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Parents at a Paisley football club gave up their Sunday afternoon recently to learn about a football culture change being adopted nationwide in the grassroots game.
Positive Coaching Scotland (PCS) is a programme used by the Scottish FA which aims to create a football culture in Scotland where young players are developed positively, learn to win through effort and develop skills for life through football.
The PCS mantra is incorporated into all coach education programmes and clubs seeking to achieve the prestigious Scottish FA Quality Mark accreditation must adopt it into their ethos.
You can pledge your support to PCS here.
Gleniffer Thistle – founded in 1972 – are one such club. 50 coaches and parents attended a PCS workshop which aimed to support the development of the long-running club.
Club chairman Billy Hassan said: “It was great to have so many of our volunteers along as they give up a lot of time to help support the clubs and all the young players so I thank them again for giving up their time.”
The club have recently moved into a brand new facility near Glasgow Airport and have created a girls section.
They have 12 teams ranging from age five all the way up to under-19s which follows the National Player Pathway – a developmental system tailored for specific age-groups such as 4v4s and 7v7s.
They also have a small-sided league for over 150 children aged between four and 11-years-old who are coached and encouraged to play football in a non-competitive format.
Club development manager for the Scottish FA’s West Region, Danny Bisland, said: “Gleniffer Thistle have long recognised the importance of promoting the same key messages to all members of the club including coaches, parents and players and I am delighted that so many of their hard working volunteers made it along to the recent PCS workshop.
“They are a Quality Mark club who have achieved Development Standard and are looking to progress to Community in the very near future.
“The club have embraced the recent introduction of a girls’ and women’s section and are always keen to explore new ways of increasing their membership and helping to grow the game.”
The club are seeking to recruit more coaches, assistance is required at most age groups. If you are over 16 and interested in getting involved please contact the club via firstname.lastname@example.org.