A Quality Mark rated club in the Scottish FA’s South West region has formed an innovative partnership with Motherwell College.

Blantyre Soccer Academy are recruiting students studying sports subjects at the college to mentor them through their Scottish FA coaching qualifications.

Aspiring coaches are now able to coach young people aged between three and eleven-years-old at the club to gain invaluable experience.

The club has an award-winning track record when it comes to mentoring programmes.

In the last year, it has supported young volunteer coaches from the local high school who have gone on to obtain Scottish FA coaching badges.

Its efforts were rewarded with a prestigious Saltire Award for services to the voluntary sector.

Lesley Craney, sport and fitness instructor at Motherwell College, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to show exactly what they can achieve and also giving something back to the community”.