The Scottish FA South East Region held its third annual Small-Sided Games Coaching Conference on Saturday 26th February at the Hearts Academy which included content on the new National Player Pathway for the first time. The Conference which was supported by Active City (City of Edinburgh Council) and McDonalds attracted more than 80 coaches with coaches currently working with players at the 4-aside or 7-aside level.

The sessions were delivered by Scottish FA South East Region coach education tutors Chris Roberts, David Sheldon, Keith Wright and Drew Kelly with the event including presentations on the new National Player Pathway, developing technique and coaching sessions, plus practical sessions in the indoor training area. The feedback from the event has been extremely positive and the event will continue to feature as a key part of the South East regional calendar for 2012.

Scottish FA Regional Manager, Mark Munro felt that the event was extremely useful for the region’s coaches. He said: "There was a fantastic turn-out of coaches from across the region, the sessions were excellent and the presentations very informative. Research is now telling us that the key age groups for developing technical players is in the 6-12 age bracket, so it is vital that we support coaches working with children in the small-sided game as well as implementing the new national player pathway for Scotland which will see children participating in the most appropriate game formats at the right time in the right way and in the right environment".