The South East Region hosted the first get together of club coaches who have signed up for the new Coach Development Programme at Meggetland Sports Complex in Edinburgh this week.

The group was made up of Coach Co-ordinators from Scottish FA Quality Mark Clubs and coaches working as part of the coach mentoring programme.  Travelling from all five Local Authorities within the Region, the group worked through a personal development plan, focusing on their strengths and weaknesses as well as long and short term goals as a coach.

The group of key individuals working in the grass roots game will also help the Scottish FA regional staff to shape the delivery of new initiatives across the region.   

Regional Manager Mark Munro said: "We were delighted with the response from coaches at our Quality Mark clubs.  To have 23 clubs represented is fantastic and it shows the commitment from everyone here to improve football provision across the South East of Scotland. 

"In the future, we plan to work with the group to implement new ideas and initiatives that they have and create new programmes that football in our Region will benefit from.  It's also very important the we have clubs sharing ideas and best practice which they are already starting to do."

Mark was joined by David Drummond, Chris Smith, Chris Roberts and Neil Orr from the regional staff who all contributed to the evening.

Thanks must go to the individuals who attended the workshop, once again giving up their time for the benefit of others back at their clubs.  The next meeting of the Regional Coach Development group will be at the inaugural National Coach Co-ordinator workshop at Hampden Park on the 24th January.

Clubs represented at this meeting were:

Haddington Athletic
Edinburgh Star
Dunbar United Colts
Musselburgh Windsor
Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic
Hibs Girls
Boroughmuir Thistle
Tranent Juniors BFC
BFC Linlithgow
Armadale Sports Club
Beeslack Thistle
Tranent Colts
Murieston United
North Merchiston
Currie Star
Leith Athletic
Edinburgh United
Whitburn CFC
Broxburn Athletic FC
For further information on the Coach Development group, please contact the South East Regional Office.