SWNT players undertake UEFA B Licence

Six Scotland National Team players completed their UEFA B Licence this week at Oriam.

Current internationalists Leanne Crichton, Joelle Murray, Christie Murray and Rachel Corsie were joined by the recently retired Gemma Fay and Leanne Ross who completed the course over 12 months.

Over the last year, the players have focused on the design and delivery of coaching sessions, how to coach their team during matches as well as video analysis, physical preparation and many other factors relating to individual and team performance.

The bespoke licence for national team players has continued the impressive coach education work done in the women’s game throughout the country with Scotland being one of seven European nations to have three full-time female coaches in charge of their national teams.

17 females recently completed their Scottish FA C Licence and this year more than 1,000 women gained coaching certificates with the figure having risen by more than 400 since 2016.

Scottish FA Coach Education Manager, Greig Paterson said: “The players approached the Scottish FA to undertake their B Licence, showing desire to begin their coaching journey.

“We are always striving to increase the number of qualified female coaches working in the game and recently delivered a women’s only Scottish FA C Licence which was well attended.

“The UEFA B licence is a 120 hour course and gives attendees a really good foothold on their coaching pathway, and hopefully they will all continue to pursue further coach education qualifications.”

Scotland Women’s National Team Captain Rachel Corsie: “I’ve really enjoyed the course as coaching is something I am passionate about.

“Completing the course with my teammates has made things easier as I know them so well.

“There are more and more female coaches coming through now and I think that is only helped by having three full-time female coaches in Pauline MacDonald, Pauline Hamill and Shelley Kerr.

“As former internationalists they have shown that you can make the step to becoming a successful coach which is something we are all looking to do in the future.”

For more information on Scottish FA Coach Education courses, please visit https://www.scottishfa.co.uk/football-development/coaching/become-a-coach/ or email coaching@scottishfa.co.uk