The disappointed football fans of Scotland should not look for better results in 2002. It is unlikely that Scotland will ever produce a world-class team while Scottish children are not guaranteed a first-rate sports education.
Such is the educational climate nowadays that even those children fortunate enough to have a first-rate sports provision in their school could be deprived of this educational advantage in coming months, here in Glasgow.
The proposal under consideration is to close a city centre school which counts among its former pupils professional footballers and Scottish champions in other sports. There are those in Glasgow who appear to think it would be an educational advantage to Woodside School pupils to close down their school and deprive them of their first-rate amenities - extensive playground area, onsite playing-fieldpitches, gymnasia, sports hall, fitness suite with state-of-the-art equipment and indoor swimming-pool - transferring the community's children instead to a school which provides few if any of these facilities on site.
Scotland needs schools which provide a high standard of excellence in physical education. Glasgow needs Woodside School. Scotland World Cup 2002? Here we come.
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