Having watched both youth football and rugby in recent years, it's very easy to see that the better athletes, in terms of height/speed/strength, are on the rugby pitch. Many of the teams I've seen at u14 level rugby have been filled with rapid 6 footers, something you just don't see at football.
This ties in with rugby being more of a 'middle-class' game. Many studies (and actual figures, British Olympic squads for example) show that a hugely disproportionate number of top UK athletes come from middle-class backgrounds. Given this fact, surely Scottish football should be targeting middle-class kids if they want to improve the game at the top level?
Taking football away from the 'working-class' to improve standards. Controversial? Would it work?
Edited by Clydeview, 29 December 2017 - 02:56 PM.