Chief Executive has 20/20 vision
Stewart Regan would be forgiven for pining for the relative tranquility of life with Geoffrey Boycott (Don’t mention boycotts – John Fleming). Not so. The chief executive has achieved what few have done before: unanimous board approval. The Scottish FA strategy, painstakingly pieced together since January, was passed at the recent Board meeting, and the contents of this new vision subsequently announced to all staff on April 12.
The headline targets are: Euro 2012 qualification, governance overhaul and a Referee Respect campaign. No pressure, then. . .
Football Development Delight in Turkey
The expertise of the Scottish FA was recently called upon by the Turkish Football Association to help deliver a training course in Istanbul for coaches working with disabled players. To read more, click here
Referee Administration Catch-up
Ref Admin are now moving into their busiest time of the year, with a hectic schedule of fixtures in the run in to the end of the season. This season's harsh winter will lead to mid week fixture rounds for some competitions running well into June. With 1546 matches postponed so far this season, it will be quite a challenge.
Referee Development Target Youth
Hibernian under-19s have become the first youth team in the country to go through the Scottish FA entrance course for referees.
The pilot project, run by the Edinburgh Referees Association, has paved the way for the course to be rolled out to young players across the country. Read more and watch the video here
Registrations Licensed to Thrill
The Registrations Department has just come through a busy time with the various league deadlines (31st March) for the registration of players. The bi-annual Players’ Agent Examination was held in the Auditorium, with eight out of 20 applicants passing.
The computerised system for the registration of players for Recreational football (i.e. Scottish Amateur FA, Welfare FA, SWF and Youth FA) is now complete and these players are now registered online by the clubs and/or the league secretaries. Development work is underway for a similar system for senior clubs to enable them to register their players via a web-based system.