Last Saturday at Livingston (19th April), Almondvale Stadium hosted the third South East Regional Coaching Conference.


The conference is now an integral part of the region's coach development programme and is aimed at coaches working throughout all levels of football. Over 190 coaches from across Edinburgh, The Lothians, the Scottish Borders and beyond attended the event.


Coaches were shown a series of coaching presentations and practical sessions on the Livingston FC main pitch at Almondvale throughout the day by the three guest coaches. The guest coaches were John Owens, Director of the Liverpool FC Youth Academy, Chris McCart, Celtic FC Head of Youth Acacdemy and Billy Stark, Head of Scotland's National Youth Teams.


Mark Munro, SFA Regional Manager was delighted with the event and stated "We are very happy with the turn out today, with a significant number of coaches attending the event from across the Region and beyond. Our guest coaches delivered some excellent sessions and provided a lot of content for our coaches to take away and deliver in their own clubs. The Regional Conference is one of our major events in the calendar, but we have also expanded the programme this year to include the Small-Sided Games Conference that took place in February as well as a large number of coach education courses and we now have the ability to deliver sessions for clubs at their own venues. The Government are supporting our programme this year where every 16-25 year old can be provided with free coach education and we are also providing lots of free in-service sesisons for clubs, leagues and associations. It is great programme that we are always looking to improve and provide greater access for the army of volunteer coaches that are out there...."


A number of volunteer coaches have already fed back to us with a lot of positive comments, including;

Rab Ure from Fernieside FC;

" The coaching was excellent and we took a lot of great information today that we will share with the rest of our club coaches, many thanks"

John Brock from Currie Star FC;


"...All three were fantastic but the clear standout was John Owen. His delivery, knowledge and sense of humour were fantastic. Did you see the smiles on the faces of the boys despite the fact they were working their socks off? ....... You could clearly see the coaching point they wanted to make but they did it in such a manner that the players enjoyed......... All my colleagues thoroughly enjoyed the day and came away with lots more knowledge. Well done and many thanks"


The Conference which was also supported financially by West Lothian Council, Edinburgh City Council and Midlothian Council and we would like to thank them for their support. We would also like to thank AG Barr (Irn Bru) who provided their new natural fruit juice energy drink(Taut) to coaches on the day.


Coaching sessions and a DVD of the event will be available soon. Please check the Football Central website for more information.