Dylan called up for national squad

Dylan (in red) is congratulated on his call-up by his team-mates, Braidhurst rector Derrick Hannan and Motherwell FC's Scott Leitch and Paul Burns.
Dylan (in red) is congratulated on his call-up by his team-mates, Braidhurst rector Derrick Hannan and Motherwell FC's Scott Leitch and Paul Burns.

Third-year Braidhurst High pupil Dylan Falconer has been called up to the Scotland under-15 squad taking part in an international camp in Turkey.

Dylan lives locally and shortly after joining the school was promoted to the Scottish Football Association School of Football initiative based in the school.

A forward who has been signed pro-youth with Motherwell FC, Dylan has been a member of the highly successful school team which has won the Scottish schools under-13 and under-14 trophies in consecutive years.

The party to Turkey will be led by Scot Gemmill, the international under 15 team coach, supported by a team including coaches, physiotherapist, doctor, video analyst, sports scientist, kit man and education officer.

Motherwell Youth Academy head Scott Leitch said he was delighted Dylan had become the latest in a number of its players selected at national level.

He said: “We rate Dylan very highly and our coaching staff will continue to work hard with him, to fully realise his full potential.”

And Braidhurst rector Derrick Hanan added: “Congratulations to Dylan on his selection for what should be a marvellous trip.

“Having watched his development over the past few years I am not at all surprised.

“He has tremendous natural talent and is very well liked by staff and pupils.

“He has greatly benefited from the daily training he has received through the School of Football initiative as well as the coaching at Motherwell FC Youth Academy which is based in the school.

“The talent within the SFA School of Football and Performance groups is tremendous.

“These schemes allow talented players to receive daily coaching from fully qualified SFA coaches and therefore more fully develop their natural skills. Dylan is just the tip of the iceberg.”