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The Scotland national team has hugely benefited over the last five years from the emergence of some talented young players who are now excelling for club and country.
Kieran Tierney, Scott McTominay and Andrew Robertson are all examples of what can be achieved by young Scottish youngsters, if they have the talent and are willing to work hard.
Here is a look at three players who may well be the future stars of the Scottish senior team if they continue to develop in their careers.
Rangers youngster Kai Kennedy was recently called up to the Scotland under-19 team and it may not be long before he is fast-tracked through the different levels.
The 18-year-old made his debut for the Gers back in January when he came off the bench in their Scottish Cup tie with Stranraer. A number of clubs in the Premier League are thought to be monitoring Kennedy, including Sheffield United as they see a lot of potential in the Scot.
18-year-old Andy Winter had a dream debut for Hamilton earlier this year, scoring in his side’s 5-0 victory over Edinburgh City in the Scottish Cup. Winter has since featured for the Accies in the Scottish Premiership and is a player that Hamilton boss Brian Rice likes a lot.
The Scottish youngster is a forward who works very hard on the pitch. He has scored goals at every level he has played at. If he continues that trend in the Scottish Premiership, he could be set for big things.
Scotland have had some great forwards over the years and Winter may well be the next in line to shine for the senior team.
Good luck to all of the above three players as they strive to have a successful career in the game.
Why Are People Fond of Sports Betting?
- Entertainment is the biggest and most obvious reason. It can help to increase the value and level of entertainment that you enjoy. It is enjoyable to watch live sports events, but it gives you an adrenaline rush when you have placed your bets on a game. Betting seriously takes the whole experience to a new level altogether.
- Sports betting falls under the circle of competence for a lot of people. No matter what sport we love to watch, we have our favorite teams. We keep track of team news, about the players, their performance, and many aspects of the team. Isn't it?
- Sports betting nowadays comes with no limitations. So, whether you want to bet $5 or $5000, no questions asked. It depends on you regarding how much money you are planning to bet.
Why Play Team Sports?
The long-term benefits of playing team sports when you’re young are well documented and agreed on by psychologists and physiologists the world over. Not only do they promote a healthy lifestyle through exercise, but they’re more important than ever because they get your child away from their device screen and into the outdoors. They can instil valuable lessons for your child too, like how to work as an individual in a team who are all working towards a common goal. It can also promote a sense of belonging and comradery.
Awards Encourage Attendance
It can be difficult to keep a child motivated and interested in something, particularly as they reach the age when their social life starts to mean everything to them. Sports can quickly fall by the wayside and the value they get from participating in these sports can be lost. When there are trophy cups handed out at the end of competitions, seasons or tournaments, that motivation might persist, and your child will likely be more motivated to get up and get to that Saturday morning game. Once there, they’ll give their best effort in the hope of getting their hands on that trophy. There are some compelling reasons not to celebrate perfect attendance, but recognising improved and good attendance is encouraged.
Awards Encourage Their Best Effort
If you’re playing in a football team and the prospect of victory comes with the promise of a shining gold football trophy for first place, you’re going to make sure you bring your absolute best to every practice and game. By offering these awards, you’re offering incentive, which is the strongest known human motivator. Perhaps the alure of a trophy will motivate your child to put in that extra little bit of effort that their team needs to get over that finish line in first place. They offer a free personalisation service and plenty of unique designs. No matter what our interests, the idea of a trophy engraving featuring our name is going to appeal to us!
They Teach Humility
There are valuable life lessons to be learned when you are given an award, just as there are when you aren’t a recipient. One of the biggest lessons we learn in life is how to win or lose well. No matter how good we are and how well we do at something, we’re not always going to win, and learning how to lose gracefully and with humility is as important as winning. Being able to feel happy for someone who has beaten you and congratulate them earnestly is a very importantly life skill. On the other side of the same coin, knowing how to win with dignity without boasting and gloating is also a good lesson that team sports will teach you.
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Some Teams are Already Returning to Training
Thanks to the easing of some restrictive measures initially put in place by the Scottish government, a handful of teams have once again been able to hit the pitch in order to hone their skills. These include youth organisations such as Edina Hibs, Dryburgh Athletic, EK Burgh United, and Edinburgh City FC.
However, we should also keep in mind that these training sessions are likely to be governed by certain safety measures in order to help guarantee that our young superstars are kept as healthy as possible at all times. It is nonetheless a foregone conclusion that these and other teams are quite eager to get back into the swing of things.
What Does the Scottish Government Have to Say?
The good news is that non-contact football training is already permitted. Still, thees matches can only take place in accordance with current measures such as maintaining the proper social distances and ensuring that gatherings do not exceed the maximum amount of participants.
All indoor sports facilities are slated to reopen on 31 August. Once again, the proper level of social distancing and the appropriate hygienic measures (such as face masks and hand sanitisers) must be present in order to remain open. In terms of ages, children up to 12 years old will be able to play contact football. Adolescents 12 years or older can only participate in non-contact games. Coaches can likewise work with younger players as long as the total number of participants does not exceed 30 at any given time.
A Sign of Things to Come?
While some adult-related sporting activities might have to be replaced with other games such as blackjack online, Scottish children and adolescents can once again enjoy all that football has to offer. However, we should also mention that the easing of prior restrictions could be easily put back in place if we begin to let our guard down.
Parents should be certain that their children are following all of the recommended hygienic and social distancing rules. In the same respect, adults are by no means exempt from the guidelines put forth by the Scottish government. With time and a bit of patience, the Scottish youth football season could begin return sooner as opposed to later.
The Scottish Premiership has a fine recent record when it comes to nurturing talent. The likes of Virgil Van Dijk, Victor Wanyama, Kieran Tierney, and John McGinn have flourished in Scotland's top flight before moving to the English Premier League.
Are there any young up-and-coming talents lurking in Scotland facing into the 2020/21 season? Here we look at four players that might just fit the bill.
Jeremie Frimpong - Celtic (19)
The Netherlands U-20 international was on the books at Manchester City before he hit his 10th birthday and spent the best part of a decade in their youth set-up before signing a four-year deal with the Scottish champions in 2019.
A full-back by trade, Frimpong possesses the trickery to play on the wing and impressed in the early stages of last season. He was sent off in the League Cup final against Rangers, though it didn't stop his Hoops teammates grinding out a 1-0 win at Hampden Park.
With pace to burn and a willing attitude, Frimpong has become a fan-favourite at Celtic and looks set to make further progress in Glasgow with the Hoops firm favourites in the football betting to win a tenth successive league title in 2020/21.
Aaron Hickey - Hearts (18)
Left full-back Hickey featured for a Jambos side were denied in the 2019 Scottish Cup final by Celtic at the tender age of 16 and continued to flourish last season, despite the obvious struggles of the Tynecastle side.
He has an eye for goal and managed to net the winner for his side in an Edinburgh derby at rivals Hibernian last September.
He has made only 24 appearances in a Hearts shirt and, following their relegation, is being touted for a move away. He spent time in Celtic's youth system and the Bhoys are said to be keen on a return, while the likes Chelsea and Bayern Munich have also been following his progress.
With the likes of Andy Robertson and Tierney having proved big hits, Hickey could be the latest in a growing list of talented full-backs to emerge from Scotland.
Lewis Ferguson – Aberdeen (20)
Ferguson is a hard-working midfielder with an eye for goal and he's racking up plenty experience under the tutelage of Derek McInnes since moving to Aberdeen in 2018.
He remains under contract at Pittodrie until 2024 but speculation continues to link Ferguson with a move to Rangers, having slipped through the net at Ibrox in his early teens.
His father Derek and uncle Barry both represented Rangers with distinction and will be pleased to know that the youngster is seemingly on the radar of Light Blues boss Steven Gerrard.
Lewis Smith - Hamilton (20)
Smith could be the latest to come from the Hamilton Accies production line. The New Douglas Park outfit have also produced the likes of James McCarthy and James McArthur to go on to stellar Premier League careers in England and Smith is full of promise having turned 20 back in March.
A winger with plenty of pace and tricks, he's earned praise as an excellent dribbler since making his Scottish Premiership bow in August past.
He's far from the finished product, but there's no doubting Smith could have an X-factor and his physical make-up puts him in the Steven Naismith category.
There are plenty of exciting talents in Scotland's top flight, and big clubs will be keeping an eye out for the next Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk or Kieran Tierney. In recent seasons, Scotland has begun to re-establish itself as a breeding ground for up-and-coming talents. Scottish-born youngers, as well as promising would-be stars from around Europe, now know that a leading role in this league can help them push towards the bright lights and big-money of England's Premier League.
A Scottish disability charity has won a €50,000 UEFA award for their work during lockdown.
Team United aim to support young people with disabilities, in particular autism, and have been working hard to provide support for their young people during lockdown as well as continuing to make progress with exciting new projects for when sporting activities do eventually return.
As a result, they have deservedly been recognised by UEFA for their work and have won the UEFA Foundation 2020 Children’s Award and received €50,000.
Ann Brown, Team United director said: “We were nominated by The Scottish FA and I believe this is the first time in over 10 years that they have won through a nomination from a partner.
“We are absolutely delighted, and this will help to increase our work and further develop the pathway for young players with autism.”
In addition the charity have also been offering online coaching, challenges, a super scoreboard score card for the German league, and are also, with special permission from the SFA, able to hold individual one to one sessions with young people who have been more affected by lockdown and the impact of their mental health.
Team United have been involved in many projects of late, and amid the COVID-19 pandemic have been working hard to ensure that they can deliver it as soon as they return which includes their new TEAM LEADERS Project.
Ann continued: “TEAM LEADERS is aimed at young people aged 14-16 years who would like to be more involved in football-related matters off the pitch but also combine their skills and talents in football helping achieve results that will prove invaluable later in life.
“Six young people are currently working on specific areas that will enable us to deliver a successful league launch. We are connecting with them via Zoom on a one to one basis and they then come together monthly to discuss and progress ideas.”
Young players, from the age of six, have been working on this project through their ‘player workbooks’ which focuses on allowing an individual to work on their own whilst looking at activities that enable them to think more about teamwork and the benefits of this. The workbook also covers diet and exercise.
Prior to lockdown, Team United received some funding from ‘Awards for All’ to further develop a new, innovative project called The Generational Game.
Ann explained: “Team United players will develop a dream team of the greatest 11 players and a manager from the 1990 to 2020 period.
“Once selected, the team will appear as part of a special exhibition within the Scottish Football Museum at Hampden Park. Young people have been working during lockdown on the dream team and when back, we hope to join up with the Euro 2021 project team to progress.”
If you would like to find out more about Team United and their work, you can like their Facebook page or go to their website at http://www.team-united.org.uk/.
- Paul Greig (Raith Rovers Community Foundation),
- Declan Fergus (Heart Of Midlothian FC)
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