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Scottish FA Performance School

St John’s RC High School

The programme is open to boys and girls who are currently in our P7 cohort of primary schools, who have shown exceptional talent in football and would benefit from an individualised programme. The programme is based at St John’s RC High School and will require the pupils to complete a placing request to attend the school if they are selected for the programme. This means that parents/carers are responsible for transporting the successful candidates to St John’s RC High School. The council will not be funding travel costs, however, the Scottish FA may make a contribution to travel costs in individual circumstances. The pupils' timetables will be altered to allow them to follow the programme during curriculum time.

The aim is to bring together the best young footballers from the area into a four year training and support programme designed by the Scottish Football Association and high quality specialist Performance Youth coaches (full time employees of the Scottish FA) and additional experts in fitness training and physical conditioning will deliver the programme to the players who are selected to join the programme. The Performance Manager and the Head Teacher at St John’s RC High School will have overall responsibility for the direction and organisation of the Performance School and will ensure pupils achieve the right balance between sport and academic life.

We will be holding trials for the first and second stage of selection at the DISC in Dundee. The first trial will be held on Tuesday 19th February 2019 from 5.30-7.00 pm, this is for recreational players and girls only.  The second trial will be held on Tuesday 5th March 2019 from 5.30-7.00 pm and will consist of players who were successful in trial one and also players from the professional clubs.

The date for the third trial is Wednesday 13th March 2019, 11.00 am – 4.00 pm at Toryglen, Glasgow.  Trial 3 will consist of players who were successful in trial 2.

For those who are selected after the trials, there will be a meeting and interviews for parents/carers and players at the school on Thursday 21st March 2019 at 1.00 pm. Only after the parents’ meeting will a final decision be made on the successful players.  This is a significant commitment from all parties, including the families and the young people who are successful at the end of the selection process.


The application form is on the SFA website, please use the link below to access this.

This is for Primary 7 pupils entering S1 in August 2019.

The closing date for applications is Friday 8th February 2019 if you are signed by a recreational club and Friday 15th February 2019 if you are signed by a professional club.


Iain Jenkins

Elite Performance Coach