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The Scottish FA’s East regional team recently hosted its annual Coaching Conference at St Andrew’s University.

Coach education is a key area of the Scottish FA’s football development department who work to ensure there is a high quality of coaching throughout the game which creates a positive culture for all players to flourish in.

Through improved quality of courses, improved resources and better access to coach education courses, the Scottish FA is engaging with more coaches more often.

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The conference, which had 62 coaches from across the game in attendance in Fife, featured youth coaching specialists from Aberdeen FC and the Scottish FA.

Neil Mackintosh, performance manager at the Scottish FA, delivered a presentation on the Association’s Performance Pathway and Regional Performance School programme.

Gavin Levey, head of Aberdeen FC’s Junior Academy, provided insight into how his club work with local grassroots clubs in the area and how their youth system operates.

Dan Abrahams, a sports psychologist who has worked with players such as Anthony Stokes, spoke about concepts that challenge coaching approaches and how the training ground is also an environment for psychotherapy.