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Stranraer FC leave Club Academy Scotland

  Stranraer FC have officially announced that they will no longer be a part of the Club Academy Scotland setup.   The Sc...

CLUB PROFILE: Buckie Thistle FC Youth Development on a mission

Buckie Thistle Football Development is on the up with a pathway from P1 all the way into the first team at Buckie Thistle FC who participate i...

CLUB PROFILE: Thistle Youth FC going places

Thistle Youth Club was established in 2015 by a group of football and community minded coaches and parents from North East Aberdeenshire who w...

Blantyre Soccer Academy launch girls football pathway

  Blantyre Soccer Academy, who have run a very successful boys academy for some time now, have recently been trying to form a pathway...

CLUB PROFILE: City Youth FC off to a great start

City Youth FC have been inaugurated into the Aberdeen and District Juvenile Leagues this season and there is a lot to look forward to for the ...

  • Stranraer FC leave Club Academy Scotland

  • CLUB PROFILE: Buckie Thistle FC Youth Development on a mission

  • CLUB PROFILE: Thistle Youth FC going places

  • Blantyre Soccer Academy launch girls football pathway

  • CLUB PROFILE: City Youth FC off to a great start

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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.