Foot­ball star Gemma in­spires school with her sport­ing visit

The Oban Times - - Districts -

KIN­LOCHLEVEN High School had a visit from the most capped fe­male foot­baller in the UK last Tues­day (June 21).

Gemma Fay, goal­keeper for the Glas­gow Ladies team and cap­tain for the Scot­tish in­ter­na­tional side, vis­ited the school to give a talk and take part in some sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties with the pupils.

Ms Fay spoke to the thirdyear stu­dents about the keys to suc­cess and how she got to where she is to­day.

Holly Bald­win (S3) said: ‘She truly cap­tured the whole class with her de­scrip­tions of her matches, the ups and downs and highs and lows of each game, talk­ing about the bat­tle against the op­po­si­tion and the game- chang­ing mo­ments in breath­tak­ing de­tail, which drew us in mak­ing us feel like we were re­ally there, in the game or cheer­ing on from the sta­dium.’

Ms Fay then spent the rest of the morn­ing play­ing games with S3, teach­ing them the im­por­tance of team­work, lis­ten­ing and quick re­flexes.

She also coached both the boys’ and girls’ foot­ball teams in the af­ter­noon.

Re­becca Small (S5) was par­tic­u­larly ex­cited about the visit, as she is also a goal­keeper.

Re­becca said: ‘The whole visit was re­ally ex­cit­ing be­cause it was a re­ward for all our vol­un­teer­ing ac­tion, our pas­sion for help­ing the com­mu­nity and par­tic­i­pat­ing in sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

‘It was so much fun and we learned so much – pass­ing skills, how to turn while play­ing as well as vol­ley­ing and goal­keep­ing skills. I came away from the af­ter­noon in­spired to get to where she is to­day.’

Head teacher Mrs Machin said: ‘It was a re­ally busy day for Gemma. She also took part in our first ever in­ter­house quid­ditch cup, in­volv­ing our new P7s, their buddies and the Kin­lochleven Midges. Gemma was a su­per sub for each of the teams along­side the house and sports cap­tains.

‘It was great fun and Gemma came away say­ing that she was go­ing to set­ting up her own quid­ditch team soon.

‘ We all re­ally en­joyed hav­ing Gemma in our school for the day. One thing is for cer­tain: Gemma may have left the school but her mes­sages of how to suc­ceed will def­i­nitely stay with us all.’

Gemma Fay with S3 pupils dur­ing her visit to Kin­lochleven High School.

Gemma gave train­ing ad­vice to the boys’ team.

The girls’ team ben­e­fited from Gemma’s coach­ing.

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