Borders Railway supports future football stars

Aspiring football stars from primary schools across Midlothian took part in Newtongrange Star FC’s first goalkeeping coaching course this month thanks to funding from the Borders Railways project.

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The course, conducted by John Craig, professional goalkeeping coach for Hearts FC and Newtongrange Star FC, saw 13 local youngsters take part in five one-hour sessions across the week.

The funding marks the second year that the Borders Railway project has supported the football club to allow them to continue their work with the local community.

John Craig, goalkeeping coach at Newtongrange Star FC, said: “Our first goalkeeping camp was a great success and we thank Borders Railway for providing us with the necessary funding to allow us to host the camp. The youngsters who took part in the sessions showed a huge amount of talent. We may have found the next goalkeeping star!”

Craig Bowman, senior communications manager, Network Rail, said: “We are delighted to be able to extend our involvement in the community with continued support for Newtongrange Star FC. We know that the more that young people are engaged in sport and other recreational activities, the less likely they are to trespass on railways and this initiative helps to achieve that goal.”

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