Marcela leads Academy team, watched by Scotland international

Marcela McMillan and Cherie Woods took part in The Bank of Scotland Midnight League South West Regional Final on Friday.
Marcela McMillan and Cherie Woods took part in The Bank of Scotland Midnight League South West Regional Final on Friday.

Rothesay’s Marcela McMillan couldn’t hide her delight after she had the once in a lifetime opportunity to play at Ayr United’s Somerset Park in front of a former Scotland international.

McMillan, 17, was Rothesay Academy’s ‘Community Captain’ at The Bank of Scotland Midnight League South West Regional Final on Friday where she had the chance to meet former international Gary Teale.

The Bank of Scotland Midnight League is a network of five-a-side football games that aims to keep youngsters aged between 12 and 16 off the streets and give them something to do on a Friday and Saturday night.

Run in partnership with the Scottish FA, and supported by the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities programme, local council or trust funding, the Bank of Scotland Midnight League programme has expanded over the last 13 years to be established in all 32 Scottish local authorities with more than 7,000 young people participating across 100 communities each year.

The ‘Community Captains’ initiative was new this year and sees each participating skipper handed key responsibilities, which includes organising their squad’s attendance, encouraging good behaviours, and promoting the sessions.

McMillan said: “It’s really great playing in the Midnight League because it’s really good fun, and it’s good for us to get away from the island and play some football.

“I love being a Community Captain as well because it means I have quite an important role to make sure everyone is getting involved.”

Bank of Scotland Midnight League is a free national network of diversionary 5-a-side football activity, targeting male and females between 12 to 16 year olds across the country. For more information click here.