Wednesday 26th February 2020

Confidence in Coaching: SSS and the Scottish FA

Scottish Student Sport and the Scottish Football Association are delighted to announce their first female-specific Introduction to Coaching course. Find out more about the course and the ongoing partnership between SSS and the Scottish FA.

The Course

SSS and the Scottish FA are excited to announce the first female student-specific Introduction to Coaching Course. The course will take place on Saturday the 14th of March at Oriam and aims to increase the number of females involved in coaching. Here are the key details you need to know.

Date: Saturday 14th March

Time: 10am – 5pm

Venue: Oriam, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

Cost: £20 (value £50)

Sign up process:

  • Email Eilidh by 2nd March with name, email, and place of study of those interested.
  • Eilidh will then support the students with the SFA sign up process, which includes short pre-course online assessments.
  • There is a maximum of two spaces available per institution (must be SSS members) but if you have others interested then they can be added to the waiting list.

Changing Lives

This opportunity is a result of discussions and actions taken by the Scottish Student Sport Women in Sport group, chaired by Edinburgh Napier Student Association’s Vice President of Sport and Societies Georgia Moran. She said:

“This is an incredible opportunity for our female student footballers who are keen to get some coaching experience. Our SSS Women in Sport group is excited to see the success of the course and to provide similar opportunities in the future.”

“This is an incredible opportunity for our female student footballers who are keen to get some coaching experience. Our SSS Women in Sport group is excited to see the success of the course and to provide similar opportunities in the future.”

The group recognise there are continued barriers faced by females, whether that is the visibility of the opportunities or having the confidence to lead a team. The group acknowledged that along with the specific coaching skill set the confidence to deliver is a crucial part of the jigsaw – we wanted to take the opportunity to incorporate a changing lives mindset into the training.

The Changing Lives mindset is about using sport and physical activity to intentionally bring about positive change for individuals and communities. Changing Lives Champions, a sportscotland lead program, sees 38 sports professionals across the sporting landscape explore this way of thinking and delivering. Eilidh is the Changing Lives Champion for SSS – if you have any questions feel to get in touch.

We are excited to incorporate a confidence workshop into the Coaching 1.1 to ensure candidates have the best possible start in their coaching journey. On the day we are delighted to hear from Spartan’s Community Football Academy’s Women’s Head Coach, Debbi McCulloch who will reflect on her coaching journey and provide the students some key tips and insight to help build and sustain their confidence. She said:

“I am delighted and honoured to be supporting SSS’s first female-only coaching course. It is fantastic to see Scottish Student Sport investing in female coaches and I have no doubt the course will beneficial to all participants. Hopefully, by sharing my experiences on and off the field I will be able to give some insight into my coaching journey and how confidence can play such an important role in developing you as a coach.”

Collaboration is Key

SSS has worked in partnership with the Scottish FA for a number of years focusing on increasing participation and enhancing student football. This is a great project for us to collaborate on together to continue the legacy from the recent Women’s World Cup. Many of the Scotland Women’s National Team and indeed Head Coach, Shelley Kerr have strong links to Higher and Further Education. Shelley has always been hugely positive and a strong advocate of student sport, emphasising the strengths it has in developing people. She said:

“As a coach, Student Sport has played a huge part in my development and it’s fantastic to see this joint initiative allow females the opportunity to access coach education in a safe, fun and friendly environment.  I’m hoping to drop in on the 14th March to share my own coach education experiences with all the participants.”

“Student Sport has played a huge part in my development and it’s fantastic to see this joint initiative allow females the opportunity to access coach education in a safe, fun and friendly environment.”

You can hear more from Shelley Kerr in an extended interview she did with SSS on the Scottish Student Sport Podcast.

Both SSS and the Scottish SFA place huge importance on developing people, particularly young people, and we are pleased to support this course financially to make it as accessible to students as possible. Nicola Scott, Head of Development at Scottish Student Sport added:

“Collaboration is at the heart of what we do here at SSS. Our partnership with the Scottish FA is long-standing and hugely valued. Opportunities, like this one, would be impossible to deliver without support from the Scottish FA. We are excited to deliver an opportunity that targets equality, Changing Lives and develops people all delivered collaboratively – a really exciting piece of work! ”

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