The Scottish FA East Region in partnership with Sport Tayside and Fife, recently held a female-only coach education weekend at Bells Sports Centre, Perth.

The weekend consisted of Level 1 Early Touches, Emergency First Aid and Good Practice and Child Protection Courses.

This weekend was a great success with 70 women taking part - three times as many attendees as the  previous female-only coach education course in July.

Many of the coaches benefitted from the Scottish FA Coaches for Communities programme, which allows people to attend coach education programmes free of charge in return for volunteering in the sport, thanks to funding from the Scottish Government's CashBack for Communities.

Scottish FA East Region Girls/Women’s Football Development Officer, Sam Milne organised the course. She said: “The women's game is growing every year and there are more opportunities now, not only for girls to play the game, but for new coaches to become involved. Women's football in Scotland has come a long way over the past few years, but if we want to continue to improve we must support and develop Scottish coaches, as well as players, at all levels of the game.

"One group that we'd like to reach out to is mums. According to research by ICM, 77% of mums enjoy playing a hands-on role in their children's football and a quarter regularly kick a ball around with their children, while nearly half (44%) go to matches.

"So, while research tells us that mums have the potential skills and interest to become coaches, they are often less prone to consider coaching than other groups in society - we'd like to change that.

“We will now work with all these women who attended the weekend to provide opportunities to put their new found skills into practice”