A statement on the Scottish Schools FA website read:
The Scottish Schools FA is pleased to announce that following the Board meeting of the Scottish FA on 30th June the registration procedures have been amended to ‘recognise the rights of a CAS (Club Academy Scotland, formerly known as Pro-Youth) Player and his right to freedom of choice to play with his school and school friends/mates should he choose’.
The new rule now reads ‘An Amateur Player Age Group 10-17 registered with a Club in full membership of the Scottish FA or in membership of an Affiliated Association may also play with his school team.’
This change has been the result of a prolonged campaign by Scott Robertson and Willie Smith of Realgrassroots which has been supported by the Scottish Schools FA over the last 6 years.
Any young player in Scotland who feels he is being denied or pressured into NOT representing his school should contact John Watson, national secretary 0141-620-4570.
The Scottish FA have also introduced a Young Player’s Wellbeing Panel – which has been established to hear and adjudicate upon registration issues between a Young Player, Player under the age of 18, or their parent/carer and the Player’s Club.