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Club Academy Scotland players given the school football green light

  A statement on the Scottish Schools FA website read:   The Scottish Schools FA is pleased to announce that...

Future Pro USA trial events in October & November

  Ever fancied playing in the USA? Every year up and coming Scottish youth players are making the trip across the pond to combine the...

YFS previews the IFA U17 World Cup

  The countdown is on until the inaugural International Futsal Alliance World Cup. The event kicks off on Tuesday (6th September) at ...

Five young Scots breaking through in England

Ethan Hamilton (Manchester United) – A long-term servant to Hutchison Vale, the Edinburgh-born midfielder signed a deal with the Manches...

Find new players or a friendly match

The close season is here and teams across Scotland seek new players and friendly matches. The YFS Clubfinder tool helps make those matches. - To ...

  • Club Academy Scotland players given the school football green light

  • Future Pro USA trial events in October & November

  • YFS previews the IFA U17 World Cup

  • Five young Scots breaking through in England

  • Find new players or a friendly match

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Rhonda Jones is an established Scotland Women's international. At the time of writing she has an impressive seventy-eight caps and two goals to her name whilst representing her country. After a spell in the USA she has returned to skipper Hibernian. Under her captaincy Hibs beat much fancied Glasgow City en route to winning the Women's Unite Scottish Cup.
 
Now she answers five questions on his youth career for YFS...
 


1. Which clubs did you play for in your youth career?
I played for Motherwell Rovers from age 13-15 then onto Ayr United LFC from 16-21. I then left to the USA on scholarship to Florida Atlantic University. 
 
2. Who were the best players you played with and against during your youth career?
The best player I played with was Julie Fleeting in my Ayr United days. A true professional and down to earth girl. The toughest player I ever player against was Debbie McWhinnie when she player with Cumbernauld Cosmos, thankfully now she plays on the same team as me. I don't have to put up with her diving in the box any more!
 
3. Who were your role models as a young player?
My role model was Ally McCoist. Unfortunately I never emulated his scoring technique and was relegated to defence.
 
4. Who was your favourite coach at youth level?
My favourite coach was Hugh Flynn at Ayr United. We were promoted straight into the premier league in our first year together. He was heart and soul Ayr United and he was a fantastic guy. I also loved when Jim Fleeting was our National Team Coach. He was so inspirational.
 
5. If you had one piece of advice to today’s generation of youth football players, what would it be?
When I coach I always make sure players are working with both feet. Something I always regret is not training my weaker foot. To the young players of today I'd say, reach for the stars and never give up on your dreams... always give it your all with your heart on your sleeve and never ever give up, no matter what.