Scotland National Coach George Burley dropped into the Scottish FA School of Football at Braidurst High School, Motherwell last week to observe a coaching session and have a Q&A with the players.
Speaking after the event, Scotland Boss George Burley said:
"The work that is going on at Braidhurst is a prime example of what should be happening right across the country. If we want our best young players to have a chance of making it in the game, then they have to be given the opportunity to develop their skills from an early age.
"My congratulations to all the pupils and staff at the school and also to the local authority for having the desire and the conviction to give these youngsters a great start in life.
The players have a daily session as part of their curriculum within the school with Coach and Player Development Officer Ian Ross.
There are 6 Scottish FA Schools of Football across the country, 1 per region and Braidhurst is where the Central Region programme is based.
The programme is made possible by the Scottish Governments Cashback For Communities initiative. It is also supported by transportation provided by North Lanarkshire Council.
Head Teacher Derrick Hannan commented, "The coach Ian Ross is doing a great job and the content and delivery exceeds anything I have seen in my travels throughout Europe. This scheme has also improved the pupils self esteem and organisational skills.I recently interviewed each pupil involved in the programme and they were all so very positive about the entire experience.
“I am really looking forward with confidence to next year’s intake getting started and to the further engagement of the present cohort of stars of the future. Football is our national sport and we will only compete at the top end in the future if we nurture the stars of tomorrow. The partnership between the SFA, school and North Lanarkshire Council has been firmly established."