OVER eighty coaches from the Lanarkshire area attended the first National Player Pathway inservice at Ravenscraig on Sunday.

Those who attended were delighted with what was delivered and you can hear from them in our video (right).

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Thanks to our partners McDonald's, Ritchie Wilson, manager of  the south west region, was able to deliver two, 2-hour sessions focussing on the 4v4 and 7v7 game formats of the pathway and covered topics such as the role of the coach, skills practices, codes of conduct and positive coaching. The launch of the National Player Pathway means from March 2011 all youth leagues across the whole of Scotland will operate 4v4, 7v7 and 11-aside games in accordance with the age of the children playing.

The Scottish Youth Football Association who administer the leagues will put these formats into operation across the country over the next six months.

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The Scottish FA will help support the transition and the development of the players involved with coach education courses, Positive Coaching Scotland workshops and more of this type of in-service to show coaches the benefits of the pathway.

To learn more about the National Player Pathway watch our exclusive video with Ritchie Wilson here.

The next inservice date for coaches and club officials in the south west region is as follows:

National Player Pathway In-service
Sunday 13th February 2011,
Grange Academy, Kilmarnock
4 v 4 – 11.00am,  7 v 7 - 1.30pm

The in-service is free for all coaches and club officials to attend. It is split into two sessions, one for those working at the 6-9 age group (4v4) and one for those working at the 9-12 age group (7v7).

The session will contain practical and theory sections, covering topics such as the role of the coach, skills practices, codes of conduct and positive coaching.

For more information, and to book your place, you can contact the Scottish FA South West Region at 01294 317430 or email southwest@scottishfa.co.uk