There are only three days until Celtic and Aberdeen take to the field at Hampden Park for this year’s William Hill Scottish Cup Final.
Across our digital channels, including the new Scottish Cup Twitter account, we are featuring both clubs with Aberdeen in focus today.
Yesterday we gave away two Celtic tickets for the Final and looked at the work the Celtic FC Foundation does with the Scottish FA’s School of Football.
Today will focus on the McDonald’s Club Coach Officer project which seeks to provide local Grassroots clubs with additional support that will enhance the development of their coaches.
The project provides a Grassroots club with a Scottish FA licenced coach for part of the year to help mentor the coaches at the club while creating a working coaching philosophy.
The ‘McDonalds Club Coach Officer’ project has the following aims:
- To work with local Scottish FA Quality Mark Clubs
- To work with local clubs for a period of a year
- Providing weekly support to coaches and mentoring them
- Providing support at the weekend within the clubs game environment
- Provide club workshops in the areas of positive coaching, coaching philosophy and developing talent.
The initiative has proved a success up north with the Aberdeen’s Community Operations Manager Steven Sweeney stating: “The McDonald’s Club Coach Officer project allows the club to not only reach out into the community but further enhance the development of our great local volunteer coaches.
“Our partnership with the Scottish FA North Region was vital in allowing this project to develop and our original target was to work with three local clubs but due to the success we added an extra one via our funding.
“Our local grassroots clubs do fantastic work in the local community providing young people with many opportunities to play football.
“Projects like this allow us to mentor these coaches to enable them to further develop young players.”
Scottish FA's Head of Football Development Andy Gould added: “Our community partnerships are vital to allow us to further develop the game and this partnership between our clubs.
“I would like to thank all the partners for making this fantastic project a success.”