MEMBERS of Alloa Saints FC have been able to continue playing at home during the coronavirus lockdown by taking their training online.

The kids' football team, comprised of around 100 members between the under 7s and under 15s age groups, has been making the most of online training sessions to keep their skills sharp.

Youngsters have been using a web-based 'home hub' provided by internationally renowned coaching company Coerver.

The hub gives them access to videos and lessons on various skills and techniques from the comfort and safety of their own home.

Members of the Wee County club can practice those skills and techniques in their living rooms, hallways, bedrooms or gardens.

Players can also record themselves training and send it to Coerver, and the best video will be picked by the company's Scotland director, Joe Jones.

Paul Robertson, Alloa Saints FC's chairman, told the Advertiser: "They're really enjoying it, it's getting some good reviews."

Away from football, the players have been asked to show their support for the the NHS and the many other essential workers by painting rainbow pictures – with the best winning a prize.

Coaches are also taking part in their own version of the competition, and Paul said: "The bar has certainly been set high with the husband and wife coaching team of David and Shiree Eadie (pictured) who produced their masterpiece on the first day of entries."

And outlining some of the other things being done by the club during the coronavirus pandemic, he said: "[We] have recognised the pressures on parents and families in the community and have given all parents a payments holiday for as long as the squads are not playing.

"The club has also made donations to Beechwood and Alloa Park care homes of bacterial wipes which it had purchased but not used.

"It is hoped that once the crisis is over the club players will visit these homes to show that irrespective of age, we're all in this together."