Women’s National coach Anna Signeul and women’s under-19 coach Shelley Kerr are both currently studying for their Pro Licence badge at Largs and are keen to stress just how highly regarded the course is. The two coaches join a long list of people to have taken their pro license through the Scottish FA but they are the first two female coaches to take part in the course.
In sitting the UEFA Pro Licence at Largs, all the coaches undertake an extensive programme of coaching, incorporating essential game-related issues, and theory from some of the leading voices in the world game.
“The course is very highly regarded and I’m privileged to be taking part in it,” said Anna Signeul. “I knew a lot about the Pro Licence before I moved to Scotland as there is such a great history of successful coaches that have graduated from the course.”
“It’s a very good course and a fantastic experience and I’ve enjoyed every part of it. It has been really interesting to find out just how much work is involved in club management and that’s been very valuable. It’s also been fascinating to hear not only from experienced managers but also from the other coaches on the course.
Scotland women's under-19s coach Shelley Kerr added:
“We’ve had access to some of the top managers – from Sir Alex Ferguson and Walter Smith to Lars Lagerback and that has been a fantastic experience for us all. It’s not just those managers we learn from, though, we also learn from the others on the course and their various experiences in football.”
“I did my first coaching course at Largs in 1989 and I can’t emphasis enough how good the coaching courses are and it is little wonder that they are so well regarded home and abroad. Amongst others, there are a couple of people from the USA, one from Portugal and five or six from England on the course and that shows how well respected the course is and how keen coaches are to be a part of it.”
Although a challenging course, it has proved to be just as enjoyable for Shelley particularly the focus on dealing with player agents and club boards.
“There’s more theory than practical on this course with the focus being on the management side of things. We’ve been learning how to deal with board structures and dealing with agents as well as scouting and buying players. Almost all of this is completely new to me and that’s been why it is as interesting as it is.”
More information on the UEFA Pro Licence is available here: http://www.scottishfa.co.uk/scottish_football.cfm?page=404