Holyrood RC Secondary School is delighted to be 1 of only 7 SFA Performance Schools nationally, and the only one in Glasgow.
As part of the Scottish FA's £15m Performance Strategy, these schools have been selected to house the cream of Scotland’s talented young footballers. We have 18 boys now in S2 who are part of the first group. The 2nd group is now well established in S1 and we are delighted that this group has 18 boys but also 2 excellent girl players.
The SFA has outlined the following strategy.
They will marry their football education with their normal curriculum as part of the Scottish FA’s commitment to elite player development.
Seven coaches have been appointed to work in conjunction with the schools and the players’ clubs to enhance their technical skills at a key stage of their development.
Brian McLaughlin, the former Celtic winger, has been assigned as coach to the Holyrood squad.
Each squad will take up to 20 of the most talented under-12 players in their region – both boys and girls – and provide a minimum of five extra coaching sessions focusing on skills development. Over a four-year period, this will provide the most talented young footballers throughout the country with an extra 800 sessions.
Led by Performance Director Mark Wotte, the Regional Performance Schools will be the crown jewels of the Performance Strategy.
A series of football festivals involving senior clubs, boys and girls clubs and school teams helped the performance team to identify the best players eligible for each school in time for August 2012 then August 2013 enrolment.
Mark Wotte believes the new schools will help produce Scotland internationalists of the future and has spoken enthusiastically of the relationship between the Scottish FA, education authorities, local authorities and the clubs.
“The creation of the Regional Performance Schools is one of the most significant and positive developments for Scottish football in decades. The schools will enhance the coaching provided by clubs by implementing an individual player development programme by our experienced football teachers. Our young players need more contact time with the ball and must develop key skills like balance, agility, speed, movement and co-ordination.”
It is intended that the SFA Performance school will move through to the end of S4 as pupils continue this football, as well as academic, education.
Here at Holyrood we truly hope that the SFA's vision for development of a future National Squad from this group of young people can come to fruition. We look forward to Holyrood providing a string of future Scottish Internationalists.
We are delighted to be part of this initiative and, almost a year and a half down the line already, are delighted not only at the skills development of our SFA school students in Holyrood but also at the way they have become an integral part of our school community.