After two very successful open evenings held at Hibernian FC and Heart of Midlothian FC over the past two weeks at their respective training grounds, both clubs have committed to supporting the grassroots game in the South East Region.

Both Bill Hendry (Academy Director, Hibernian FC) and  John Murray (Academy Director, Heart of Midlothian FC) provided great information to coaches on the role of their youth structures and provided an insight into the  work carried out by both clubs in developing young players. 

Both clubs have made the unprecedented gesture of permitting grassroots coaches to attend youth team training sessions and gain valuable information into player development sessions as well as some of the supporting programmes alongside the technical training, such as nutrition, sports science, and lifestyle management amongst other areas.

Bill Hendry welcomed clubs to visit the Hibs training ground at East Mains, near Tranent, and speak with coaches about training and other programmes on an ad hoc basis.

John Murray has also pledged to support the clubs by offering coaches the opportunity to attend training on Monday nights for the next four weeks. If there is a strong attendance for these sessions, it is likely that this will extend on a longer-term basis.

Mark Munro, Scottish FA Regional Manager, who arranged the open evenings, said:

“We have been delighted by the attendance at both open evenings and both clubs have been very open and honest about their respective policies and development programmes. In particular, we would like to thank Academy Directors, Bill Hendry and John Murray for hosting the events. The support they have offered grassroots clubs over the coming months is fantastic and we hope that the grassroots coaches out there will accept their kind offers to attend youth training sessions.

"We have established a good platform on which to improve communication between the youth initiative clubs and the grassroots game. We hope to continue with regular events at both clubs, which will provide good technical information to volunteer coaches, as well as our continued support through the Scottish FA South East Region Coach Development Programme Calendar”.

Please note that coaches must notify the appropriate contact before attending these sessions as it is crucial that numbers attending are managed accordingly.

To arrange a visit to the Hibernian Training Centre, please contact;

James McDonagh
Hibernian FC Grassroots Coordinator & Youth Coach

To arrange a visit on a Monday night to the Hearts FC Training Centre, please contact;

John Murray
Academy Director

For more information, please contact the Scottish FA South East Region on 0131 667 8245 or email