THE FUTURE stars of Italian football put their skills to the test when they visited Holy Rood High School.
Ten members of the under-21 Italian team will took centre stage to answer questions about their life on and off the pitch by members of the school football team and Italian language pupils.
The squad were joined by World Cup Winning stars, Ciro Ferrara and Angelo Peruzzi who were on hand to talk about their careers and international playing experiences.
Coaches and players of the Scottish Under 21 football team were also there to welcome the guests on their visit to Edinburgh, ahead of their match against the Italian team on Wednesday 25 April.
Ferrara, Head Coach and Peruzzi, Assistant Coach, are former Champions League winning team mates, taking the title in 1996 with Juventus.
The coaches also won several national titles in their illustrious playing careers with the Italian giants and represented their country on many occasions.
Holy Rood RC High School has strong links with Italy through its popular Italian language course that pupils are continuing to excel in.
Some of the current language stars will have the chance to showcase their skills with a presentation to the players about Edinburgh in Italian. The school football team will also be there to show off their very own ‘calcio’ (football) skills to the players and coaching staff.
This high profile visit from some of the future stars of the Italian team will be a great boost to pupils studying Modern Languages and PE, embodying the ethos of Curriculum for Excellence.
City Education Leader, Councillor Marilyne MacLaren said: “We are delighted to welcome the under-21 team and their coaches to Edinburgh. It is great to see the school building these strong international links that is at the heart of what Edinburgh stands for as International City of Learning. I am sure that the pupils will take a lot away from this and it will bring a new dimension to their PE and language lessons.”
Chris Lowe, PE teacher at Holy Rood RC High School said: “Both pupils and teachers are honoured to have the team at the school. I know that our pupils are looking forward to getting some useful tips and hints from the future stars of Italian football. It will also be a great chance for them to test their own language skills and showcase some of the sporting talent we have here at Holy Rood High.”