SFA: School of Football


Braidhurst High is a non-denominational comprehensive school. Our first group of School of Football pupils joined us in 2008.Since then, we have gathered vast experience in the running of the programme.

The appointed coaches are Mr Paul Burns and Mr Steven Hamilton who have Advanced Children’s Licenses, UEFA Advanced Elite Youth Licenses and UEFA Adult Licenses. Paul Burns is Head of the Children’s Programme for Motherwell FC Academy and Steven Hamilton is Head of Football Development Officer for SFA/North Lanarkshire Leisure.

Pupils on the programme attend school full time whilst receiving one period of football coaching each day. As Head teacher, I have absolutely no doubt that the programme has helped raise pupil expectations and aspirations. Feedback from pupils, parents and staff has been extremely positive.

School Information

We are extremely proud of our National Sports Comprehensive Status, being one of the first in Scotland to achieve this accolade. We are also pleased to have become a magnet school for talented footballers through our Scottish FA School of Football. From August 2012 the school has been home to one of the Scottish FA Performance School Programmes and from 2016 the home of a dedicated Girls only School of Football. The school has a well-deserved reputation, with an outstanding climate for learning, enjoyed by all our pupils. We have high standards and expectations for all in Braidhurst where everyone is given support to reach their potential. The quality of educational provision has been further recognised by our Scottish FA Quality Mark Award.

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