at Eastwood park from 6.00-7.30pm.

 

Coaches

We currently have over 200 volunteers and coaches, all of whom hold, or are working towards SFA Certificates and qualifications, and all PVG checked.

Due to the increasing popularity of Giffnock SC, we are always keen to welcome new coaches to the Club – enthusiasm and willingness is as important as qualifications and experience to encourage the football ethos and fair play ethics that Giffnock SC promotes.

If you are interested in joining Giffnock SC, in any capacity, why not contact one of our Committee or existing coaches for more information, drop an email or go to the Contact Page to complete the enquiry form.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Donald MacLennan
Chairman

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