Mintlaw Academy reach girls national sevens final

01/03/12 - 12030111 - MATERIAL MARKETING'TORYGLEN - GLASGOW'The Lloyds TSB Scotland U14 Girls 7s Final. Mintlaw Acadamy pupils Amirah Moursil, Sara Ivancic, Keri Crighton, Lauren Bell, Kiara Brownlee, Sophie Anderson, Rebecca Bruce, Chelsea Urquhart, Emma Sanders, Ashleigh Thomson, Kelsey Murphy and Emma Fraser.
01/03/12 - 12030111 - MATERIAL MARKETING'TORYGLEN - GLASGOW'The Lloyds TSB Scotland U14 Girls 7s Final. Mintlaw Acadamy pupils Amirah Moursil, Sara Ivancic, Keri Crighton, Lauren Bell, Kiara Brownlee, Sophie Anderson, Rebecca Bruce, Chelsea Urquhart, Emma Sanders, Ashleigh Thomson, Kelsey Murphy and Emma Fraser.

Mintlaw Academy last week took part in the Lloyds TSB Scotland U14 Girls National Sevens Finals at Toryglen Football Centre.

More than 60 girls from six schools across the country attended the finals having successfully qualified from a series of regional heats, attended by over sixty schools nationwide.

Spectators were treated to a high standard of football on the day with the six teams split across two groups of three. The group winners, runners-up and third placed teams then played against each other to determine the final standings.

Duncanrig Secondary (East Kilbride) ran out eventual winners after a hard fought 2-1 victory over St Ninian’s High (Giffnock) in the final. Woodmill High (Dunfermline) finished 3rd after their victory over Dalziel High while Firrhill High (Edinburgh) were defeated 3-1 by Mintlaw Academy (Aberdeenshire) in their play-off match.

Lloyds TSB Scotland Schools’ Football Ambassador Gordon Strachan, who himself played organised football at both primary and secondary school before appearing for Scotland at U15 level, gave his backing to all those involved:

“I have some great memories of playing schools’ football with both Silverknowes Primary and Craigroyston Secondary in Edinburgh. You get a great sense of camaraderie with schools’ football and there’s no better feeling than playing together with your mates. Congratulations to everyone that took part in the Finals.”

Grant Richardson of Lloyds TSB Scotland, added: “Congratulations to Mintlaw’s U14 Girls on reaching the national final at Toryglen, it’s a fantastic achievement. To finish in the top six overall out of over sixty-five schools is testament to the skill and dedication of the team”.

Lloyds TSB Scotland, proud partner of the Scottish Schools’ FA, provide comprehensive support of the inter-schools’ football programme in Scotland as well as to the U15 Girls and U18 Boys International Squads. Over 26,000 school children will participate in a Lloyds TSB Scotland supported programme in 2012.

For all the latest Schools’ Football news, visit www.scottishfa.co.uk/ssfa

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Notes to editors:

The 2012 Lloyds TSB Scotland U14 Girls National Sevens Finalists were:

St Ninian’s High – Giffnock

Firrhill High – Edinburgh

Dalziel High – Motherwell

Duncanrig Secondary – East Kilbride

Woodmill High – Dunfermline

Mintlaw Academy - Aberdeenshire

Lloyds TSB Scotland is supporting the Scottish Schools’ Football Association for the 2011/12 Schools’ Football season.

Schools’ football plays a vital part in the physical and behavioural development and improvement of pupils across Scotland. From Primary 7-a-side tournaments to nation-wide Shield competitions the Scottish Schools’ Football Association provides a platform for youngsters aged 7-18 to play competitive football while learning essential life values. The U15 Girls and U15 Boys International Squads also give those players selected a taste of what it feels like to represent Scotland on an International level.

A comprehensive breakdown of all Lloyds TSB Scotland supported Schools’ Football platforms is detailed below:

National Senior Shield U18’s boys and girls

National Shield U16’s boys

National Shield U15’s boys and girls

National Shield U14’s boys

National Shield U13’s boys

Plate Competition U14’s boys

Plate Competition U13’s boys

National Cup 7’s U14’s girls

National Primary 7-a-side Primary 4’s – 6’s & Primary 4’s – 7’s

National Primary 4-a-side Primary 4’s & 5’s

International Squad U18’s Boys

International Squad U15’s Girls

Over 26,000 primary and secondary school children will participate in a Lloyds TSB Scotland supported programme in 2012.

Gordon Strachan, Lloyds TSB Scotland Schools’ Football Ambassador

Gordon Strachan began an illustrious football career playing for Silverknowes Primary in Edinburgh before moving onto Craigroyston Secondary. Having featured against England and West Germany for Scotland U15 schoolboys, Strachan was signed by Dundee where he soon became their youngest ever captain. A talented midfielder, he went on to play for Aberdeen, Manchester United, Leeds United and Coventry City picking up a host of medals and trophies in the process. Since retiring as a player in 1997, Strachan has managed Coventry City, Southampton, Celtic and Middlesbrough. A member of Scottish Football’s hall of fame, Strachan won 50 caps for his country scoring 5 goals.

For further information:

Alasdair Wallace

Material_UK

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Zoe Redhead

Lloyds Banking Group Press Office

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m: 07809 551491

e: ZoeRedhead@bankofscotland.co.uk