Everton's Alan Irvine, Middlesbrough's Steve Agnew and Scottish FA's Donald Park entertained and enlightened over two hundred coaches attending the South East region's Coaching Conference on Sunday. The game at all levels was represented by the coaching community who attended, an audience which included Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager Terry Butcher.

The former Scotland assistant boss was more than impressed by the presentations and practical demonstrations he witnessed at the Braidwood Motor Company Stadium.

"I thought Alan, Steve and wee Parky (Donald Park) were top class today," he said. "You just need to look at the number of coaches here to see how much we appreciate the Scottish FA and the regional guys putting on events like this."

"The best thing is that the day works for coaches right along the spectrum, from the ones working with the tiny tots right through to the senior pro level."

"When I started my coaching career I rarely attended events like this, I tended to get bogged down by the day to day of club life, but now I try to get to as many as possible, although they are quite often a treck from Inverness. They are really good to see, it's a good chance to network and to hear other coaches philosophy of the game."

"Scotland has a wealth of top class coaches and that in turn seems to attract other great coaches from around the world to come and interact with us, attend courses and support these types of events. It's great to bounce off these guys, learn from them and you always pick certain things up."

"I went through my pro licence a few years ago and I have to say it was one of the best things I have ever done."

"We were very lucky with the trips we went on and the people we met. We spent a few days down with David Moyes at the Everton training ground, so the facilities that Alan spoke of today I've been fortunate to witness first hand and they are spectacular. But more than that the people are incredible, Leighton Baines was in doing weights and a number of other players were working there on their day off."

"I definitely took things from that trip and the others and went back and implemented them at my club. It doesn't matter how big the club is or the resources they have at their disposal you can still pick something up, even for the grassroots coaches, if you can say to your group of kids that the players at a big pro club are doing this or behaving like that then the kids will be inspired and want to do the same."

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