Flying the flag for Scotland

IN the squad: Cumbernauld girls Cara Wilkie (left) and Georgie Rafferty have been selected for the under 15 girls Scotland football squad.
IN the squad: Cumbernauld girls Cara Wilkie (left) and Georgie Rafferty have been selected for the under 15 girls Scotland football squad.

ABRONHILL High School’s Cara Wilkie and Georgie Rafferty of St. Maurice’s High have been selected as part of the Lloyds TSB Scotland under 15s girls squad to represent Scotland for 2011.

The talented youngsters were at Toryglen Regional Football Centre, Glasgow, on Monday, February 14, where the squad met for their first training session together.

The 18-girl squad, assembled from schools across Scotland, will travel to Cardiff in early April to compete in the annual Four Nations Tournament along with Wales, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

On their return, the squad will make history as the first ever Scotland side to face England in an under 15 girls international.

Lloyds TSB Scotland schools’ football ambassador, Gordon Strachan, who himself played for Scotland at under 15 level before going on to a glittering professional career, has given his backing to the young players.

“I have very fond memories of playing schools’ football for Scotland as part of the under 15 set-up,” he said.

“I was lucky enough to play against West Germany in Saarbrucken as well as England at Ibrox. Being part of the under 15 squad will prove a great learning curve for the girls, not only as players but as individuals. I wish them every success for the campaign ahead.”

Rod Houston, president of the Scottish Schools’ FA, added: “We’re delighted to unveil the under 15 girls international squad for 2011. Our international schools’ set-up has an illustrious history of nurturing young talent in Scotland, not only for boys but also for girls. Our coaches do a fantastic job, not only on the football pitch, but off it too, and the girls will go home with a valuable life, as well as football, experience.”

Carol Cassells, bank manager at Lloyds TSB Scotland Cumbernauld, commented: “Congratulations to those who have been selected for this year’s under 15 girls international squad. To play for your country represents the pinnacle of sport at any level. Lloyds TSB Scotland is proud to support both the under 15 girls and under 18 boys international squads and we wish both the very best of luck for 2011.”

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