Friday night saw the last of 14 weeks of training sessions for the South East girls regional squads at Meggetland Sports Complex in Edinburgh.
The two squads (U15 and U19) feature the best players from clubs across the five local authorities that make up the South East Region, and work through a programme of tactical and technical training sessions.
Next up for all 42 players across the two squads is a winter training programme at Edinburgh's Telford College. Partners of the Scottish FA, Telford College have put together an eight week programme for the players beginning on Wednesday 6th January, which is designed to compliment both regional and club training sessions.
Head coach of the U15 squad, David Drummond, said: "The winter training programme will focus on the strength and conditioning of elite athletes - something that all players in the squads should consider themselves to be. The guys at Telford do a terrific job and the players should consider themselves very lucky to have this opportunity, as I'm sure they do. No other regional squads in the country are offered such a unique opportunity so hopefully the players will embrace it fully and go into next season feeling stronger, fitter and ready to go".
This was echoed by U19 and St Mirren community coach, Gary Hocknull. He said: "The girls have worked hard over the last 14 weeks and throughout the season, however they know that to be the best that they can be, they need to train throughout the year. With no football sessions until March next year, the programme at Telford is an ideal opportunity to work on parts of their fitness that they need to be at the top of their game. The South East Region has a strong tradition of producing players for national teams at youth and senior level so this programme should help to continue that trend."
The squads will begin training again at Meggetland in March, just as the players begin the new season with their clubs. Next season will be the second year of the new look structure for girls football across Scotland with a March - November season.
Mark Munro, Scottish FA regional manager for the South East said: "We've just completed another 14 weeks of training with both squads and feedback from the coaching staff has been excellent. Both squads have worked extremely hard and the players have shown great commitment to the programme.
"Many of them have already gone on to represent Scotland and if we can help them to continue to develop as players and athletes then the standard of girls football in the South East will continue to grow. I'd like to the thank the players for the commitment and dedication to the programme as well as thank the clubs and club coaches for their continued support of the players and the programme."
The squads at are made up of players from the following clubs:
Boroughmuir Thistle Football Club
Celtic Football Club
Hawick Youth Football Club
Hearts Girls and Ladies Football Club
Hibernian Girls and Ladies Football Club
Hutchison Vale Football Club
Murieston United Football Club
Musselburgh Windsor Football Club
Spartans Football Club
For more information on the regional squad sessions, please contact Mark Munro at the South East Regional Office.