Scotland manager Gordon Strachan this afternoon visited The Nicolson Institute to congratulate the four football teams who were successful in lifting the North of Scotland Cup for their respective age groups.

Cllr Catriona Stewart, Chair of Education and Children’s Services at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, said: “Despite living on an island, our pupils have proven that they can be successful at national level through sheer diligence and determination despite not having access to as many facilities as mainland youngsters may have.

"The Nicolson Institute Football teams have done themselves proud for a number of years now but this year has been a particularly remarkable year with five out of the six teams (boys and girls) reaching the finals of the North of Scotland Cup in their respective age groups.  For the sixth year running the Senior Girls won the North of Scotland Cup and the junior girls, senior boys and under 14 boys also took home the Cup in their age group.  The under 13 boys were also in the final of their age group.

 “It is testament to the hard work of all the pupils, coaches and parents who support them that the Scotland National Team Manager felt it appropriate to come and congratulate them here today.

"Who knows - maybe we will see some of our youngsters play for the national team in years to come!”