115 of Scotland’s most talented young female players gathered at Tulliallan for the fifth annual Women’s Under-15 National Camp.
The largest camp yet saw regional squad players, all aged 12-15 years old, getting together for three days to train, play and learn with Scottish FA coaches, staff and senior players.
Scotland women’s assistant national coach, Angie Hind, and national team players including captain Gemma Fay, Shannon Lynn and Emma Fernon were on hand to share their experiences of playing at elite level and what it takes to get there.
As well as training, games, education and sports science sessions, the camp gives the players the chance to meet and socialise with other talented players from across the country.
Sheila Begbie, Scottish FA head of girls’ and women’s football said:
“Every year the standard improves, and the number of players increases. That reflects the hard work going on across the country to grow and develop the women’s game.
“This is a unique opportunity for these players, and it’s pleasing to see that they understand what is required of them in terms of discipline both on and off the pitch. Even at such a young age it is important to understand what it takes to be an elite player.
“The camp is about more than just player development, it’s
about strengthening the whole support network around women’s football in Scotland.
“It’s three days of development and tutoring for the coaches who work with our talented young players, and it’s a chance for female referees to gain experience.
"We brought together representatives from our regional committees to discuss the priorities for the women’s game, and we also held sessions for parents to introduce them to the principles of Positive Coaching Scotland and give them advice on supporting their talented daughters.
“Everyone involved puts in a lot of hard work, but there is a lot of fun too. It’s a great chance for the players to socialise with other girls around the country who are going through the same experiences. I have to say that the Tulliallan’s Got Talent competition gets more exciting every year!”