2019 was another busy year for the Scottish FA, with a plethora of milestone events for Scottish football. Below are some of the highlights of the year on social media.
In January, we shared the second part of our 'Football Saved My Life' series. Following in the footsteps of Paul McNeill’s inspirational tale in the inaugural video, Scottish para-footballer Rebecca Sellar told how amputee football had saved her life.
“If I didn’t have football, I’d be a shell of myself.”— Scottish FA (@ScottishFA) January 13, 2019
When Rebecca Sellar was a year old, her right leg was amputated.
Football isn’t just a part of her life – it has changed her life.
This is her story. pic.twitter.com/p6vUV541Ng
January also saw the launch of a set of video resources for players and coaches, designed to help individuals on their personal development journey. You can view the full set of resources here.
COACHES | We've launched a new set of resources for players and coaches designed to help you on your personal development journey. Videos include:— Scottish FA (@ScottishFA) January 11, 2019
✅ Goalkeeper drills
✅ Skills training
✅ Fitness training
✅ Injury exercises
➡️ Full resources: https://t.co/ZjjQyysw3E pic.twitter.com/riHnc2k2Mc
The Scottish FA's podcast slate expanded in February, with the addition of 'The Scottish Football Coaching Podcast'. These podcast episodes are designed to take you round the country when it comes to coaching in Scotland as well as keeping up to date with what is happening from the Scottish FA in regards to grassroots and coach development. You can listen to every episode of the Scottish Football Coaching Podcast here.
COACHES | We're pleased to launch a new resource for coaches: the Scottish Football Coaching Podcast.— Scottish FA (@ScottishFA) February 26, 2019
The first episode is a roundtable discussion between Malky Mackay, @grpat and @andrgoul.#ScottishFACoachEd
The small-sided game season got under way in February – and with it, a new campaign to encourage grassroots leaders and coaches to help players in the first steps of their footballing journey with a simple message: #LetThemPlay.
GRASSROOTS | With the small-sided games season getting under way, we are encouraging grassroots leaders and coaches to help players in the first steps of their footballing journey with a simple message:#LetThemPlay— Scottish FA (@ScottishFA) February 25, 2019
2019 was a big year for women's football around the world, but especially in Scotland, as the National Team prepared for their first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup. Building towards this milestone, we heard from match official Vikki Allan, who spoke about her passion for refereeing. You can find out more about becoming a referee here.
Alongside playing and coaching, there are many other ways to get involved in football.— Scottish FA (@ScottishFA) February 14, 2019
Vikki Allan has been a referee since she was 16. Let her tell you why she loves football.#OurGirlsOurGame pic.twitter.com/sJnsQFrkk2
February also saw a significant boost for the next generation of Scotland's female coaches, with the news that the Scottish FA was the beneficiaries of a flagship UEFA initiative: the UEFA Coach Development Project for Women. This provided a bespoke UEFA B Licence and C Licence course delivered exclusively for female coaches.
An exclusively female UEFA B Licence Course and Scottish FA C Licence Course will take place this year, following a successful application for funding to the @UEFA Coach Development Project for Women.— Scottish FA (@ScottishFA) February 1, 2019
March saw the countdown begin to the UEFA Women's Under-19s European Championship Finals, which were to be hosted in Scotland for the first time ever, as the tournament was launched in Paisley.
As part of Scotland’s status as tournament host, a number of legacy projects were implemented; this included the ’20 Under 20’ programme, which aims to provide support and guidance to the next generation of Scotland’s female coaches.
COACHES | Our new '20 Under 20' programme provides support and guidance to the next generation of Scotland’s female coaches.— Scottish FA (@ScottishFA) March 27, 2019
Launched as part of the #WU19EURO legacy, 20 female coaches between 16-20 will take part in a one-year coach development course.https://t.co/T6jImvJ36N
It was an all-Glasgow final for the 2019 Scottish FA Youth Cup, as Celtic and Rangers went head-to-head at Hampden – and what a final it was.
Preparations for the UEFA Women's Under-19s European Championships stepped up a gear, as the qualifying teams' head coaches were welcomed to Scotland for the Finals draw.
Following on from Rebecca Sellar's video, Isla Buchanan shared her inspirational story in the third of the 'Football Saved My Life' series.
"I bottled everything up for two years. The low point in my life was when it exploded."— Scottish FA (@ScottishFA) May 16, 2019
Isla Buchanan has been through more than most young people. When things overwhelmed her, football was there.
Football saved Isla's life – this is her story.#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek pic.twitter.com/oMAS5Kfw2f
As the window for ticket applications opened in early June, interest in UEFA EURO 2020 was high with over 4.5 million tickets being requested by the end of the month. June also marked the ‘one year to go’ landmark in the build-up to the tournament.
The clock continued to tick down to the UEFA Women's Under-19s European Championships kicking off, as the official track for the tournament was revealed: Be Charlotte's 'Dreamers'.
An historic event in Scottish football took place as negotiations concluded for the Scottish FA to purchase Hampden Park.
NEWS | Scottish FA concludes negotiations to purchase Hampden from Queen's Park after EURO 2020.https://t.co/hDH5M61JQU— Scottish FA (@ScottishFA) June 19, 2019
June saw the chance to get a fascinating inside the Scottish FA JD Performance Schools, with this behind the scenes look.
The UEFA Women's Under-19s European Championships finally arrived in July as Scotland took to the European stage to demonstrate our hospitality as tournament hosts. An action-packed competition saw France emerge as 2-1 victors over Germany in the final in Paisley.
In August, the Scottish FA were honoured to play our part in the launch of the world's first Para-Football Affiliated National Association: Para-Football Scotland.
NEWS | World's first Para-Football Affiliated National Association launches in Scotland.https://t.co/Qe7qVHfN7r— Scottish FA (@ScottishFA) August 19, 2019
The Scottish FA JD Performance Schools also saw the latest intake of pupils, as they were inducted in a ceremony held at Hampden Park.
PERFORMANCE | Today saw 52 of the best young footballers in Scotland be inducted into the Scottish FA JD Performance Schools programme during a ceremony at Hampden Park.— Scottish FA (@ScottishFA) August 13, 2019
➡️ Read more about the day here: https://t.co/EQbarlFcnu pic.twitter.com/sBvPvI9MW7
One of the highlights of September was UEFA's annual grassroots week, highlighting the footballing activities that go on week-in-week-out across Europe and celebrating the people that ensure football takes place. Take a look at some of the highlights as the Scottish FA celebrated UEFA Grassroots Week:
A standout night in the year is always the annual Scottish FA Grassroots Awards, presented by McDonald's and the Sunday Mail. Take a look at the highlights of a truly inspiring night:
In September, we were proud to host the 'More Than a Game – Football Including Refugees In Europe' conference at Hampden Park. One project that the Scottish FA work on alongside UEFA, the Jimmy Johnstone Academy, Freedom From Torture and Community InfoSource was highlighted as part of the conference.
GRASSROOTS | We're proud to be working with @UEFA, @JJAGlasgow, @FreefromTorture and Community InfoSource to use the power of football in order to help the integration and rehabilitation of refugees, some of whom are survivors of torture.#UEFAgrassroots pic.twitter.com/7ShKqgfBkN— Scottish FA (@ScottishFA) September 26, 2019
September also saw us welcome the UEFA goalkeeping study group scheme to Oriam, as coaches from seven nations took a look at our goalkeeper coach course.
COACHES | “We have coaches coming in, learning to become coach educators.”— Scottish FA (@ScottishFA) September 24, 2019
Last week we were proud to host the @UEFA goalkeeping study group scheme, welcoming coaches from seven nations to observe our goalkeeping coach course and to offer input.#ScottishFACoachEd pic.twitter.com/suR0DTkk4w
October saw the exciting announcement that BT had signed a multi-year partnership to become the exclusive Lead Partner of all of the Men, Women's, Youth and Para-Football international Scotland teams.
NEWS | We're excited to announce that @BT_UK have signed a multi-year partnership to become the exclusive Lead Partner of all the Men's, Women's, Youth and Para-Football international teams in Scotland.https://t.co/2I1X98jKvX— Scottish FA (@ScottishFA) October 8, 2019
An important new agreement also began in October. Free sanitary products to tackle period dignity for fans became available in Hampden Park, as a result of a trial between the Scottish FA and social enterprise company Hey Girls. Find out more here.
November saw our fourth 'Football Saved My Life' video released, featuring Walking Football devotee Gary McLaughlin. For Gary, Walking Football quite literally saved his life.
When Gary McLaughlin suffered a heart attack, he feared that he wouldn’t survive to see his family grow up.— Scottish FA (@ScottishFA) November 29, 2019
Walking football became an outlet for Gary. He says that football saved his life.
➡️ Find a walking football group near you with @WalkingFootScot: https://t.co/jAQzo9ubYS pic.twitter.com/0wuFsUtuDm
The draw for UEFA EURO 2020 also took place in November, as we found out who we will be welcoming to Hampden Park, as one of the venues and Glasgow as one of the host cities. Should Scotland qualify through our play-off we would face Croatia and the Czech Republic at Hampden.
#EURO2020 | As a host nation, @HampdenPark will be hosting matches in Group D.— Scottish FA (@ScottishFA) November 30, 2019
⚽️ Play-Off Winners C
🇨🇿 Czech Republic
We will welcome Croatia and Czech Republic to Glasgow next summer. pic.twitter.com/DF9wU5pTA4
Early December saw an elite Coach Education Continued Professional Development course take place at Oriam, with the 'Midfield Masterclass'. Guest presenters at this event included Michael Beale, Scott Brown, Darren Fletcher, Scot Gemmill and Paul Scholes.
As 2019 winds to a close, 2020 looks set to be just as action-packed. If you are thinking about New Year’s resolutions already, then below is information on different ways to get involved in football.