Jackson nets a footballing first

Jackson Lee and Scott Brown.

Jackson Lee and Scott Brown.

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A GLENROTHES boy has become the first in Fife to be offered a place at an elite football school, reports MIKE DELANEY.

Jackson Lee has been selected to attend the academy-style set-up at Edinburgh’s Broughton High.

The 11 year-old will combine normal schoolwork with high-level coaching as part of a Scottish Football Association project to improve standards in the national game from the grass roots up.

Jackson, who attends Rimbleton Primary School, plays for Real Fife under-12s and is a keen Celtic supporter.

Proud Dad, Richard said: “The SFA schools have been introduced on the back of the Henry McLeish report on the state of our national game.

“Jackson is the only boy in Fife to have been offered a place at the school and will begin secondary there after the summer holidays, where he will have a curriculum tailored around football and will receive top coaching from the SFA each day and will play with some of Scotlands best talent at his age group.

“To be offered a place Jackson has undergone a rigorous selection process and is one of only 12 boys to be selected.

 “His ambition is to be a footballer, like most boys.

“It’s a very exciting opportunity for him and with it being the first year of the scheme there’s nothing to say other Glenrothes boys won’t get through in years to come.