Good skills on display at Earlston selection trials

Football trials
Football trials

TWENTY-SIX S1 pupils turned out to showcase their skills in an attempt to gain selection for the Earlston High 2013 Scottish FA School of Football.

The pupils, 20 boys and four girls, undertook a number of challenges under the watchful eyes of Drew Kelly (Scottish Football Association development officer) and the Borders Sport and Leisure football development coaches.

Kelly told The Southern: “I’m delighted that such a high number of pupils at Earlston High School attended the trial to be part of this new football initiative.

“The standard of play has been really high and hasn’t made the selection process easy. There is real talent here for us to work with.”

The 2013 Borders Sport and Leisure Scottish FA School of Football is a partnerships project between Borders Sport and Leisure, Scottish Borders Council, Scottish FA and Cashback for Communities. The initiative will provide the selected Earlston High School pupils with daily football tuition from a qualified Scottish coach in addition to a featuring an educational aspect.

Ewan Jackson, chief executive of Borders Sport and Leisure, said: “The School of Football is not just about providing the players with great coaching.

“It is also about helping them to develop life skills including gaining knowledge about sports nutrition, health and fitness.

“We are aiming to deliver a top-quality package of training and education to those selected to be involved.”

The final squad selection will be announced soon and organisers would like to thank all who took part.