New Year 2017: New Chapter

The New Year is always a time for personal reflection and renewal. Your aim for every year should be to make it better than the previous one and reach for the stars for your goals. Christmas and New Year were ace as I got to spend time with family and friends up North. Plenty of happy memories were made. Hope you all got a deserved break.

In 2017 I’m hungry to make the most of another superb year. I have many goals I want to reach, these are some of them:

• Grow my blog

On this blog, I will be upping my game and posting more regularly as I failed to be consistent in 2016 so look forward to more content. I need to improve the quality of the posts as I have made too many sloppy grammar mistakes in them. So hopefully this year I can finally get into a proper rhythm and make content I enjoy.

• Exercise properly
During my time so far in Glasgow I haven’t done enough exercise which has resulted in me being tired and effected my work. So this year I will do some sort of exercise weekly.

• Confidence

This one feels like the biggest resolution to me; last year at the end of August it feel like a refresher and starting a new chapter of my life. Since moving to Glasgow my confidence has grown, however I need to accept that I still have to work on it.

• Be more proactive with finding stories.

I need to go and search for new stories more. As to be honest, I haven’t been looking for stories enough.  I have a week of work experience at the Daily Record in February which I want to make the most of.

  • Work on the craft of Shorthand

      I will work on shorthand as it’s been the thing that is standing in my way.

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Precision Geomatics give their backing to Amputee Football Association Scotland

 Precision Geomatics have sponsored Patrick Thistle Amputee team’s tracksuits and given backing to the Amputee Football Association Scotland. Precision Geomatics are a supplier of Land Survey and setting out instrumentation throughout the UK and has chosen the AFAS as one of their charities that they will support. The company who have a history of contributing to “worthwhile” cause’s director Gwyneth Bell donated £500 to the charity and said that there were no second thoughts when he chose to support the AFAS.

She said: “I had no hesitation in offering to make a donation as I was in awe of the players who despite their disabilities were not willing to sit back and give up on their ambitions. It was easy decisions to help this group of wonderful people achieve their goals. I wish them all the very best and look forward to seeing them putting Scotland at the forefront of the game.”

She also praised Ashley Reid for her work with the AFAS and revealed how she found out about the charity. She said: “I first heard about the Scottish Amputee Football Association from a friend Gwen Mabon when we were enjoying our early morning swim at the Kelso pool.The charity sounded absolutely amazing, and I soon received more information from Ashley Reid who is working very hard to get the charity off the ground.”

Since the launch of the Amputee Football Association Scotland, there have many donations which include an anonymous donor who gave them £1,000 and  McEwan Fraser Legal have stepped in to fund the team to go to Ireland in March to play in the next EAFA fixture.

Ashley Reid of AFAS is delighted with the response and support.  She said: “Which was fabulous. Gwyneth very kindly sponsored an entire kit of tracksuits but she also made an extremely generous donation of £500 to the charity after picking AFAS as one of the company’s charities of the year. This donation is particularly important to us given that the charity is so young and will undoubtedly go a huge way towards getting things off the ground in the New Year.”

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Scottish Football Supporters Association Co-Founder believes radical change is needed

 The Co-Founder of the Scottish Football Supporters Association (SFSA) believes that “radical” change is needed at the top of Scottish football to help the game.

Paul Goodwin ran the campaign to buy Stirling Albion  and then ran the club for  18-month spell when they were bought over by their fans in 2010. As well as doing some consultancy work for Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and marketing for other organisations.

He said: “ The SFSA is a movement for change. We are just at the start of it and the interaction with our volunteers and members help drive us on. We believe that Scottish football has to reinvent itself.  As fans we need better governance and transparency. Sadly the structures in place have meant the game in Scotland is like a cartel.

“If Celtic or Rangers don’t want something to happen they can block it. We would like to see a system in place like they have in Germany where every club in the league has equal voting status/ We also hope one day every club and the SFA can have  proper supporter representation.  Goodwin was previously involved with the London run Supporters Direct before the SFSA was set up and described the new organisation as being a Scottish operation, run by fans for fans. Supporters Direct has a branch office in Scotland and works for the SFA and only represents supporters trusts.

The SFSA has introduced the Scottish football supporters’ awards to give fans an opportunity to choose their winners with voting closing on the 12th of December.

He said: “Journalists, managers and players have their awards. But no one ever has actually asked the fans what they think. Towards the end of December, we will make these awards and look for a fan of the year. Like a young kid who has visited all the grounds in Scotland. Something good should be applauded by the game.”

Now the SFSA looks to push on and continue to get the supporters’ voices heard and improve the game in this country.

You can vote here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9LMWNTM

Thanks to Paul Goodwin for taking some time out to talk to me. Hope you enjoy reading this post.

 

I’m a 18 year old now! Boom time flies.

I’m 18 now! I loved every minute I spent up in Macduff celebrating my birthday with my amazing family and friends during my week on holiday from college. Someone said to me: “You look very happy in your Facebook profile picture.” That’s an understatement by a country mile. I couldn’t stop smiling.

Being home was sweet! I saw people who I was used to seeing every week before moving to Glasgow which was brilliant. I miss everyone but I will see you all at Christmas as I return home once again. Many things have changed up north with Macduff Parish Church getting a new minister and my classmates are at university studying in Aberdeen and Edinburgh as well as some at college locally. Others are still at Banff Academy.

Recently I got my interview with YouTuber Jodi and Steven Vlogs about their visit to Glasgow published in the Student Record which is an amazing achievement for me and I appreciate everyone who read it. My writing has improved a great deal since I started in 2013.

On my birthday while sipping a nice cold bottle of Beck’s at night I look at the collection of pictures from past and present given to me in a frame as a gift from my sister Lauren. This triggers me to remember many magical moments in my life so far from visiting America for the first time to water gun fights across the road from my home when I was little. I have had loads of family holidays across Scotland and the world which is staggering since I’m only 18.

I am excited for what is going to happen in the next 18 years in my life and ready to face all the challenges blocking my path.

I have received positive feedback about this blog with many enjoying it. So weekly I will write a blog post and continue to document my life as a student journalist.

 

Link to article on Student Record: http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/science-technology/student-record-meet-travelling-american-9072623

 

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Queen’s Park upset Morton in the Iron Bru Cup

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Queen’s Park recorded a remarkable upset in the Iron Bru Cup as they knocked out a below par Greenock Morton side. The Spiders produced an excellent team performance where skill, determination, energy and being clinical were on show. This was in front of a lively home crowd. An Adam Cummins header and David Galt’s wonder strike from distance secured their place in the next round of competition.

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For the first 15 minutes of the game neither side were in control. However four minutes later, Gus McPherson’s side were given a major let off when keeper Andy Murphy miss hit his clearance with Gary Oliver gaining possession of the ball but he was too slow in pulling the trigger so Cummins and Scott Gibson came back to close you down. The ball came back to Murphy who was thankful for being able to regain the ball.

Queen’s created the first clear cut chance of the match as Darren Miller’s in swinging corner was headed narrowly wide by Aiden Malone. Meanwhile Morton was failing to get in behind their opposition’s tough defence.

The deadlock was broken on the stroke of half time for the hosts when Miller sent a tremendous free kick into a packed penalty area and Cummins bulleted a header into the net. The home supporters celebrated wildly.

Just after the break, David Galt netted an unbelievable goal. When he won the ball in the middle of the park, battled past the defence and then from 25 yards unleashed a powerful left-foot shot that flew into the net with keeper Andrew McNeil having no chance. Morton looked on with faces filled with shock.

The away side needed to change things with Caolan McAleer and Scott Tiffoney coming off to be replaced by Jon Scullion and Jai Quitongo who the club reported to have rejected a transfer deadline bid by English League Two outfit Doncaster Rovers for their star player. He came close soon after with his header going narrowly wide which was his first touch.

However he failed to make an impact that could keep them in the cup. Queen’s Park ended the game strongly.

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