The Scottish FA East region has started a female coaching group, which meets for the first time with an open evening at Perth College on Monday 22nd March at 7.00pm.

The group, backed by Scotland women's national coach Anna Signeul, is open to coaches involved at any level of the game, regardless of experience and ability, as well as women who are interested in getting involved in coaching for the first time.

The aim of the group is to share knowledge and experience, mentor coaches through coaching qualifications, and help them to gain experience in coaching or volunteering at local clubs.

Sam Milne, Scottish FA girls’ and women's football development officer, is running the new group. She said: “This is a very exciting new resource for women in the local area. We want to encourage as many women as possible to get involved in coaching, and give help and support to coaches already involved in the game.

"The new group will be an open forum for women to come along and share views, tell us what they need help with, and get more information on coach education, development, and mentoring. We plan to meet four times per year, with various female-only activities going on throughout the year, and I would encourage anyone who is interested to come along to the open evening and find out more.”

Scotland women’s national coach, Anna Signeul, said: “This is a great initiative, which I’m sure will have a positive impact on women’s football in the East of Scotland. Women’s football is growing at a fantastic rate in Scotland, and over the last few years coaches across the country have put in a lot of work to develop the game at all levels.

"It’s so important that we support those coaches and volunteers, and let them know how much we appreciate their efforts. Whether there are mums out there who want to gain an insight into the game, or coaches working with elite players, we want to give them all the help and support that they need, because they are the people who influence our players. Initiatives like this can only be a good thing for women’s football, and it would be great to see this role out across the country.”

Anyone who is interested in getting involved in the female coaching group can drop in to the first open evening at Perth College on Monday 22nd March at 7.00pm.

For more information, contact Sam Milne on 07841 569805 or