The Scottish FA West and South West regions joined forces to deliver a in-service to over 60 coaches, at the Torygeln Regional Football Centre, on the New Skills Challenge DVD.

The first part of the in-service was a short presentation about the skills challenge DVD which outlined the overall aim of the programme:

• To create a tool which will motivate children and young people to practise the skills needed in Football.

• To create a tool for coaches to develop and asses’ players skills levels.

• To create a training culture which is based on skill development and hard work.

• To create realistic tests which reflex the skills needed in the modern game.

The coaches then took part in a practical demonstration of the skills challenges and were provided with additional information on how to organise an event for their own club, school or league.

Scottish FA Regional Manager Paul McNeill said ‘It was great to see so many coaches turning up and taking part in this event. The Skills Challenge will enable coaches to monitor the progress of their own players over a period of time.

Paul added ‘more importantly the Skills Challenges will motivate young players to practice individual skill that will enhance their development.

Each region will be hold a region Skills Challenge day for young players with further information available soon, however if you require more information on the Skills Challenge or other regional programmes please contact the regional office.