SFA School of Football


Charleston Academy is one of 16 Schools of Football around the country – part of the Scottish Football Association’s mission to encourage more people to play football, more often.

As a School of Football we aim to encourage those pupils participating  to be better citizens, as well as better footballers, through social and educational development.

Pupils are selected from across our Associated Primary Schools in the spring of Primary 7. Players are selected on footballing ability as well as a range of other criteria. Scottish FA coaches lead the selection and football aspects, but the programme is very much a partnership between Charleston Academy, our PE staff, our active schools co-ordinators and the football development officers.

Participants in the programme follow an enhanced timetable during S1, S2 and S3 at Charleston Academy to allow one unit of football to be delivered every day. Pupils are extracted from some subjects to facilitate this and get one unit less of PE during the week.

Throughout the programme, players have the opportunity to be identified by senior clubs involved in the Scottish FA Youth Initiative programme.

The School of Football started in 2012 at Charleston Academy and in session 2014-15 we anticipate a total of around 45 pupils to be participating from S1 to S3.

The Scottish FA Schools of Football are supported by the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities initiative. The programme at Charleston Academy is fully funded by the SFA.

Our current coach for our School of Football Programme is Mr Arthur Jack, our Community & Youth Coach who is based at Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

For further information on the programme please contact the school and ask for Arthur or Mr Russell McFee (Head of PE).

Alternatively, more general enquiries can be emailed to Mr Calum MacDonald, the North Region Development Officer or by phone on 07841 569 807.

Mr Calum MacDonald, Coordinator

Mr Calum MacDonald, Coordinator