Scottish FA coaching courses are set to be showcased at the biggest annual coaching conference in the world.

Scottish FA Director of Football Development, Jim Fleeting, and Head of Coach Education, Donald Park, will travel to Philadelphia next week to take part in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s (NSCAA) annual coaching convention.

Fleeting and Park will deliver practical sessions featuring content from a range of Scottish FA coach education courses, and meet a cohort of Scottish coaches currently plying their trade 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.

Part of the purpose of Fleeting and Park’s trip is to work with Scottish coaches in North America on a long-term basis, to continue the coach education they started with the Scottish FA.

Head of Coach Education Donald Park said:

“We are proud that a whole host of coaches who have gone through Scottish FA courses are working across the world. We learn from them too, so communicating more regularly, and on a long-term basis, to offer further support to is very important to us”.

Director of Football Development Jim Fleeting said:

“With so many people from a wide variety of coaching backgrounds it will be fantastic experience for us to engage with people and organisations such the NSCAA and US Youth Soccer”.

The NSCAA gathering is the biggest annual coaching conference in the world and brings together over 10,000 coaches from across the world to share and learn from one another.

The representatives from the Scottish FA will be at NSCAA at the Philadelphia Convention Center, Friday 16th January from 7:30 - 8:30am local time