A Sports student from New College Lanarkshire has been selected for the Women’s national football squad for Scottish Student Sport.
Erin Wilson, who studies HND Coaching and Developing Sport at our Broadwood Campus, is one of only two college students selected for the 23-strong training squad.
The 19-year-old former Cumbernauld Academy pupil will be in contention for a place in a friendly match against Partick Thistle at Peffermill playing fields in Edinburgh this Friday.
The top 18 players from the training squad will then go on to compete in the Home Nations Competition in Wales on April 16 and 17.
Erin said: “I was delighted when the team for the national squad got announced. It gave me a lot of confidence in my own ability that I was chosen along with many talented players.
“We have had one training session with the national squad and I learned so much, so I'm looking forward to the friendly and the final selection process for the Home Nations.
“Being only one of two college students selected feels good – it shows that no matter how or where you are studying, you are capable of achieving great things.
“I hope to continue achieving within my college work and improving my football skills.”
Erin chose to study at the specialist sports campus at Broadwood because of its facilities, including use of the 8,000-seater stadium and a well-equipped gym.
With her sights set on becoming a PE teacher, she plans to progress to university after completing the HND course this summer.
Erin added: “I have always had a high interest in sport, especially football and through studying have gained a love for coaching.
“Since being a student at the College, I have learned many things, not just about coaching but about myself.
“I have increased my confidence massively by coming out of my comfort zone to try new sports and meet new people.
“I feel this has helped me with the trials for the student team as I was not as nervous when I went.
“Each day at the College is different: I like learning about coaching different ability groups, creating session plans, health and nutrition, and exercise trends.”
New College Lanarkshire is now accepting applications for a full-time Women into Football Performance course (SCQF 6) starting this August.
Taught at our Broadwood Campus, it aims to enhance football development whilst increasing education and employment opportunities.
Todd Lumsden, Curriculum and Quality Leader, said: “Erin has really excelled in her HND Coaching and Developing Sport year, developing her coaching practice along with her academic ability.
“Erin is a talented footballer and it is great to see her receive recognition for this by being selected for Scottish Student Sport (SSS) National team.
“The new female-only Football Performance course here at Broadwood Campus will allow players to develop their football ability whilst continuing their education in Sports coaching and fitness-related subjects.
“It will undoubtedly improve all aspects of the player, whilst creating a career pathway into the coaching or fitness industry.”
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