Ibrox Stadium recently played host to a visit by pupils from the Scottish FA Schools of Football from the west region.

Castlehead High School, Renfrew High School, St Mungo’s Academy and Govan High School all host the football schools within their campus and were given a once in a lifetime opportunity by the Glasgow side.

Taking part in kickabout on the turf at the home of Rangers proved to be an inspiring experience for the young people.

One pupil from Castlehead High School said: “I loved playing at Ibrox. It was an experience I will never forget and I will be able to tell my grandchildren all about it.”

Schools of Football, funded by the Scottish Government’s CashBack For Communities Fund, offer pupils with a variety of educational needs two hours of football each day – coached by Scottish FA staff – with the aim of improving off-field, and on-field, behaviour and educational performance.

The Castlehead High School pupil added: “I have been part of the School of Football since I started first year and it has been amazing.

“It has taught me a lot about always giving my best on and off the pitch.”

James Grady, Scottish FA player and coach officer for the west region, said: “I would like to thank all the staff at Rangers for making this a great day for all the young players.

“A special thank you has to go to Paul Brownlie, Steven Sweeny and David Stewart who have coached the young players every week.”

Paul McNeill, manager for the Scottish FA’s west region, added: “The School of Football is a fantastic programme and events like this help to further the opportunities that the young players receive.

“The coaches and teachers provide great support for this programme and it’s great to see the young players smiling so much at being given this once in a life time opportunity. “

For more about the School of Football and other football development opportunities, please contact the west region through email: west@scottishfa.co.uk, tel: 0141 886 7366 or follow on twitter @sfa_west