Officers at Rutherglen Glencairn worry their youthful gamers have missed out on practically a 12 months’s value of expertise and studying because of the influence of coronavirus.
The membership’s youth sides fall below the newbie soccer class, that means that they’ve barely kicked a ball since final March.
Glencairn’s senior aspect was capable of resume taking part in for a spell within the autumn, earlier than the most recent lockdown closed the membership down once more.
Nevertheless, membership chiefs have larger fears relating to the Beneath 21s set-up, and consider that by the point restrictions are lifted a lot of their squad will now not be eligible.
The Glens enchantment has been backed by record MSP James Kelly, who has written to Florence Witherow, the chief government of the Scottish Soccer Youth Affiliation urging motion.
Glens president Alex McArthur is delighted to have the backing of the MSP and stated: “I’m happy James Kelly is on board with our calls to increase the age group of Beneath-21s squads by a 12 months.
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“The intermittent suspension of newbie soccer all through the pandemic has left many younger gamers having missed out on nearly a full 12 months of taking part in with their squads.
“The abilities, expertise and wider advantages of participation from time within the Beneath-21 squad is invaluable. It’s a nice disgrace so many gamers have been unable to expertise their full time inside their age group.
“Given the consideration being given to those elements within the decrease age teams, the Scottish Soccer Youth Affiliation should give consideration to doing the identical for Beneath-21s squads.”
It’s understood the Beneath-20s lowland league has submitted a request for the forthcoming 21/22 season and that the proposal has been ratified.
The SYFA is at present taking a look at extending the age group of Beneath-20s for a 12 months.
Mr Kelly stated: “Soccer golf equipment all through the Glasgow area, corresponding to Rutherglen Glencairn have sturdy Beneath-21s squads who, alongside their golf equipment, are property to the communities that they symbolize. The involvement of youth gamers is invaluable to their bodily and psychological wellbeing.
“Sadly, because it stands most of the gamers throughout the Beneath-21 age group are prone to have exceeded the age standards of their squad by the point newbie sport is given the inexperienced gentle to renew in Scotland.
“Having missed out on nearly a full 12 months of bodily exercise, in addition to the social facets of their participation, I consider strikes ought to be made to make sure that these younger gamers are capable of make up for misplaced time.”
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