The 2010 West Regional Squads programme kicked off on Monday with the first training sessions of the year.
The Scottish FA West Region coordinates four squads, under 19s and 15s for girls and under 13 & 14 for boys, with all training taking place within the new Toryglen Regional Football Centre in Glasgow.
Regional squads give players, identified at club level, an opportunity to receive high level football coaching and an introduction to sports science, including fitness testing, nutritional and hydration advice, sports psychology and lifestyle management.
The squads are delivered in partnership with the Scottish Youth FA and the Scottish Schools' FA, and are designed to help players to develop to their full potential.
Girls Regional Squads
The girls regional squads train every Monday in a 14 week block, and are a direct pathway to the women's national squads. Currently the West region has 14 girls working within the U15 squad and 20 girls within the U19 squad, all with aspirations of representing Scotland at international level in 2010.
Gary Hocknull West Region U19 head coach said: “The programme is a fantastic way for the girls to train with the best players in the region. They are constantly working on their own individual game and that will hopefully allow them to take the next step onto international football.”
Boys Regional Squad
Boys regional squads train twice a month and are open to players who are not attached to a senior club. Currently we have 20 players within the U14 squad and have recently selected 26 boys to represent the U13 squad.
Brian McLaughlin West Region U14 head coach said: “Players need to be challenged in training at all times and this programme allows the them to train with players who will constantly challenge their touch, passing and decision-making.
"The players are under no pressure to perform and will only play a selected number of games. This allows the players to express themselves and relax when on the ball. In the end we hope that the players are able to take the things we try to teach them on board and are able to have a successful career in the game.”
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