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​Reece Follows His Field of Dreams


reece beaton with children from football clubRenfrewshire football fanatic Reece Beaton is kicking off his dream of a career in sport by embarking on an NC in Sport and Fitness at Glasgow Clyde College.

For the past two years, 16-year-old Reece has been supported by ENABLE Scotland – the leading charity for people with learning disabilities in Scotland.

Reece, of Renfrew Road, recently left Renfrew High School after taking advantage of ENABLE Scotland’s ‘Stepping Up’ programme.

As part of ‘Stepping Up,’ Reece worked with Dalmuir-based transitions coordinator Kevin Morrison to assess his skills and match them with a potential learning and career direction.

In partnership with St Mirren Football Club, Kevin helped establish a pioneering football project which teaches young people about how to behave in groups, respect their peers and coaches and take responsibility for the care of equipment. 

The project, which aims to give young people experiences that can be transferred to the workplace, saw Reece taking charge of warm-up sessions and getting to know Dave MacKay, head of community at St Mirren FC.

Dave mentored an enthusiastic and more confident Reece and put him through his first two Scottish Football Association badges.

Having applied for a place at Glasgow Clyde College, Kevin accompanied Reece at his interview and explained his complexities and the areas in which he may require support.

Ardent Celtic and Barcelona follower Reece received an unconditional acceptance and begins a course in September which he hopes will lead to a career in football coaching, community work and youth development.

“When he was accepted for the college course, Reece couldn’t keep the smile off his face,” said Kevin.

“He is excited and proud and rightly so. He greatly appreciates the opportunity to follow his dream.”

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