The Scottish FA’s Central region recently played host to a coaching inservice by renowned coach Charlie Jackson of Matrix Soccer.

Charlie’s method , which involves a series of drills where players can touch the ball over 500 times in a 20 minute session, was demonstrated to second year pupils at Braidhurst High School – home to a Scottish FA Performance School.

Steven Hamilton, football development officer for North Lanarkshire Council and the Scottish FA, explained: “Charlie's session tested the players with his drills and everyone could see the confidence, concentration, team work and improvement in the players after 25 minutes.

“Charlie was fantastic with the players and has a wonderful manner with the young people.

“After the session Charlie spoke to the Rector Derrick Hannon and the Head of PE for the school David Gardiner, it was fantastic to see the passion in the room to develop young people.”

In the evening, Charlie then delivered his session to an audience of over 100 coaches from the non-professional and professional game.

Steven added: “The feedback from the coaches has been unbelievable, this has definately opened coaches' eyes and given them a new outlook in coaching and in the game.

“It was brilliant to see the following night when we were at the venue of the in-service that grassroots clubs were performing Charlie's drills.”

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