PUPILS at St Vincent’s Primary School were given a treat this week after football commentator Ian Crocker paid a visit to the school.

The famous commentator was invited along to the Thornliebank-based school after pupils won a competition that saw them create their own commentary over footage of Scotland qualifying for the European Championships in Serbia.

Pupils were given a commentating masterclass by Ian Crocker as part of UEFA's 'Learning Through Football' scheme.

He said: “It’s been 23 years since Scotland last qualified for a men’s finals, long before any of the kids at St Vincent’s Primary School were even born, but it was wonderful to see just how enthusiastic and excited they were about Scotland and UEFA EURO 2020.

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“Learning Through Football is a powerful tool which provides teachers with a platform to use football and UEFA EURO 2020 to support schoolchildren across a number of the curriculum areas and it’s humbling to see how they’ve recreated the commentary from Scotland’s penalty win over Serbia within the programme.

“There are certainly some budding commentators at St Vincent’s and I hope they get the opportunity to recreate more special moments when Scotland conquer UEFA EURO 2020!”

Vincent Gillon, St Vincent’s Primary School head teacher, added: “This visit from Ian was fantastic for the kids and it’s really brought it home that the competition starts this week.

“We have children from all over Europe in our school and there’s so much good banter between the children and the staff – lots of excitement!”

Jennifer McFadden, Primary 5b teacher, added: “When the kids found out they’d won they were absolutely buzzing! They are so excited for the EUROs and have made their own timetable and been researching the players this term."