Scottish FA performance coach Brian McLaughlin believes the new batch of pupils embarking on their first term at the Performance School within Holyrood Secondary have a bright future in the game.
Brian, a former Scottish Premier League and Scottish Cup winner with Celtic, is helping to nurture the next generation of Scotland stars at the newly formed Performance School.
More than £15m has been committed over the next four years by the Scottish FA, with more than 100 of the country’s most promising male and female footballers benefiting from technical, tactical and lifestyle development by specially appointed Scottish FA coaches.
“I’m very excited to be working in this pioneering programme,” Brian said.
“We have some very talented players here from across Glasgow who I believe have a bright future in the game.”
A painstaking selection process over six months has culminated in up to 20 pupils beginning their first term at Holyrood last week where they will be provided with 90 minutes of football coaching every day by Brian along with their school curriculum.
Brian added: “The first term is all about creating the right culture within the school where the pupils get into the routine of being a footballer.
“It is important to establish good working relationships with the teachers in the school.
“I hope I can contribute to an improved off-field performance at school too.”
Brian had a successful career with Celtic and is delighted to be putting something back into the game.
“I know how important football is to the lives of people across the country,” he said.
“We haven’t been at a major tournament for 14 years but I believe our performance school programme – along with support from clubs – will raise the standards of players in this country.
“It is a great privilage to be working towards seeing our national team compete at Euros and World Cups.”
You can see what Scotland stars Darren Fletcher and Ifeoma Dieke think of the Performance Schools here.