Five young Aberdeenshire footballers have been selected to represent Scotland at an international competition this spring.

Stuart Gordon, Colin Knox, Michael Mortimer, Gavin Rothney and Callum Cheyne all play in the Grampian Football squad for additional support needs and will be capped at the Home Nations Championships in April.

The talented stars, who will compete in Leicester from Thursday 21st April to Monday 25th April, were called-up following their participation in two festivals, supported by Deveronvale Football Club and Inverurie Locos Football Club.

Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee, Richard Stroud, said: “The commitment the boys have shown is fantastic and they have worked hard in training over the years to hone their skills.

“The Grampian squad is recognised as the strongest in the country and that’s due to the continued commitment of the players, coaches and staff from the Scottish Football Association North Region.”

Vice chair of the committee, Isobel Davidson, added: “The players have shown themselves to be talented, determined and dedicated and I wish them every success as they fly the flag for Scotland at the forthcoming Home Nations Championships in April.”

The Grampian football squad for additional support needs train regularly at Meldrum Academy and in 2010 won Team of the Year at the Scottish Football Association Grassroots awards.

For the third year in a row the team has won both the National five and seven-a-side Championship titles.

Aberdeenshire has consistently provided a number of players for the Scottish team and this year 35% of the squad are from the area, alongside players from the central belt.