Awards at Senior Shield Final
Thursday, 11 May 2017
On the occasion of the Senior Shield Final between Braidhurst HS and Eastwood HS at Hampden Park the Scottish Schools' FA was delighted to make a presentation to Laurieknowe Primary School from Dumfries for achieving the Quality Award Gold Level.
The SSFA Quality Award seeks to encourage participation in the game at school level in parallel with the attainment of SFA coaching qualifications by the volunteers who run school teams. In this way, increasing numbers of pupils will benefit from the most up-to-date coaching methods. The award exists at three levels – merit, silver and gold - and Laurieknowe Primary School is the first school in Scotland to achieve the Gold Level of the Award.
In order to achieve the award the Laurieknowe staff ensured :
regular participation in local and national competitions and festivals by teams from a range of age groups for both boys and girls,
weekly training sessions for all pupils, from P1 to P7, interested in developing their footballing skills,
opportunities for pupils to go on to represent Dumfries Burgh and Dumfries & Galloway Region in larger scale competitions,
the development programme being devised and managed by volunteer team coaches with recognised SFA coaching qualifications.
Along with their school colleagues and the local professional football club, Queen of the South, class teacher Ross Newlands and learning support teacher Stephen Barbour have worked hard to achieve the award for Laurieknowe PS.
ROSS NEWLANDS RECEIVES THE AWARD ON BEHALF OF LAURIEKNOWE PS FROM SSFA PRESIDENT JOE HARKINS
Ross Newlands, who received the award from SSFA President Joe Harkins, is carrying on in the Dumfries & Galloway tradition, having won the Primary National Trophy with his region, the U15 Scottish Shield and subsequently the British Championship with Dumfries Academy, the U16 Scottish Shield with Dumfries Academy in the following year and then played in the Dumfries & Galloway team which lifted the Senior National Trophy.
With this impressive school record behind him, it is to his credit that Ross Newlands is able to help the next group of players with the opportunity to attain similar heights by his commitment along with his colleagues to reach the Gold Award for Laurieknowe PS.
The second award of the night was to five of the Airdrie Academy team who joined together to celebrate their victory in the Senior Shield 50 years ago and reminisce over the events of 1967.
AIRDRIE ACADEMY - THE SENIOR SHIELD WINNERS 50 YEARS ON