As the coronavirus continues to confine people to their houses, the Scottish FA coach education department are using their newly developed online platforms to continue to deliver courses to the highest standard.
All of the courses currently running are oversubscribed and the original target of 1,000 coaches being educated through online learning will be surpassed in the coming weeks.
The Scottish FA Coach Education department are now aiming to educate double that figure by the time football has returned.
Since lockdown began, the Scottish FA have delivered to a variety of coaches across the game, from level 1 participants to Pro Licence candidates.
Speaking about the influx of interest, Head of Coach Education & Development, Greig Paterson said: “The appetite for the courses has taken us all by surprise. We didn’t realise how much people would want to be involved in these online offerings but there is still a huge desire for coaches to learn remotely.
“The opportunity to deliver courses online has allowed us as a department to excel despite the difficulties going on around the world.
“We have worked in a way which is still beneficial for participants and although we are in the third week of delivery, the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive with more and more people wanting to continue on that pathway.“
Last week, the Coach Education department delivered the latest sessions to the Pro Licence group as the current cohort work their way though the programme.
20 coaches including Peter Lovenkrands, Maurice Ross, Jon Daly and John Rankin all took part in a week of learning where they heard from guest speakers such as Dundee United manager Robbie Neilson and former Celtic goalkeeper Packie Bonner.
Brighton technical director Dan Ashworth spoke to the group about his job and the group also conducted a media-training workshop.
Paterson said: “Face-to-face learning is obviously important but everyone on the Pro Licence has adapted and that culminated in an extremely well structured week where both participants and presenters embraced the online learning environment.
“There are a lot of positives that can be gained from delivering the courses online as opposed to in person.
“Robbie Neilson was excellent and extremely honest with everyone which was refreshing.
“The technology also allowed for the Pro Licence participants to present themselves with Russell Martin talking about his first three months in charge of MK Dons.”
The Coach Education department are continuing to plan and deliver online courses up until September with the following set to begin in the coming months: UEFA A Licence, UEFA B Licence, UEFA Elite Youth A Licence, Talent ID, Goalkeeping Coaching courses and Performance Analysis.