Stars meet pupils

Jane Ross and Anna Signeul with Merrylee pupils and teachers.
Jane Ross and Anna Signeul with Merrylee pupils and teachers.

SOME of Merrylee primary’s most enthusiastic footballers had a chance to get tips from the best on Tuesday.

Scotland women’s national coach Anna Signeul was joined by international striker Jane Ross to coach the youngsters.

The pair joined 18 excited pupils amid preparations for the UEFA women’s Euro 2013 play off matches against Spain.

Primary six pupil Emma Mackay said: “It was brilliant to meet a Scottish international and the national team coach in one day. I am definitely going to support them from now on.

“It is inspiring because it makes me think girls can play football and I hope to try and make the school football team next year”.

Classmate Emily Bass added: “This year, for the first time in ages there are no girls in the school team — hopefully we can change that next year”.

Following the session, Jane Ross told The Extra: “It is really important we get out to schools and meet pupils, as they are not only potential fans who can support us against Spain, but they are also potential players for the future.

“Hopefully all the Merrylee pupils will be out in full force to help give Hampden a real buzz”.

National team coach Anna Signeul added: “We are sending all the national team players out to schools to meet pupils, as that is key to developing the sport and increasing interest.

“Anybody that comes along will have a chance to see how competitive the women’s national team can be”.

Scotland will play the home leg at Hampden park on Saturday October 20- the first time the women’s squad has played at the national stadium.

Entry to the match at Hampden Park will be free of charge.

A total of seven local Glasgow City stars — Jane Ross, Rachel Corsie, Emma Fernon, Elish McSorley, Emma Mitchell, Joanne Love and Leanne Ross — have been selected for the squad.