Trailbalzing scheme to find new footballing talent

A UNIQUE scheme involving volunteer firefighters could see the next Scottish footballing prodigy lighting up a stadium near you.

Strathclyde Fire and Rescue have teamed up with East Dunbartonshire Council and the SFA to stage football coaching classes in local primary schools.

The community project aims to develop youngsters’ skills, confidence and self-respect. It will also attempt to reduce the risk of anti-social behaviour against firefighters.

Around 10 firefighters – qualified to SFA coaching education levels 1 and 2 – have volunteered to give up their free time to take the classes, which will be held over three 10-week blocks.

David Proctor, from Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, said: “Firefighters are excellent role models and mentors for young people.

“Our volunteer football coaches will present a friendly face to primary school pupils right across East Dunbartonshire and demonstrate that we are here to help them.”

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