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Volunteer support through the Scottish FA’s Quality Mark scheme is on offer through the Scottish FA’s East region team.

Coach co-ordinators, viewed as a vital role within the programme, came together at Dundee University recently for a workshop on the latest developments in the grassroots game.

Quality Mark is designed to support and recognise the work of clubs and teams who have a desire to be the very best they can be.

Coach education is one element of the programme which clubs must keep up-to-date with the latest forms of best practice.

Volunteer coach co-ordinators are the link between the club and Scottish FA club development managers who offer support and advise on coaching methods.

30 coaches from across the Association’s East region attended a presentation by club development manager Kevin Lee on club marketing, player recruitment and retainment.

He said: “The Quality Mark coach co-ordinators are vital to the development of the game.

“They are the ones on the ground working with our players and volunteers.

“To invest in those who develop the game is a top priority for us therefore we see the coach co-ordinator workshops as an invaluable way to disseminate good practice to clubs, players and coaches."

To gain a Quality Mark award - Entry, Standard, Development, Community or Legacy – the Scottish FA have a related list of criteria which the club must achieve.

This criteria is aimed at improving or supporting management, development structures, administration, planning, welfare and coaching.

For more info on the Quality Mark programme, click here.

To contact Kevin Lee for more information, please email or call 07432 638 157.