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Smugness is a deplorable state but one in which the average English football fan cannot deny finding some comfort occasionally. Despair might rear its head many times throughout the average season but there is always the knowledge that you could support Scotland to bring things back into perspective. For so long has the Scottish fans’ plight been a source of comfort to the rest of Britain that it is almost taken for granted that their current lack of form will continue.
But every so often you do find yourself wondering what the Authentic Prada Factory Outlet Online hell is going on up there. Are they edging any closer to sorting things out north of Hadrian’s Wall? Are there any plans, yet, to lift themselves from the doldrums? And, pray, how did they find themselves in such a lousy state in the first place? Blame has been apportioned to various quarters for Scotland’s footballing demise but to date none of it seems entirely plausible.
An influx of foreign players throughout the professional leagues, for instance, is regularly cited as the reason for a decline in home-grown talent. That, though, is a lame explanation when England faces the same dilemma but manages to produce the goods through academies at clubs.
It remains to be seen whether the Scottish clubs’ equivalent, many still in their infancy, will make an impact. Meanwhile, watch an Old Firm game and you are lucky to spot a fully fledged member of the Tartan Army on Authentic Prada Outlet Online Uk the pitch. Scottish players were once prolific even in England but are now a scarcity anywhere. Where have they all gone and, more worryingly, from where is the next generation likely to emerge?
Following a comprehensive review of the gloom and doom, the Scottish Football Association launched a 31.1m programme – “Many Players replica prada short wallets, One Goal: An Action Plan for Scottish Youth Football” – earlier this year and, over the next decade, it aims to address the down-turn in performance – which is all well and good, especially when the ultimate aim is to lift the nation from its current lowly position of 77th in the Fifa world rankings to Authentic Prada Shoes Outlet a more respectable place in the top 25 by 2015.
Among the central tenets of the SFA scheme is a pledge to get 20% Authentic Prada Leather Handbag more youngsters involved Black Prada Bag With Gold in the game compared with current levels. Scotland has one of the lowest number of players as a percentage of population in Europe, the researchers discovered; the figure of 3.6% is less than half that of similar-sized countries such as the Netherlands and Norway. Key staff are currently being appointed to mastermind the grand initiative which is part-funded by the SFA and the Scottish Executive.
One supposes that they have delved deeply enough into the action-plan findings to appreciate their task is not going to be easy, because it seems that deeply embedded social issues are preventing Scottish youngsters from playing football. Of course, the national rise in parent paranoia which is fuelling the cessation of street football, and the transformation of any grass pitches into luxury flats is as relevant Authentic Prada Trainers in Scotland as it is anywhere else. But there is more at play than that.
Buried amid the statistics and proposals of the SFA action plan are suggestions such as “Scotland’s weather, geography and declining population have had the combined effect of fewer players being involved, [more] injuries and postponements and a declining interest in the game”. They want more indoor facilities and central heating, less mud, grass and brass monkey temperatures. In short, they appear to have become downright namby-pamby up there. This shift in attitude could prove more telling than the lack of financial support and facilities combined.
Who could envisage former Scottish stars of the 70s and 80s being deterred from football by the prospect of Ap Lei Chau Prada Factory Outlet getting cold? But the SFA appears to be responding with plans to mollycoddle kids Are Prada Mens Shoes Good into playing the game by providing them with what they want.
Instead of embracing football’s most basic appeal – that you do not need flashy kit or facilities to get involved – they are reinforcing the myth that Agatha Ruiz Dela Prada Online Shop they are required to advance in the modern game. And the upshot will surely be that, given the choice, the average Scottish youngster will continue to give football a miss and stay at home.