4A24CEEF-17F5-463D-931EC357AC2C7ABCThe Scottish FA held the fourth National School Finals for players with a Learning Disability at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility recently. 

The 2012-2013 National Finals were contested between 11 schools from across Scotland, representing all six Scottish FA Regions. The schools qualified for the National Championships by finishing within the top two places from their regional competition.

Regional Qualifiers

West Region 
Winners: St Oswalds
Runners Up: Abercorn

Central Region
Winners: Buchanan High
Runners Up: Firpark

East Region
Winners: Balwearie High
Runners Up: Lochgelly High

South East Region
Winners:  Cedarbank
Runners Up: West Calder

South West Region
Winners: Park High
Runners Up: Stane Castle

North Region 
Winners: Cordyce
Runners Up: Bucksburn

David McArdle, Scottish FA Disability Development Officer, said: “The regional set-up has been a fantastic development within the Scottish FA, with over 40 schools with over 400 players being given the opportunity to play football on a regular basis.”

Players were also out to impress Learning Disability National Squad coaches in the hope of achieving selection to the current Home Nations Champions Squad for the 2013/2014 Season.

After a number of upsets during the group stages, Firpark, Abercorn, St Oswalds and Cedarbank qualified for the semi-finals and after two tense games Champions Abercorn finally lost their crown and undefeated streak – which lasted nearly four years – as Firpark defeated them to make the final.

In the other semi-final, West Regional Winners St Oswalds overcame South East National Winners Cedarbank to set up a West v Central Final.

St Oswalds, thanks to goals from National Squad players Kieran Mills and Daniel Griffen, ran out winners and lifted the National Trophy.

David added:“The National Championship once again showed the talent within Scotland with some great players showing their ability here today. 

“The day gave the National Squad coaches plenty to think about in terms of introducing new players to the programme for next year.”

“The School League has provided an opportunity for players to gain more experience of playing the sport with 13 of the 16 player squad who won the Home Nations Championship this year having a School League background.

“I would like to thank all the dedicated teachers and volunteers for their efforts this year to ensue players are able to attend the Regional games and all the staff and support the Scottish FA has received during the year to ensure the events run to a high standard.”
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