Leah scores football school place

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A rising Arbroath footballer has been selected to attend the Scottish FA East Region Performance School in Dundee.

Former Arbroath Inchcape player Leah Fleming (11) will attend the school at St John’s High School, Dundee, from August having been awarded a place in the 2013-14 intake of male and female players.

Leah, who plays for Forfar Farmington’s under-13 Blue United team, will now benefit from receiving a footballing education with a mainstream academic curriculum while attending the school.

A minimum of five footballing sessions are delivered during the course of the school week focusing on development of key fundamental skills such as balance, agility, speed, movement and co-ordination.

In preparation for moving up to St Johns High, Leah was guest of honour at Sunday’s Scottish Women’s Premier League match between Farmington and Kilwinning, posing with the first team before taking to the field with captain Nicola Davidson, as match mascot.

Leah was also able to catch up with her favourite Farmington player Rachael Small, citing the Scotland internationalist’s speed and skill as attributes she would love to develop for herself.

“This is a great opportunity for Leah” said Rachael, “and it’s something that I would have loved to have accessed when I was that age.

“I think the fact that she will be competing with, and developing alongside boys will only help her progress.”

Leah, previously with Arbroath Inchcape under-11, continues to feature in local girls performance squads.

And her manager at Forfar Farmington, Lee Hutcheon said: “We’re all thrilled that Leah has been selected for the performance school and I think it goes to show the enthusiasm that both Leah and her parents have for the game.”