The concept for the site was derived from that feeling of frustration of not knowing half time and full time scores around the Junior leagues. Having to rely on a phone call here or there or waiting till the official scores appeared on the SJFA web site. Stephen decided to place a post on the “Pie and Bovril” forum with a view to discover what interest there would be in a live update service and to generate further interest. And so the site became a reality.
Name: Martin Young
Occupation: Web development and social media consultant
Big Team: Girvan FC
Wee Team: Raith Rovers
Interests: Photography, Cycling, Travel and outdoors, Ice Hockey, Rugby, Playing Guitar
Aims for the site: Create a professional service bringing all the news and updates directly from the clubs themselves to the public, making people more knowledgeable about teams in other regions and promoting Junior/Non League football
Name: Stephen Kennedy
Age: 49 and getting older every day
Occupation: IT Manager with Telecoms company. Involved in designing and supporting Windows Server platforms
Big Team: Neutral fan in order to concentrate on promoting www.thejuniors.info
Wee Team: Celtic
Hobbies: Walking, photography, web design and upkeep, coaching young football players, cycling in summer
Aims For Site: To provide a live match update service second to none, providing the fastest results service for the Junior game. To advertise players which are transfer listed helping helping both clubs and players alike. To promote the game and sell it both the older and younger fans. And to bring the regions closer together for the betterment of the game
Name: Norman Hill
Team supported: All
Personal interests: Finding people with the ideas, so we can help them make it happen
How much?: Free of charge
Norman is already working with a number of clubs to help them expand their activities so they can take on a wider and more positive role in their communities, often taking the clubs back to the reasons they were set up for in the first place.
Supporting the coverage and exposure of the junior game is a key part of keeping each club’s supporters in touch with their club. We have encouraged community radio stations to provide improved coverage of the game, with Black Diamond being the best example in Midlothian. Listen online at http://www.blackdiamondfm.com/listen
By expanding the role and activities of clubs it will create community led demand on their current assets, so that any expansions planned to satisfy such needs would be looked on more favourably by any sponsors or funders. By addressing the local needs of employment, training, health, improving lifestyles would be attractive to funders and ties in with the objectives of the Scottish Government in using sport as a hook to achieve many other goals that benefit society.