The Review of Scottish Football, published by the former First Minister, Henry McLeish, has provided a set of far-reaching and ambitious proposals to improve the future of our national game.
The overall aims were clear:
Expand participation in the game for all ages and both sexes
Improve the prospects of talented and elite young Scots
Overhaul the governance of Scottish football and in particular the way the Scottish FA operates and administers the game
Create a much more integrated and successful league structure
Provide a more attractive and commercially viable product on the pitch
McLeish has already hailed the Scottish FA's "significant progress" in actioning 95% of his 103 recommendations from the two-part Review of Scottish Football inside the first six months.
“The progress made so far has been a major step forward for a game experiencing major challenges,” he said. “There has been significant progress and it is clear that the Scottish FA realised something significant and substantial had to be done.”
Since June 2011, the Scottish FA has reduced its main board from 12 to seven and appointed Barrie Jackson as its first Independent Non-Executive. The creation of new Professional and Non Professional Game Boards bring greater strategic focus to both parts of the game.
The appointment of Mark Wotte, the first-ever Performance Director, highlights the Scottish FA’s commitment to elite player development and has resulted in the creation of seven Regional Performance Schools.
Football Development have also been challenged to double the number of participants from 65,000 to 130,000 by 2015, by way of The Big Count. The Scottish FA has also committed to a facilities strategy, headed up by Cameron Watt, and has published a new Equity Policy in line with good corporate governance.
In addition, the appointment of Vincent Lunny as Compliance Officer achieved another significant recommendation made by McLeish, with the experienced lawyer at the helm of a new set of disciplinary procedures and the independent Judicial Panel process.