A host of coaches from across Scotland this week benefited from the second Scottish FA elite coaching programme masterclass.

The initiative - which is part of Project Brave - aims to connect some of the country’s best up and coming touchline talents with high-calibre guest speakers.

The masterclasses – which are intended to spark debate, discussion and generally raise standards – kicked off last June with an emphasis on defending.

Delegates were treated to tutorials from renowned coach educator Dick Bate, defensive coach Fabrizio Piccareta and Burnley boss Sean Dyche.

This time around the focus was on attacking, with a star-studded line-up that included Eric Black, Henrik Larsson and Kenny Dalglish offering up their expertise on and off the pitch over two days at Oriam and Herriot Watt University.


After an opening message from national youth team coach Scot Gemmill and director of coaching Jim Fleeting, former Scotland striker Black presented a well-received lesson on attacking play both in the classroom and out on Oriam’s indoor pitch.

National youth team coach Brian McLaughlin talked about wing-play - stressing the need for coaches to support maverick talents who are often isolated on the pitch and need encouragement to take risks.

Later on Monday evening, the assembled guests were treated to a candid Q&A from Dalglish and Larsson – who emphasised the importance of hard work and humility, regardless of their collective achievements in the game.


The pair elaborated on the previous night’s soundbites with sessions of their own on Tuesday morning, before national youth team coach Donald Park picked up the baton.

Fleeting followed lunch with a compilation of first-rate football from the Champions League before Performance Director Malky Mackay closed the masterclass with a rousing debate on some of the challenges facing us all in Scottish football today and a message that everyone in the room had a responsibility to help change things for the better, regardless of their roles.