Turriff girl's squad compete at the SPAR Future Stars Cup
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This week saw the return of the SPAR Scotland Future Stars Cup tournament at the state-of-the-art Sports Performance Centre, Oriam which played host to over 250 girls aged 12-16, who represented their respective schools in a competitive, fun and inclusive competition.
SPAR Scotland initially teamed up with the Scottish FA back in 2019 to support the Scotland Women’s National Team and boost the girls’ and women’s grassroots scene.
Scotland stars Lee Alexander and Lizzie Arnot were on hand to help with the prizegiving ceremony and celebrate the efforts and skills of everyone who took part including a squad from Turriff Academy.
Academy support worker Lesley Chapman said: "Our U15 girls started the first of two days away with a training session at the Oriam in Edinburgh before their tournament which is renowned as the biggest and best indoor Pitch in the whole of Europe.
"In the group stages they won five games , drew one and lost two and made it through into the Quarter Finals
"The girls narrowly missed out from going forward to the semi-finals after getting beat 2-1 by Woodmill High school from Dunfermline.
"To qualify for the top eight teams in Scotland from a school our size is an amazing achievement and we are extremely proud of each and every one of them.
"What a great experience for them."
While there the team also met, by coincidence a former Academy pupil Matthew Sim who was attending his UEFA B licence and joined the girls for breakfast to wish them luck.
Lesley continued: "There was a special end to a fantastic trip and amazing experience as the girls met current Scotland Women’s and Glasgow City keeper Lee Alexander and current Scotland and Rangers midfielder Lizzie Arnott.
"Thank you to both of them for taking the time out to get their picture taken with us."
The Scottish FA’s Head of Girls’ and Women’s Football, Fiona McIntyre, said: “It really was great to see the return of the SPAR Scotland Future Stars Cup.
"It’s been two years too long without it given everything else that was going on in the world.
“Seeing those happy faces – not to mention the skills on show – at Oriam was a timely reminder of why we all do what we do to try and progress the girls’ and women’s grassroots scene in this country.
“With that in mind, we are extremely grateful to SPAR for their continued support.
"Not only do they share our enthusiasm for this competition and what it represents, but they are aligned with our wider goals for the Scottish game.
“We had two outstanding role models present today in Lee Alexander and Lizzie Arnot.
Hopefully a few of those taking part will have been inspired and look to follow in their footsteps one day.”