The Scottish FA will deliver coach education courses on FOUR separate continents in December, with projects taking place in Scotland, Asia, Africa and South America.

The programmes are aimed at enhancing Scotland’s reputation as ‘Home of World Class Coaches’ in line with the 2020 Scotland United strategy and forging long-lasting partnership with associations and clubs across the globe.

Player and Coach Development Managers Jimmy Bone, Chris Smith and Garry Hay will kick things off when they travel to South Africa on December the 8th to deliver four courses. Over 30 coaches from Cape Town and surrounding areas will engage in an intense two week programme of courses that aims to support the development of coaches in South Africa.

Two days later Head of Coach Education Donald Park and Course Tutor Gardner Speirs will travel to South Korea to deliver the first part of a B-Licence to 20 Korean based coaches.

Director of Football Development Jim Fleeting has also been invited to Rio de Janeiro to deliver on the Brazilian FA’s first ever A and Pro-Licence courses.

Combined with the hundreds of courses regularly taking place across Scotland, it means our coach education team will be active across the world in the run up to Christmas.

Speaking to the Scottish FA, Jim said: “We are delighted to be involved in furthering not only the reputation of our courses but also the great learning that we as tutors can take back from the visits.

“As football evolves, so to must the educational resources for coaches and this incredible situation that occurs in December is fantastic for us to be involved with and hopefully the breadth of people we engage with too.”

Football Development Manager Donald Gillies says having Scottish FA coaches working across the globe shows the reputation that Scotland has in the field:

“It’s a really proud moment for all of us that demonstrates the regard through which our courses are held.

“Everyone who has been involved in the development of the programmes from previous employees of the department to the grassroots coaches themselves should be aware that they have played a key role in creating something that can truly influence and support those who love the game all over the world”