ACTIVE youngsters scored big with a coaching session from Scottish football stars.

Pupils from Castlehead High School in Paisley enjoyed a training session with Scotland international Leanne Crichton, St Mirren stars Anton Ferdinand and Jordan Kilpatrick and former Celtic and Motherwell player Scott McDonald.

The activity was part of a new initiative led by sportscotland, the national agency for sport, and BBC Scotland focusing on highlighting the importance of sport in the school’s curriculum.

Around 40 boys and girls attended the session and their coaches gave them hints and tips while sharing their stories from the world of football over the years.

Leanne said: “I loved coaching at Castlehead High, we’ve seen over 40 pupils really making the most of this chance to have a new coaching experience and their love of football is obvious.

“They’re determined to improve their footballing skills and their enthusiasm on the pitch was brilliant to see.”

Pupils, parents, and staff were given the opportunity to participate in a question and answer session with the sporting personalities live on-air with BBC Sportsound, asking about their career highlights as well as discussing Scotland’s sporting landscape.

Castlehead High holds the sportscotland Gold School Sport Award, a prestigious national award that recognises innovation and achievement in delivering physical education and extra-curricular sport.

Chris Neill, principal Teacher of PE said: “Hosting the radio show here in the school and being able to offer a coaching session like this has given us a chance to create a memorable experience for our pupils. We are delighted to be working in partnership with sportscotland and BBC Scotland. 

“It gives us a chance to bring people together through sport.”