Young footballers in Aberdeen took to the field yesterday in celebration of their Scottish heritage.

 
The youngsters from Aberdeen Football Club’s soccer school were clad in saltire flags and daubed in blue and white face paints as they joined SNP North-East MSP, Maureen Watt at Balgownie Playing Fields to celebrate the year of Homecoming.
 
The Soccer School takes place at the playing fields at Bridge of Don every summer for the first two weeks of the school holidays and is open to boys and girls aged seven to sixteen.
 
Coaching staff from Aberdeen FC hold daily sessions from 10 am to 4 pm to teach youngsters new techniques to improve their soccer skills.
 
Coach Gavin Levey said: “We usually run a couple of theme days each week at the annual soccer school, and after a meeting last week we decided to go with the Homecoming theme.”
 
“All the kids were presented with a Scottish flag on arrival to add to their efforts they had already made.”
 
“Its great that we can get 250 kids and the 40 staff out in force for the Homecoming day – and fingers crossed that Scotland can qualify for the World Cup later in the year.”