Johnstone Burgh has a range of development teams from Tots to under 21s. These teams follow the the National Player Pathway, a joint venture between the Scottish FA and the Scottish Youth FA, created to enhance the development of young players in Scotland. At present these teams as well as the girls train at The Johnstone Hub on Wednesday´s and Friday´s between 6pm & 7pm (girl´s just Wednesday). Other teams train at the Onyx in Linwood.
We have also started up a tot´s team with the intention of branching teams off from it from 2008 - 2010 as soon as numbers are high enough to do so. This takes place at The McMaster Centre behind St Davids and West Johnstone Primary´s from 5pm - 6pm on Tuesday´s
Players in each team were all born in the same year.
National Player Pathway
All young people playing recreational football follow the new National Player Pathway, which is based on researched best practice both in Scotland and across the world (Brazil, Portugal, Spain, Holland and Croatia amongst others) to produce a pathway that will fit into a Scottish context and help young players to reach their potential.
Research has shown the undoubted advantages of small sided games (more goals, more 1 v 1s, more successful passes, more touches) and some excellent work by youth leagues in Scotland has demonstrated the benefits of moving through small-sided games formats to the adult version of the game.