Jenny Marra MSP welcomes SFA Football Academy at St John's

15 December 2011

Jenny Marra has today welcomed the news that St John’s High School is to be earmarked as one of the SFA’s seven ‘performance schools’ to be created across Scotland.

The existing programme, which gives up and coming youngsters the opportunity to access top level coaching before and after the school day, is to be taken over by the SFA and will form an integral part of the Association’s plan to develop talent of the future.

Jenny has spearheaded the campaign to bring the proposed National Football Academy to her home city and this recent announcement can only strengthen Dundee’s case as being a centre of footballing excellence.

Jenny said,

"I think this is great news.

"There is a lot of good work in sport and football that is already going on at St John’s.

"I visited the school a couple of weeks ago and was very impressed.

"It will also help our campaign to bring the National Football Academy to Dundee.

"It would be an elite performance centre for people from across the country.

"Having another performance academy adds to the strength of the bid the council has agreed to put forward.

"I will continue to campaign on this issue and hopefully we can see the future of football in Dundee."



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