Highland Football Academy development officer Peter Budge recently visited feeder schools for Charleston Academy to deliver one hour development 4s coaching sessions aimed at P4s and P5s.

Beauly, Dochgarroch, Kinmylies, Kirkhill, Muirtown, Teanassie, and Tomnacross primary schools all took part.

Peter said: "The sessions were great as there were a large number of girls and boys at different levels of ability keen to enjoy the game of football.

"The important lesson for the children was that it's not about winning or losing at their age - it’s all about making a difference. They may not be the best player at this age but if they keep practising and enjoying the game they will improve in years to come."

P.E teachers and staff at the primary schools have embraced the development 4s programme and will deliver football over six week blocks during curriculum time. The activity builds up to a development 4's festival, to be held at Charleston Academy on 15th April.

Approximately 200 P4 and P5 pupils will attend over two sessions. 
The key people organising development 4s in the Highlands are PE teacher Suzie Dobson, who initiated the visits; Laura Young, Active Schools co-ordinator and Russell McFee, Principle Teacher of P.E at Charleston Academy.