Jim Fleeting has announced he is to retire from his role as Director of Coaching at the Scottish FA.
Jim joined the Scottish FA in 1992 and was instrumental in the inception and development of the community scheme and later the Football Development department and regional teams, while acting as a mentor for many within the Scottish FA.
The Scottish FA’s grassroots programmes achieved UEFA’s top ranking, six stars, with Jim at the helm as Director of Football Development. Programmes such as the Cashback Schools of Football were rooted in Jim’s ethos that football should be open to all.
Jim moved to the Performance department in 2017 as Director of Coaching but has been involved with the international squads throughout his time including coaching the women’s national team and working as assistant manager to Billy Stark with the U21 squad.
His extensive network has been invaluable in obtaining guest speakers of the highest calibre for the Scottish FA-delivered UEFA coaching licences courses, with luminaries such as Andre Villas Boas, Roy Hodgson and Marcello Lippi just some of the names to have addressed the students in recent years.
Jim leaves in order to spend more time with his family, but will continue his involvement in coach education on a part-time basis.
Fleeting said: “Leaving the Scottish FA is an extremely bittersweet moment for me, but I believe now is the right time for me to take a step back in order to spend more time with my family.
“It has been an immense honour to have helped to develop the Scottish FA’s coach education and grassroots football programmes and I believe that both are in an extremely strong position, with lots of promise for the future.
“I believe that the work the Scottish FA conducts at grassroots level – both at home and abroad – is capable of tremendous social impact and some of the initiatives in which I have been lucky enough to be involved with over the years have truly changed lives for the better.
“I am extremely grateful for the experiences I have had since joining the organisation and would like to place on record my gratitude to everyone who has been involved in my journey.”
Scottish FA Performance Director, Malky Mackay said: “Throughout his time at the Scottish FA, Jim has been an outstanding servant for Scottish football. for which we are very thankful.
"On a personal level, I also want to thank Jim for the advice and guidance he has offered me since I joined as Performance Director.
“Jim was instrumental in the inception and development of the community scheme and later the Football Development department and regional teams, while acting as a mentor for many within the Scottish FA.
“He has built his reputation as a first class coach educator, known and respected across Europe and beyond.
“His enthusiasm for the game is endless. He believes that football can change people’s lives for the better and I am sure he will continue to be a great advocate of Scottish football.”