The Scottish FA will deliver five hours of coach education to Scots living in America at the United Soccer Coaches Convention this month.

Performance Director Malky Mackay, Head of Football Development Andy Gould, Head of Coach Education and Development Greig Paterson and JD Performance School Manager Brian McLaughlin will deliver Continual Professional Development (CPD) directly to Scottish coaches.

The United Soccer Coaches (USC) event will attract thousands of attendees, with hundreds directly benefitting from the Scottish FA involvement in Baltimore.

Greig Paterson believes it is an incredible opportunity to connect with those who have completed Scottish FA courses in the past, as well as those with aspirations to do so in the future.

He said: “Over the past few years, we’ve established and developed a superb working relationship with United Soccer Coaches. This has seen us working collaboratively to try and bring further opportunities not just for American coaches, but predominantly for Scottish coaches that are now based in America, or coaches holding Scottish FA or UEFA qualifications.

“We are very grateful to USC for offering us more time and space than ever before at the forthcoming USC Convention in Baltimore this month.

“Given that the Convention itself is expected to attract in excess of 11,000 attendees, it is an incredible opportunity for us to reconnect with those that have completed Scottish FA qualifications, whilst also meeting others who may be interested in travelling over to us in the future.

“With this in mind, we will offer a CPD package on Wednesday, 15 January for our licence holders. Thereafter, throughout the duration of the Convention, we’ll be facilitating six other forums that we hope people will drop into and make part of their Convention experience.

“Myself, Andy Gould, Malky Mackay and Brian McLaughlin will all be there and we hope to meet and connect with as many coaches as possible.”

A total of 10 hours of CPD accreditation will be available to all Scottish FA Licence holders - five hours for completing a report on learnings at the USC Convention itself, with another five hours available from attending the Scottish FA CPD day which the staff will deliver on Wednesday, 15 January in Room 322 of the Baltimore Convention Centre.

Places for this can be reserved place here: https://www.scottishfalive.co.uk/scottishfa/

Further forums will be delivered by the Scottish FA staff in Room 303 of the Baltimore Convention Centre, and those with USC Convention registration are free to attend:

Thursday, 16 January, 12pm – 1pm: ‘Winning Teams- Creating a Performance Environment’
Friday, 17 January, 8am – 9am: ‘Player Development for Future Generations’
Friday, 17 January, 12pm – 1pm: ‘Preparing International Teams’