Coaches from clubs throughout the Central region took part in the Skills Challenge inservice on Sunday evening at Broadwood Stadium. 

The Skills Challenge is a new Scottish FA programme which provides players with a series of challenges to motivate technique practice.

The Skills Challenge is of particular relevance to the Central region having first been discussed by volunteers from the region's Quality Mark clubs on trips to Finland in 2007 and 2008. 

In Finland, the National Skills Challenge Competition caught the imagination of the group.

Those attending on Sunday were put through their paces by Tommi Orismaa, who himself is a proud Fin and a former football development officer in the Scottish FA Community Scheme.  Tommi provided an insight into the history of the scheme in Finland and the practical uses of the Skills Challenge resource.

All those who attended received a complimentary copy of the new Scottish FA Skills Challenge DVD.  There were also further prizes given out on the night as the coaches themselves took on the Skills Challenge, with Graeme Ogilive of Seafar Villa taking the top prize of 20 tickets for his club to this Thursday's crucial Women's World Cup qualifier between Scotland and Bulgaria which will be played at the Falkirk Stadium.

There will now be a regional event organised for May where boys and girls aged 10 to 13 can participate for a place in the first ever Skills Challenge Finals.

More information regarding this event will be posted here soon.