Monday 17th May – Peffermill Playing Fields, Edinburgh (6.30pm – 8.30pm)

A good pre-season is a must for all professional players, but is also hugely valuable for all children, youth, amateur and junior players.

For managers and coaches across the country, structuring their team's pre-season programme correctly can make a huge difference to their prospects for the season as well as the long-term development of their players.

Whilst lapping around local parks or informal sessions are fine for keeping fitness ticking over there is no substitute for a suitably structured pre-season training programme. The Scottish FA South East Region staff have been liaising with various national staff to devise a workshop aimed at coaches working with grassroots and part-time players.

Scottish FA Borders Development Officer and Coach Education Tutor, Dougie Anderson has been working with Scottish FA Head of Coach Education, Donald Park and National Teams Sport Scientist, Brian Ewing to develop a programme that is designed to get players and teams in peak condition for the start of the new season.

The session is aimed at educating coaches about the importance of various aspects of a pre-season training programme including aerobic and anaerobic training as well as developing motor control movements such as balance, co-ordination, speed, agility and reaction time and the importance of trying to incorporate these into sessions. The session will also provide an insight as to what age players develop certain physical qualities and when players typically reach their optimum in a certain physical attribute.

Please note that this workshop is free of charge and to guarantee your place on the workshop please return the attached application form to us at the Scottish FA South East Region, Mcarthur Pavilion, 42 Peffermill Road, Edinburgh, EH16 5LL.

For more details please call 0131 667 8245 or email