Academy News – Week commencing 23 January
Academy players Declan Glass (right) and Luc Bollan (left) have been called up for the Scottish Schools FA U18s 2016/17 international squad.
Their campaign kicked off on Wednesday with a 3-3 draw versus Australia at Renfrew Juniors in which Luc scored the opening goal.
Further matches are versus England on 3 March at the Paisley 2021 Stadium (3pm KO), Wales on 17 March at Bala Town (7pm KO), Northern Ireland on 31 March at Bangor (3pm KO) and the Republic of Ireland on 6 April at Renfrew Juniors (7pm). Well done and best wishes to both Declan and Luc.
Academy News – Week commencing 5 December
The United Academy was delighted to sign Liam Evans from Edinburgh for their U16s/17s age group. Liam’s development in his earlier years was with Tynecastle BC and he has also had a spell with Hearts Academy.
Senior Academy Manager Brian Grant said: “We are delighted that he has signed for our Academy and look forward to his progression within our environment. Liam possess very good technical qualities and is comfortable on either wide area of the park”.
Pictured with Liam above are his dad Jon and his grandfather Kenny Brown.
Academy News – Week commencing 7 November
New Academy starlet Jack Bledowski (pictured with his dad Lee and Head Scot Jim Carlin) recently signed for Dundee United U13s Academy team. We are delighted that Jack has pledged his immediate future development with Dundee United and look forward to his progression within the Academy. Jack is a cultured left sided midfielder with good technical qualities and played with Arbroath Lads Club for the last five years. In fact, Jack came to our attention a number of years ago but he felt he wasn’t ready at that time to play at this level so we have monitored his development and he feels now that he can come and play against the best players in Scotland at his own age group.
Academy News – Week commencing 5 September
Dundee United are delighted to announce the Under-11s signings of Kaisey Brown and Brandon Hutchison. Kaisey (front left) is a skillful winger from Blairgowrie BC and Brandon (front right) a strong physical defender who previously played with Templehall.
Senior Academy Manager Brian Grant said: “We are pleased to welcome Kaisey and Brandon into the United Academy. They have done very well on trial and we are delighted they have pledged their foreseeable future to Dundee United.”
They are pictured with (back left to right) with U-11s Coach Scott Madden, Scout Paul Clark and Head of Children’s Programme at the Dundee United Academy Steve Beattie.
Academy News – Week commencing 11 April
The Dundee United Academy Under-10s and and Under-11s on Monday last week set off to take part in a Football Festival in Oakham near Derby, a trip made possible through the support of both ArabTRUST and the Dundee United Development Association.
Academy Manager Brian Grant said: “This football festival is held each spring time and summer in a place called Oakham close to both Derby and Leicester and is invitational only to selected Academies throughout Britain and Europe.
“We travelled on the Monday and arrived safely in the early evening at Oakham Boarding school, after some dinner it was an early night for the boys with a busy day ahead. The standard was very high and the boys had a tough start on the Tuesday with their first games v Leicester City and Elite Soccer Academy. They acquitted themselves very well against older players and it was a very positive start to the festival for them.
“The day was rounded off by all the players and some parents going to watch Derby County play Hull at the Ipro stadium. The players thoroughly enjoyed the game and it was also great to see both Johnny Russell and Andy Robertson playing for their respective teams in an entertaining win for Derby. The great aspect of seeing that game was the journey that Johnny had taken was similar to theirs, in that they are at the start and he on the cusp possibly of playing in the EPL.
“Next morning the boys played Nottingham Forest and Chesterfield, again they were playing older players and they struggled to deal with the different playing style of both teams. After some lunch and a little pep talk both the U10s and U11s played extremely well in the two remaining fixtures versus Watford and Birmingham that afternoon and played entertaining football with positive outcomes. Wednesday night the players had a little downtime and enjoyed the fantastic facilities on site in Oakham and had a very entertaining table tennis competition and a recovery session in the pool.
“On Thursday morning the boys played Sunderland and Bradford respectively and they finished their time down there with probably the best performances of the week.
“It was a great experience for the boys and it is not just about the football but how they conducted themselves representing the Club. when you have little boys wearing the Dundee United tracksuit, they can get a lot of attention and they need to behave in a certain manner and like young professionals. They were a credit to the Club and were very well received at the festival and during the time that they travelled down.
“It was a fantastic experience for the group of players and without the help of the ArabTRUST, DUDA and the parents it would not have been possible and we appreciate the help funding this trip.’
ArabTRUST Chairman Grant McKenzie said: “ArabTRUST are delighted to assist in the cost – we believe this will be a fantastic experience for the young players and assist in their ongoing development as footballers.”
Colin Stewart, Chairman of the Dundee United Development Association added: “We see trips like this as a very rewarding experience for our young stars of the future and we were very happy to make a financial contribution. Proceeds from the United Futures lottery and the 50/50 match day draw will continue to be used to support trips like this, and other youth development related projects.”
Academy News – Week commencing 7 March
Academy player Kieran Freeman has been selected into the squad for the U16 UEFA Development Tournament between 7 and 14 March 2016 in Stara Pazova, Serbia.
The tournament schedule includes games versus Moldova (09.03.2016), Serbia (11.03.2016) and Israel (13.03.2016).
The Dundee United Academy is delighted with the recent signing of Luc Bollan.
Luc, the son of former United player Gary, is a local boy and plays centre back; he is a very committed and aggressive player but also likes to play out from the back as well. He will become part of the U17s squad.
Senior Academy Manager Brian Grant said: “We are delighted to have Luc on board as he was coveted by a number of clubs both locally and nationally but decided to commit his future to Dundee United as he feels that there is a pathway for his development at the Club”.
Academy News – Week commencing 8 December
On Thursday 10th December 2015, Senior Academy Manager Brian Grant and the Academy welcomed new signing Blaike Kyles to the Club.
Blaike has been on trial with our 2005 age group from the start of the season and has shown his qualities to play at the highest level.
Blaike is an out and out goal scorer, who has already scored over 40 goals for the Club.
Blaike played grassroots football with Dundee United Sports Club 2004s and the Club appreciates the hard work that they have put into his continuing development.
Blaike is pictured with his mum, academy coach Scott Madden, scout Paul Clark and Head of the Children’s Program, Steve Beattie.
Steve stated, “Blaike works very hard at training and in games. This effort and willingness to learn have really helped his progress at the club”.
Academy News – Week commencing 22 June
Dundee United are delighted to announce that Graham Taylor (17), Jordan Hornby (17) and Logan Davie (16) have signed professional contracts with the Club.
The trio all step up from the Terrors’ Academy. Graham and Logan joined seven years ago and attended the St John’s School Project. Jordan joined for a second spell at Under 15 level.
Graham, originally part of the Stirling Coaching Centre, showed great commitment by leaving home every day at 6am to attend St John’s, most days not arriving home until 7pm. This commitment and attitude is mirrored on the park. Graham is an attacking midfielder who enjoys playing central but will also play in wider area when asked. The full time environment will allow Graham to improve his physicality through the strength and conditioning program all development squad players undergo. Dribbling at opponents and acceleration are his strong points.
Jordan returned to the United set up a more confident player and prefers either left back or left midfield. His main assets currently are his vision and passing ability. He also possesses a terrific strike. The full time environment will allow Jordan to improve his general understanding of the game and improve his positional sense. He will give greater balance to the Development Squad as he is a natural left sided player.
Logan is an athletic player who currently plays as a deep sitting midfielder and links the play from defence to attack. In recent fitness tests, Logan was the fittest in his age group and this is shown by his endeavour to work across the pitch to win possession back. Logan is comfortable all through the midfield positions and also at right back. The full time environment will see Logan improve upper body strength and increase his positional understanding.
All three will join the Development Squad under Steve Campbell and Dave Bowman’s guidance upon return to pre season.
Academy News – Week commencing 15 June
On Monday 15 June 2015, Dundee United’s Academy welcomed their 2005 age group to sign for the 2015/16 season. The parents and players were greeted by Steve Beattie, Head of the Children’s Programme, in the home team changing room at Tannadice. Once fully kitted out in their Dundee United strips, the Dundee United Media team took a number of photos. The group was then taken into the Centenary Lounge by the Head of the Academy, Brian Grant, and signed for the Club. In attendance was new Academy Coach Scott Madden and Head of Scouting and Recruitment, Jim Carlin.
A number of players have joined from local grassroots clubs in Dundee and the surrounding areas and the Club is excited with the potential of this age group. With the support from the fantastic scouting network and Academy coaches Kit Bremner, Kurt Herd and Liam McGraw, the set up will continue to flourish in the future.
Training begins again at the end of July and the teams will receive their brand new training kit and experience the excellent GA Arena facility. Elite Academy fixtures will commence in August and will again pit our young Terrors against the very best academies and players in Scotland.
Back Row from left: Calum Wilkie, Lewis O’Donnell, Rory Macleod, Matthew Riley, Jordan Welch, Matthew Rollo, Lewis Boylen, Elliot Hughes, Greg Petrie, Craig Moore
Front row from left: Finlay Garty, Craig McLellen, Ruaraidh Allen, Bailey Pert, Aaron Donald, Samuel Harden, Bohdi Taylor
Academy News – Week commencing 8 June
It was a proud moment for the Dundee United Youth Academy on Thursday night when both eleven-year-old goalkeeper Marc Nicol from Kennoway Boys Club and thirteen-year-old striker Jay Coupar from Fairmuir BC signed for the Club.
Senior Academy Manager Brian Grant said: “Both youngsters have attracted the attention of various other senior clubs; we are delighted they have committed themselves to Dundee United and look forward to them joining our academy.”
Marc and Jay (front row, left & right) are pictured with Dundee United Scout Paul Clark, Academy Manager Brian Grant and Head Scout Jim Carlin (back row, left to right).
Academy News- week commencing 16 February
Youth Academy forward Logan Chalmers has been called up into the squad for the Under-15 Tri-Series Tournament taking place in Qatar between 15 and 19 February 2015. The Scotland U-15s will play the Aspire Academy on Monday 16th February and then Chile the following day.
At U-17s level, United Development Squad defenders Harry Souttar and Greg McNaughton as well as forward Ali Coote have been selected for the Vauxhall Under-17 International Challenge Match Scotland v Romania on Tuesday, 24th February 2015, at Somerset Park, Ayr, kick-off 7pm. The match, which offers FREE ENTRY for under-16s, is a warm-up for the UEFA European Championship Elite Round qualifiers in which Scotland are aiming to reach the finals of the tournament for the second successive season.
Academy News – Week commencing 1 September
It was another busy week for the Club’s Academy with signings and international call-ups. Last Thursday night, the Club secured the services of Jamie McCann (left) and Callum Doran (right). Academy Manager Brian Grant said: “Jamie is a forward and prolific goal scorer who was coveted by a number of teams but we were delighted that he chose to sign with Dundee United and progress his development with our U12s group. He is from Dundee. Callum is from Kirkcaldy and plays in goal for our U13s age group. Again a number of elite academies were after his signature and we are very pleased that he chose Dundee United as his preferred option. We also signed another goalkeeper, Liam Findlay (no picture), who is from Forfar and will play with our U12s age group. Liam has shown up well in both training and in recent games and will be an excellent signing for our U12s.
Meanwhile, Kieran Freeman has been selected into the squad for two U15 (2000) international challenge matches against Switzerland at Forthbank Stadium, Stirling, the first on Tuesday, 9 September with a 7pm kick-off and the second game on Thursday, 11 September which is closed doors. The Academy also had Greig McNaughton and Graham Taylor involved in a Scotland U17s training game on Tuesday at the Excelsior Stadium in Airdrie. Scott Allardice and Ali Coote had been called up too but Scott is unfortunately injured and Ali played with the Development Team on Tuesday night.
Academy News – Week commencing 18 August
The new season started for our 6 Academy teams (U11s,U12s,U13s,U14s,U15s and U17s) at the weekend with games v Motherwell in the Elite games programme. There are 12 Academy teams that play in this Elite programme each weekend which is based on certain criteria and Measurable Performance Outcomes ie Academy graduates in 1st team, international honours, Academy players that are playing 1st team football at a different Club but part of their development was with Dundee United Academy. There was some very good displays from a number of the age groups. Pictured below is the U12s squad and coaches Mike Smith and Nial Nicholson.
It was the 1st time our U11s have played at this level and after shaky start they handled the intensity of playing in this environment and acquitted themselves well and will learn from their experience. Our U11s are pictured below with coaches Steven Beattie , Andrew Menlove,Mustafa- Al- Saffer and Kit Bremner..
Our U13s to U17s had mixed fortunes and some followed on from the 1st teams defensive display the day before and lost needless goals from set pieces but overall they recovered and played some good stuff and created lots of goal scoring opportunities. It has been big week for some of our U13s group who were selected to join the SFA Performance Programme based in St Johns HS in Dundee and Graeme HS in Falkirk.We have 13 players out of the squad that have enrolled in S1 at the above schools, who under the guidance of former United player Iain Jenkins and former Motherwell player Ian Ross will be having 5 extra coaching sessions per week during curriculum time. Our own programme which was also operated out of St Johns HS has ran its cycle and with the SFA running their programme at the same venue we thought it would be more econonmical to partner the governing body.Out of our own programme we had Ali Coote,Greig McNaughton, Scott Allardice and Ryan Booth all turn full- time professionals in the summer
U14 CENTRAL REGIONAL SQUAD TRAINING CAMPS – SCOTTISH FA Venue: Grangemouth Dates: 29th August, 26th September, 31st October and 28th November. The following players have been selected to attend: Goalkeepers:- Fraser Currid Midfielders:- Alex Jamieson, Martin France, Forwards:- Scott Banks, Arron Thomas Bryson
U13 REGIONAL SQUAD (NORTH) TRAINING CAMPS – SCOTTISH FA Venue: Aberdeen Dates: 27th August, 24th September, 29th October and 26th November. Defenders:- Kai Morrison Midfielders:- Lloyd Robertson
U13 REGIONAL SQUAD (EAST) TRAINING CAMPS – SCOTTISH FA Venue: Dundee Dates: 29th August, 26th September, 31st October and 28th November. Defenders:- Ross Graham, Grant Rodger, Michael McArthur Midfielders:- Dylan Harkin, Luke Mackie, Aaron Miller