Young defender making national headlinesTom McIntyre’s busy schedule saw him hit the headlines last week during Scotland U17s’ UEFA European Championship Finals campaign in Bulgaria.
Facing matches against France, Greece and Russia, the academy defender was also juggling revision for his final GCSE exams, which he was having to take whilst away with the national team.
His Biology and Chemistry examinations both fell during the group stages and, prior to boarding the plane to Eastern Europe, the Forest School pupil had to ask Team Administrator Kirsty Mullon for permission to bring a bigger bag – in order to fit all of his reading materials in!
The Scots sadly bowed out at the first hurdle but, had they reached the final, Tom would have had to have sat all 13 of his exams in the team hotel.
The SFA’s Head of Delegation Stewart Taylor, a former Head Teacher, invigilated Tom’s two Science tests and speaking to the Scottish Sun, the young defender said: “I could hardly carry my bag up the stairs because it was so full of books!
“I’m upbeat because I’ve done a lot of revision over here and at home. As you might expect I’ve had a big of stick from the other boys, calling me ‘goody two-shoes’ and things like that.
“But I’ve been well drilled by my parents. Dad is a carpenter and Mum is a teacher, so that’s probably where I get it from. The exam papers were wrapped up and sealed so there’s been no chance of a peek sadly.”
Reading’s Academy Education Officer Becky Laffan has worked closely with Tom, and she added: “After teaching Tom, I know he is a hard working and diligent young man. He is balancing his education and football expectations well and is ensuring he has a future outside of football if required.”