Dumfries and Galloway teachers have successfully integrated Scottish FA coach education course to their programme of Continuous Professional Development. Under this ground breaking initiative appropriate teaching staff can attend locally organised courses which will assist in their delivery of football in both curricular and extra curricular initiatives.


On Tuesday 16th February a group of 14 coaches came together in Kirkcudbright to gain the Coaching Youth Footballers certificate which is a Level 2 SFA course. The group comprised of teaching staff and a couple of football coaches from Dumfries and Galloway’s Football Development team. Also in attendance was long-time Queen of the South captain Jim Thomson who currently looks after the Queens’ youth team.


Local Football Development Officer Robbie Totten and SFA Club Development Manager John Brown put the eager participants through their paces on the Kirkcudbright Academy synthetic pitch and led discussions on inculcating positive values and life skills through sport.


The Scottish FA is delighted by this innovative approach to teachers gaining coaching qualifications and would like to thank Alison Gold of Kirkcudbright Academy for instigating this move and all the officials in the Education Department who made this possible.


It is hoped that this successful delivery format will continue across D & G and many more teachers will be able to take part in the future.