Young guns on the ball at coaching sessions

Murray Park, senior students taking part in coaching prgramme with Rangers players. Kids from Bishopbriggs Academy, Douglas and Bearsden Academy.'Robbie Crawford from Rangers 1st team'Photo Emma Mitchell'23/10/13
Murray Park, senior students taking part in coaching prgramme with Rangers players. Kids from Bishopbriggs Academy, Douglas and Bearsden Academy.'Robbie Crawford from Rangers 1st team'Photo Emma Mitchell'23/10/13

Senior pupils from Bearsden and Douglas Academy were among 16 youngsters who are currently learning football coaching skills as part of a new vocational programme at Rangers’ Murray Park ground in Milngavie.

The year-long Coach4Success programme is a partnership involving the council, East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust, Rangers FC and the SFA.

Liam Fergusson, a pupil at Bearsden Academy, added: “It is a brilliant experience, fun and enjoyable and even better that it is possible for a job as well.

“The teaching is brilliant and I would love to work as part of the Rangers Community Coaching Team. The coaches are great and a real laugh.”

Councillor Eric Gotts, Convener of the Council’s Education Committee, said: “The aim is to involve these young people in something they enjoy, teach them practical skills and help them gain qualifications that will help them when they leave school and are looking for work.

“I’d like to thank Rangers FC for the practical help and support they are giving us.”

And a spokesperson for Rangers FC said: “We are delighted to be working with East Dunbartonshire Council and East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust to help local young people develop new skills that can lead to future employment.”

At the end of the programme the students will also achieved SFA Level 1 and 2 accredited coaching badges as well as complete a period of work experience at the training complex.