TALENTED teenagers from across Renfrewshire were given the chance to shine when they took part in a prestigious end-of-season training camp.
The Scottish Youth Football Association (SYFA) invited a number of players to join in as the national Under-15 and Under-16 squads were put through their paces at the National Sports Centre in Largs.
Included in the squad for the two-day gathering were five players from Linwood St Conval’s – Ruaraidh Clark, Christopher Cunningham, Oscar Cochrane, Paul McLaughlin and Oskar Wieczorek.
Also flying the flag for Renfrewshire were Stuart Andrews, of Third Lanark; Craig Cowan and Andrew Hume, of Antonine Blacks; and Kyle Rafferty, of Clydebank Utd.
As well as training sessions, there was an educational side to the weekend as the players took part in a seminar with Strathclyde Police on drug awareness, while referees from the SFA also give them a whistler’s perspective on the beautiful game.
Jim Fleeting, director of football at the Scottish Football Association, also took time out from a busy coaching schedule to speak with the young players and their coaches.
Jim Smith, of the SYFA development committee, said: “Overall, it was a very successful weekend.
“The players were given some fantastic coaching and also enjoyed the seminars. In addition, the SYFA coaches arranged a games night for the players, which just added to the fun.
“Players can be selected for the national squad if they are part of their regional squad. It’s up to clubs to support the regions by nominating players by mid-August and we would ask clubs to get those nominations in as early as possible.”