Laura Colthart's love of the beautiful game brought her success in School Region four.
Fifteen-year-old Laura attends Dalziel High School in Motherwell, North Larnarkshire.
Her essay is about how much she enjoys football playing, watching and coaching.
My Passion for Football
I am the type of person who enjoys many sports, but there is one sport that I have a passion for football! I am totally football crazy and can prove it
I support Motherwell Football Club and I attend home matches regularly. I have been supporting Motherwell for nearly three years now. I love going to matches and hearing the roar of the crowd when the team comes out of the tunnel. I am not a critical fan, but every team has a bad day.
Some of my friends think that it's weird for girls to attend football matches. I totally disagree, as football is not just a male sport. As well as supporting Motherwell, I am also their mascot, along with some of my friends. We walk around the pitch and entertain the crowd before the match starts and at half-time. For doing this, we get paid and get into all home matches for free. It's great! I'm a true supporter!
As well as watching football, I also play it. I don't yet play for a team, but I play regularly with my friends. I love school holidays as we play nearly every day. Some boys don't like me joining in as they think that football is only a male's sport. They soon get a piece of my mind. My female friends don't enjoy playing football, but they still give me support!
As I don't play for a team and there are no teams in my area, I decided to write to Motherwell Football Club asking them if they had any intentions of getting a girls' team up at Fir Park. About a month later, I received a letter from then informing me that the club had no intentions of getting a girls' team.
I then decided to write again and ask the same, but this time I offered to help to organise it and encourage girls to get involved. I got the same response. I decided to take matters into my own hands and find out how many girls would be interested, to prove to Motherwell Football Club that it's worth getting a team, but Motherwell have still shown no interest in it. I am going to leave the subject for a while, but I'm not giving up!
I am also a football coach. Although I have to be 16 to get my official certificates, I decided to start learning early and I'm really interested in the sport. I coach on a Sunday afternoon in my school. I coach 8 to 12-year-old children for two hours every Sunday. I enjoy coaching the children, but I'm also learning at the same time.
This is the basic outline of my passion for football! I just hope that Motherwell get a girls' football team and, you never know, I might be playing for Scotland's women's team one day!