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Female coaches undertake new course
 Women's Football News 20 Feb 2013
130220-02-womens-soccer-news.jpgCoaches from the girls' and women's game across Scotland were the first to undertake the Scottish FA's revamped C Licence coach education course. 
Holyrood Secondary School in Glasgow played host to the course, designed for coaches working with youths (aged over 13)and adults, focusses on how to conduct a training session, shape a team and coach individuals. It is a pre-requisite for candidates wishing to enrol on the Level 5 UEFA A Licence or Elite Youth A Licence.

Head of Girls' and Women's Football for the Scottish FA, Sheila Begbie, said: "We have a real commitment to developing the standards within the girls' and women's game here in Scotland.

"I'm delighted there was such a good turnout of coaches from across the country. Supporting coaches and volunteers from within the game is important.
"I think the coaches will have taken away with them useful new skills and contacts from within the game."

Among the nine female coaches in attendance on Glasgow's south side was East Fife Ladies and Youths coach Elizabeth Anderson. She said: "This has been a great opportunity to develop coaching skills linking the youth to the adult game.

"My club has expanded in recent years to include various youth sections. This course teaches methods which can be used at various levels all the way up to the adult first team."

Elizabeth said the course offered the opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences of coaching within the girls' and women's game. She added: "It has been good to hear how other female coaches are developing their skills.

"I have met some great people here with great ideas on how the game can grow."

Former Scotland under-19 international and current Hamilton Accies Women's FC player Jennifer King said she believed the course was designed in an accessible style for aspiring young coaches. She added: "I particularly enjoyed learning how to fine tune shaping and individual sessions.

"I'm finishing today having made a lot of new contacts and there have already been a couple of friendlies arranged too."

Audrey Ferrier, assistant football development officer for West Dunbartonshire Council, also attended the course. "This course is about new techniques and exchanging new ideas on the game," she said.

"I think some females can be put off attending male dominated courses. Because this one today was predominantly female, I think there was a more relaxed environment to learn in."


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