Former Scotland international Steven Pressley passed on his expertise to some potential stars of the future as he became the surprise coach for the day at a Lidl Skills Centre training session in Inverclyde last night.
Children involved in the Lidl Skills Centre at St Columba’s Junior School in Kilmalcolm were given a shock when 32-times capped Pressley arrived tracksuit ready and put the boys and girls mixed session through its paces.
Pressley’s appearance was part of the Scottish FA’s support of UEFA Grassroots Week, an annual celebration that aims to encourage and inspire participation in all forms of football.
The Lidl Skills Centres have been hugely successful since launch, with the scheme recently reaching 300 centres nationwide. They provide boys and girls the opportunity to play football and receive high quality coaching at the key ages of 5-12.
The Lidl Skills Centres have seen a huge increase in girls’ participation, growing by more than 200% from year one to year two.
Stressing the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle, Pressley hoped that, following the Scotland team announcement earlier in the day, some of the kids would continue their football education and follow in those illustrious footsteps.
Pressley said: “The Lidl Skills Centres are a fantastic initiative that help nurture children’s skills at a crucial stage in their development. It was a pleasure to take today’s session and the talent displayed by the boys and girls tonight suggests that the centres are already developing some of the stars of tomorrow.”
As well as an Official Supplier of the Scottish FA, Lidl are also the Lead Partner of The Scottish FA’s Skills Centres.
The Lidl funded Scottish Skills Centres provide opportunities to participate in football for boys and girls aged 5-12 of all abilities in a fun, friendly and safe environment.
Working together, Lidl and the Scottish FA aim to grow the number of players taking part in the Skills Centre programme – and ultimately the recreational game – and encourage more girls to take part through girls-only Lidl Skills Centres.