Italian Under-21 football team visit Holy Rood RC High

The future stars of Italian football put their skills to the test when they visited Holy Rood High School today (24 April).

Seven members of the under-21 Italian team 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. You can see more photos of the event on our facebook page.

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 welcomed 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 showcased their skills with a presentation to the players about Edinburgh in Italian.

Marcus Campanile and Jordan Sinclair, two members of the school football team showed 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 was 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 took a lot away from this and it brought a new dimension to their PE and language lessons."

Chris Lowe, PE teacher at Holy Rood RC High School said: "Both pupils and teachers were honoured to have the team at the school. I know that our pupils got some useful tips and hints from the future stars of Italian football. It was also 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."

See Deadline News's coverage of the event:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=VA7nsnQCIBs

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