Leah is town’s first Scottish Schools rep

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A young Arbroath footballer could be the first girl from the town to earn an international cap playing for the Scottish Schools.

According to the honour rolls, 14-year-old Leah Fleming is the first girl from Arbroath to play for the Scottish Schools girls squad, having appeared in this year’s Bob Docherty Tournament.

The competition was held in Wales in April and featured six teams from across Britain, the Scottish team came third after losing just one game, to England the overall tournament winners.

The selection process for the Scottish Schools side is exhaustive, with 300 girls whittled down to just 18.

The selection process for the national camp for the Under 16s squad starts next month, Leah said: “I am proud of myself and I hope I can take my football further.”

Her mother Jay added: “She’s very grounded and we hope that some day it takes her somewhere beyond Arbroath and Perth.

“As far as we know Leah’s the only one from here. We had a look at the Roll of Honour and there’s no other Arbroath girl on for the Scottish Schools, the closest is Montrose and Carnoustie.”

Leah, who has recently moved to Arbroath Academy after a three year stint at the performance school at St John’s High School in Dundee, has been playing football since she was seven.

In that time, the left back has played for St Murdoch’s, Inchcape, Forfar Farmington and is currently at Jeanfield Swifts.

The Arbroath Herald wishes Leah the best of luck in her career going forward.