The recruitment process is underway for year two of the Scottish FA Regional Performance School programme.
Boys and girls who will enter their first year of secondary school (S1) in August 2013 are invited to apply for the first round of trials now.
Seven schools across the country house the cream of Scotland’s talented young footballers. There, they marry their football education with their normal curriculum as part of the Scottish FA’s commitment to elite player development.
The programme is designed for talented boys and girls with outstanding potential and a commitment to learning through effort.
More than 100 players are currently mid-way through the first year of the programme, which is the crown jewels of the Scottish FA’s £15 million Performance Strategy.
Seven Elite Performance 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.
Performance Director, Mark Wotte, said: “The creation of the Regional Perfromance 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.”
To find out more about the Regional Performance Schools, including details of how to apply, visit the Scottish FA website.