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Falkirk footballer Liam Rowan believes parents hold the key to creating a positive culture change at grassroots clubs across Scotland.

He recently returned to his former club Dumbarton United where parents were told about the Positive Coaching Scotland (PCS) programme being introduced at grassroots level nationwide.

Liam told those in attendance of how his parents and youth coaches were a positive influence on his early development.

He explained: “Speaking to the local Scottish FA football development officer Mark Spalding recently, I was impressed with what he told me about the PCS programme.

“I started playing with Dumbarton United at the age of five and my first coach is current chairman Gerry Docherty.

It was great to catch up with a few old faces and speak to everyone about the impact both the club and my parents had in me achieving my aim of becoming a professional footballer.

“I have offered my help with PCS events in the future as the more we can spread the good messages the better the game will be.”

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The PCS vision is a football culture in Scotland where young players are developed in a positive, safe environment, where they learn to win through effort and where valuable life lessons are taught.

Club chairman Gerry Docherty said he was delighted Liam had been able to speak to players’ parents about their important role in creating a more positive footballing environment.

He added: “The content fits well with the sessions already delivered to coaches and club leaders and clearly identifies the responsibilities of parents as part of the wider club.

“It is important that we deliver the message across everyone associated with the club and offer a clear strategy on the coaching methods and culture that the club is looking to adopt.

I believe the PCS session for the parents will help them to understand that development and enjoyment come first.

“When the time comes to focus on results and winning matches then the skills and culture will already be in place and will allow the children to flourish.”

You can read the latest blog from the national manager for the PCS programme at the Scottish FA - Stuart Grieve - here.