Coaching courses offered by the Scottish FA Central team are more popular than ever.

999 coaches have attended the region's coach education courses since the beginning of the year.

These numbers are up by almost 200 new grassroots coaches from the same period in 2011.

Scottish FA regional manager for the Central office Andy Gilchrist said: "The days of travelling the length of the country to go on courses are a thing of the past as the region is able to offer real local provision.

"In conjunction with our new community scheme partner Falkirk Community Trust you will soon be able to access level 1, 2 and 3 courses for children and the equivalent for coaching youth footballers aged 12-18 in the Falkirk area.

"Plus at our own regional base at the University of Stirling you can undertake the Adult Club Coach course and the Level 4 Children or Level 4 Youth Award."

As well as courses for new coaches there is a programme of ongoing support through Player Pathway workshops, Positive Coaching Scotland events and in-service evenings

Andy added: "It's been encouraging that almost 500 coaches have chosen to attend those events too in the region in the first half of year."

Information on all of the courses available in Falkirk or in the wider central region can be found at

So will you be 1,000?  We hope you will be.

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