Over the last three Sundays the South West Regional team has welcomed over 150 Coaches and Volunteers to their annual Coach Development Days. 


Palmerston Park, Dumfries, and Somerset Park, Ayr, played host to coaches from Dumfries and Ayrshire. Coaches from the South Lanarkshire area were encouraged to attend a session delivered by Tosh Farrell from Everton FC at Broadwood Stadium in Cumbernauld, in partnership with our colleagues from the Central Region.


Ex-Celtic and Southampton star Mark McNally, Technical Development Officer for the Scottish FA, was the guest coach for the visit to Dumfries.  


Mark delivered a quality passing session with Vision, Decision Making and Precision being the main topics.  He was ably supported by local Development officer Robbie Totten, who delivered some practices recently viewed on a study visit to PSV Eindhoven. South West Club Development Manager, John Brown, demonstrated a series of Crossing & Finishing Practices.


Thanks go to Queen of the South for their support in providing access to their facilities, and the help of their young players who acted as runners on the day.


Former Hibernian, Hearts and Inverness Caley Thistle Assistant Manager Donald Park was the main guest at Somerset Park.  


Donald was recently appointed as Head of Coach Education for the Scottish FA , and delivered a variety of passing drills and conditioned games throughout the day.


Supporting Donald on the day was South West Regional Manager Ritchie Wilson who delivered the Crossing & Finishing practices. Again, many thanks must go to Ayr Utd FC for the use of facilities and help from their young players.

With another successful series of Coach Development Days complete, coaches within the South West Region can look forward to our next Friday evening Coaching Clinics that commence at the end of the month.


For further information please contact the regional office on 01294 317430 or email southwest@scottishfa.co.uk.