The Scottish FA will be represented for the second successive year at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Convention (NSCAA), which this year takes place in Baltimore.

Jim Fleeting, Donald Park and Donald Gillies will be attending and presenting at the convention where Sir Alex Ferguson will be providing the keynote speech.

A key aim of the trip is to continue the strong ties the Scottish FA have with expat coaches in North America. Some of the contingent attending will include Gordon Forrest, former Senior Football Development Officer for Fife, now Assistant Coach and Head of Performance at MLS outfit Vancouver Whitecaps; ex Scottish FA Head of Coach Education Tommy Wilson, now Academy Director at another MLS side, Philadelphia Union; and former Scotland Women’s Assistant National Coach Angie Hind, now Head Coach at Old Dominion University in Virginia.

As well as reconnecting with Scottish coaches, the five-day convention will also provide the Scottish FA the opportunity to learn and develop by studying coaches from all over the world in Baltimore.

Donald Gillies, Business Development Manager at the Scottish FA, said: “The Scottish FA are known all over the world for the quality of coach education, and with a large Scottish contingent of coaches in North America, the NSCAA Convention provides us with an opportunity to help these coaches with their continuous professional development.

“We also want to learn from their experiences to make sure our courses are the best they can be without the hassle and expense for coaches of coming over to Scotland.”