St Machar Academy in Aberdeen is one of nine Schools of Football around the country - part of the Scottish FA’s mission to encourage more people toplay the game, more often.
The Scottish FA Schools of Football are about more than just playing ability, they aim to mould better citizens, as well as better footballers, through social and educational development.
As part of the programme, a group of pupils from St Machar Academy's feeder schools were selected to attend the School of Football, to follow an enhanced timetable which includes a period of football activity every day.
Football is used as a tool to motivate the pupils, and their place on the Schoolof Football programme depends on school attendance and academic improvement. The pupils are coached by Scottish FA player and coach development officer Calum MacDonald.
Players are selected on footballing ability as well as a range of other criteria. Scottish FA coaches lead the selection and football aspects,but the programme is very much a partnership with local authorityeducation departments, school teachers, active schools co-ordinators and football development officers.
Throughout the programme, players have the opportunity to be identified by senior clubs involved in the Scottish FA Youth Initiative programme.
The School of Football at St Machar Academy started in August 2008, with 26 pupils currently taking part.
The Scottish FA Schools of Football are supported by the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities initiative.
For further information on this programme in the North region, contact Calum MacDonald on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07841 569 807.