Teachers in Dumfires and Galloway are now undertaking Scottish FA coach education courses as part of their Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programme. This ground breaking initiative means teachers are attending organised courses which will aid their delivery of football in both curricular and extra-curricular activities.
On Tuesday 16th February a group of fourteen came together in Kirkcudbright to gain the Coaching Youth Footballers certificate which is a Level 2 Scottish FA course. The group comprised of teaching staff and a couple of football coaches from Dumfries and Galloway’s Football Development team. Also in attendance was Queen of the South captain Jim Thomson who currently looks after the Queens’ youth team.

Local Football Development Officer Robbie Totten and Scottish FA Club Development Manager John Brown put the eager participants through their paces on the Kirkcudbright Academy synthetic pitch and led discussions on instilling positive values and life skills through sport.
The Scottish FA is delighted by this innovative approach to teachers gaining coaching qualifications and would like to thank Alison Gold of Kirkcudbright Academy for instigating this move and all the officials in the Education Department who made this possible.
It is hoped that this successful delivery format will continue across D & G and many more teachers will be able to take part in the future.