SCOTLAND may have been taught a footballing lesson by the best team in the world last week – but at least one group of supporters in the stands at Hampden were watching carefully in the hope of learning a few new skills to bring back to their Helensburgh training sessions.

Boys and girls from Ardencaple FC were VIP guests of the SFA at Hampden Park on September 9 for the Euro 2020 qualifier in which Belgium beat Scotland 4-0.

To celebrate Caple being awarded Platinum Status as part of its Quality Mark accreditation scheme, the SFA very kindly invited 55 members – players and parents alike – to attend the match.

Wilson’s of Rhu, local coach operator and major Caple sponsor, donated a luxury coach for the evening and everyone travelled in style to what was being described as a must-win fixture for Scotland.

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Unfortunately, the one downside of the night was the final result on the pitch; our national team losing by 4-0 against a superbly talented Belgian side.

Caple chairman Craig Holborn commented: “What a wonderful gesture from the SFA and also from Wilson’s of Rhu – our massive vote of thanks to them both for laying on such a fabulous occasion.

“Whilst the final score was disappointing from Scotland’s viewpoint, it was a real pleasure to see the number one ranked team in the world display such a tremendous level of skill, not to mention work-rate and sheer physicality – a fearsome combination that hopefully our young players can learn from.”

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