Montrose footballer Logan Stewart admits he was on cloud nine after receiving a Bank of Scotland Midnight League Player of the Year award from Scotland international Steven Whittaker.
The award is the culmination of this year’s Bank of Scotland Midnight League, which is a network of five-a-side football games targeting 12 to 16 year olds that has been running since January in communities across all 32 local authorities in the country.
After making a positive impact with his skills and commitment, Stewart was chosen as one of just 24 players nationwide to be invited to Hampden Park on Saturday to receive their award and some valuable advice from former Rangers and Hibernian star Whittaker.
The 13-year-old was also treated to a training session at Lower Hampden, home of Queen’s Park FC, by a Scottish FA coach before watching the national side draw 1-1 with Lithuania in their World Cup qualifier.
And Montrose Academy pupil Stewart said: “I got involved when a mate asked me to come down and try it and since then I’ve been going every week because I really enjoy it.
“You don’t have any pressure when you are playing so you can express yourself and play how you want. I have more composure on the ball because I’ve had time to train.”
“Today has been good, I liked the bit of training at the start where we did the passes. I learned about balance on the ball and making space.
“It’s big for me because I never thought I’d get the opportunity to come down here and train. It’s good to see a Scotland player and get advice from him.”
Norwich City defender Whittaker was in attendance to not only present the medals but also took part in a question and answer session and offer advice to the young footballers.
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 please visit: www.scottishfa.co.uk/midnightleague