Young foot­ballers praised by MSP

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Ruther­glen MSP James Kelly used a de­bate in the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment on youth football to praise two young foot­ballers from Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang.

The de­bate fo­cussed on the value of youth football in com­mu­ni­ties but also high­lighted the im­por­tance of how young peo­ple are treated by teams, es­pe­cially on is­sues such as the wages paid to young pro­fes­sion­als.

Ad­di­tion­ally, Mr Kelly used his speech to recog­nise the growth in women’s football in re­cent years, and drew at­ten­tion to two lo­cal 15-yearold girls, Mur­ron Cun­ning­ham from Stonelaw High and Bro­gan Hay from Trin­ity High, who were se­lected to the Scot­land un­der-15s team.

Mr Kelly said:“Football is a big part of our lives and up­bring­ing. It’s re­ally im­por­tant in our con­stituen­cies and his­tor­i­cally has made a ma­jor con­tri­bu­tion to them.

“I also very much welcome the growth in women’s and girls football in re­cent years. In fact, two young­sters from my con­stituency—Mur­ron Cun­ning­ham and Bro­gan Hay—are part of the Scot­land un­der-15s girls team.

“They are very much to be com­mended on their suc­cess.

“Nil by Mouth has some ex­cel­lent schemes in which it uses football as a method to tackle sec­tar­i­an­ism and bring down bar­ri­ers be­tween com­mu­ni­ties. I strongly com­mend the work of Dave Scott and his team in that re­gard.

“Although there is plenty to celebrate, this de­bate raises a lot of is­sues about the way in which young peo­ple are treated.

“When young peo­ple are tied into con­tracts and are un­able to play as freely as they would like, that is both un­fair and an in­fringe­ment of their rights.

“It is also to­tally un­ac­cept­able that clubs are pay­ing young­sters less than the min­i­mum wage.

“It is in­cum­bent not only on the clubs but on the football author­i­ties— the SFA and the SPFL—to take re­spon­si­bil­ity in this area and en­sure that that does not hap­pen.”

Tal­ent School

Bro­gan Hay from Trin­ity High

Praise Stonelaw’s Mur­ron Cun­ning­ham

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