Bonnyrigg boys graduate

The first intake of the Bonnyrigg Rose Football Academy at their graduation

The first intake of the Bonnyrigg Rose Football Academy at their graduation

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The very successful Bonnyrigg Rose Football Academy held its first graduation ceremony last week.

The academy is part of the Bonnyrigg Rose Community club and last week the first boys to complete three years in the academy graduated. The players born in 2007 have spent the last three years learning, training and playing football.
Coached by Scottish FA trained coaches they have trained once a week and played each Saturday in the Fun Fours or Super Fives as part of the East of Scotland Soccer Development Association (ESSDA).

Bonnyrigg Rose Football Academy director Dave Kelly was delighted with the young players.

He said, “It is great to see the players graduate from the academy. We have 50 players in each year and it is great that so many have completed the three years in the academy. 
“I now wish them luck as they go onto play seven- a-side matches this season.”

The academy has 150 players at any one time, and now with the 2007s graduating it is due to welcome the new players in the 2010s in March.