Women coaches in the South East region have recently completed the ‘Early Touches’ certificate at Dalkeith Campus.

The course was organised by the Scottish FA’s girls’ and women’s football development officer in the area Karen McConnell and led by Midlothian Council’s football development officer Keith Wright.

Karen said: “We were impressed with the talent and enthusiasm displayed by the new coaches.

“The encouraging turn out highlights how much the girls’ game is growing at the younger age groups; within the last year, the number of teams at the U11 age group has doubled within the region.

“This increase in numbers means that teams can now participate in weekly, trophy free fixtures. 

“Encouraging more women to take up coaching roles is a vital part of sustaining and developing this growth.”

Following on from the success of the course, the Scottish FA is looking at running a Female Only Coaching Young Footballers Certificate (Children’s Level 2) later in the year.

If you would be interested in attending ,please contact Karen McConnell at karen.mcconnell@scottishfa.co.uk or 0131 667 8245.

Through the Cashback for Communities scheme, any participants aged between 16 and 25-years- old can attend a level 1 course free of charge, if they deliver a minimum of ten hours of voluntary coaching back into your club.