Aspiring female coaches complete their Scottish FA C Licence

The Scottish FA hosted their first ever female only national coaching licence at the weekend with 17 women completing their C Licence at Toryglen.

Funded by UEFA, the course allows female coaches the chance to further their development and progress to their B Licence.

Over the course of 30 hours across five days, the participants focused on coaching sessions, team shape and individual practices.

The female only licence continues the recent impressive coaching work done in the women’s game in the country with Scotland being one of seven European nations to have three full-time female coaches in charge of their national teams.

Scottish FA Coach Education Manager, Greig Paterson said: “In recent years the Scottish FA has made a conscious effort to increase the number of qualified female coaches working in the game.

“In partnership with UEFA we were granted funding for this group of female coaches to undertake the C Licence with a view to progress to their UEFA B Licence next year.”

Scottish FA’s Head of Women’s and Girls Football, Donald Gillies said:  “There’s no reason why these women can’t get full-time jobs in both the male and female game in the future.

“Having two full-time female youth team coaches and a female national team coach is fantastic and provides role models for the youngsters in Scotland.

“Scottish FA Coach Education has been a hallmark of European and world football for a while now and the pathway is there for all.

“We’re now promoting that pathway to females in a more active way.”

Scotland Women’s National Team’s Head Coach Shelley Kerr said: “We’re in a really fortunate position where we have three full-time female head coaches and hopefully we are role models.

“The more female coaches we can introduce into the coach education pathway, the better we can equip our players.

“I can remember doing the C Licence when I was 18 which I think was good as your coaching journey should span over a long period time.

“Coaching has allowed me to help people which is been a really pleasing aspect to it all and I’m excited to see how these young coaches progress after attaining their C Licence.”