The Scottish FA commenced the Performance Schools project in August 2012, which consists of a network of seven schools throughout the country. The programme is designed for elite young football players, both boys and girls, and runs from S1 to S4. Long term aims are to offer the individual a high level of technical and tactical capabilities which, hopefully, will see them progress through to Scottish FA national teams and to have a career in professional football.
The young players will have football development activity every, or most days in the school week. The aim will be to improve the individual players' technical capabilities, decision-making and game awareness.
The programme is located at Broughton High School in Edinburgh, where participants undertake the football programme within the standard school curriculum. There may be need for players in the programme to undertake some additional work to ensure their academic studies do not suffer.
Qualified staff deliver the coaching syllabus and these coaches work closely with clubs to ensure that the school programme will complement and supplement those of the clubs.
Applications for Primary 7 pupils for the 2018 intake are now open and can be accessed via the following link:
Please note that the closing date for Primary 7 pupils only is 1 February for recreational players and 15 February for players who are signed by a professional SPFL club.
Broughton Performance Players Graduate at Hampden 2016.
Read the full story here: http://www.scottishfa.co.uk/scottish_fa_news.cfm?page=2986&newsID=16324&newsCategoryID=1
You can see/hear more from pupil, Sean McKirdy, who has already been through the process, here: http://youtu.be/M7K3cRQERnE
Broughton High School is proud to be one of seven SFA Performance Schools in Scotland. The Broughton HS students who have participated in the programme have benefited immensely as footballers and in their development as young adults. Their attendance, achievement and attainment is above that of their age group in Edinburgh and across the country. Many are now representing Scotland in their respective age groups and significant numbers have signed contracts with professional clubs.
We work closely with Keith Wright, our head SFA coach and the SFA Performance Manager, Neil MacKintosh, to ensure this success.
This link takes you to the SFA’s Performance School Report card which features several Broughton pupils. I hope you enjoy reading about their endeavours and achievements:
John Wilson, Headteacher