The emergence of Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour in the 2020 European Championships this summer has given increased hope for the future of the Scotland national team.

Off the park, one of the Scottish FA's most important legacies from the delayed tournament is an educational tool which could benefit schoolkids for years to come.

The Scottish FA in partnership with Glasgow City Council, has developed an online platform designed to support teaching and learning using the context of football.

Relaunched in the wake of the Euros, Learning Through Football offers learning opportunities in seven curricular areas of Curriculum for Excellence;

Languages (i.e. Literacy and Modern Languages), Maths and Numeracy, Health & Wellbeing, Science, Technologies, Expressive Arts.

It is aimed predominantly at primary schools, which has more of a broad brush approach to education, but can also be utilised in secondary schools.

Paul McNeill, Head of Community Development at the Scottish FA, explained the thinking behind the classroom-based teachers’ resource.

He said: "This is a legacy from the Euros, which obviously didn't happen in 2020 because of Covid, so it has been more than two years in the making.

"It is a basic platform to use the power of football to help with the learning and development within an educational environment.

"In 2018/19 we wanted to use the Euros in Glasgow, which was of course a host city, to engage with as many people as we could.

"We managed to link it with the curriculum for excellence. Teachers can go into the platform, pick up a couple of subject ideas and they can use football as a vehicle for learning.

"Schools have used it and we have had very positive feedback with teachers saying they could engage different areas of the class.

"An example; some schools asked the kids where Baku was. It was a host city in the Euros. How long does it take to get to Baku?

"How can you say hello in the 11 different countries that were hosting the Euros? Croatia and Czech Republic were in Scotland's group.

What about learning a few sentences in Czech or Croatian?"

"Use any subject matter" said McNeill. "For maths, you can use the UEFA coefficients, the statistics used for ranking and seeding teams in club and international competitions.

"That is a mathematical equation.  How do we work it out? You deliver maths but use a real life experience to do it.

"Those are the types of things we want to do.

"The first thing we have done with the new website is an interview with Dr John MacLean, talking about his role with the Scottish FA.

Kids might say, 'why do we need a doctor in the dugout?'

"And of course the situation with Denmark's Christian Eriksen, when he collapsed in the Euros, shows you the importance of having a doctor.

"There might be a child inspired to say, 'I want to become a doctor, I want to see how I can do that.'

"Maybe that youngster who is a reluctant learner and doesn't want to read, if you put it in a sporting context that they are interested in, they will pick the book up. There are numerous ways it can help learning.

"This is our legacy. We want to get this out for all schools to use.

"We want to take it forward in the next few years as it is a great opportunity to do something positive."

David Weir's background is in Primary School teaching but these days he is PE Lead Officer at PEPASS (Glasgow’s Physical Education, Physical Activity and School Sport) while also working with the Scottish FA.

He developed Learning Through Football, first as a hard copy document, before it was taken online and thanks to the commitment of the Scottish FA, he is "excited about the prospect of how big the free-to-access online resource could get."

He said: "My job was primarily to create the ideas, the learning opportunities and explore maths, numeracy, expressive arts, sciences, technologies to see how football could provide a real context within those curricular areas to try to encourage learning.

"I came up with the ideas and the Scottish FA were keen to drive that to make it bigger and better.

"I was keen to speak to a number of teachers who had used Learning Through Football before the summer and the feedback was that the learning was massively engaging, not only with perhaps stereotypical football fans but also challenging those who maybe are not football fans which is one of the things the Scottish FA were massively keen to do.

"They didn't want it to be learning about football, they wanted it to be learning through football.

"They wanted it to appeal to those who perhaps needed the engagement of football, those who might not like maths or numeracy but when it is put in a context they are more familiar with and excited about, all of a sudden they are wrapped up in learning.

"We also asked about teachers about learners who might groan when told they would be learning through football. As it went on they were appreciating it, they could apply a skill like writing to a context they were not so familiar with, which was also challenging and it has proved to be popular with parents and teachers.

"This online platform which is being revamped and relaunched is just a starting point, we have improved it already and it really is just beginning to scratch the surface of what is possible."