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By Staff Reporter

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Forres Girls Football Club coach Denise Simpson passing on her knowledge at Grant Park.
Forres Girls Football Club coach Denise Simpson passing on her knowledge at Grant Park.

WOULD you like to complete the first official step towards being a football coach?

The Scottish Football Association (SFA) North Region Early Touches coaching course is on at Grant Park on Friday, June 14 and Friday, June 21 (both of which need to be fully attended) from 6-9pm.

An SFA spokeswoman explained: "This six-hour course is open to all interested parties aged 16 and over, experienced or otherwise.

"In addition to delivering new content, the course will assist coaches to develop their coaching technique, focus on skill development and will explore the best age specific activities for developing young players."

She added: "The Early Touches course is the first step on the children’s pathway coaching ladder."

Forres Mechanics Youth Development co-ordinator Dave McCartney did the equivalent course for 11-12-year-olds after he retired in 2014.

He said: "You learn the skills and drills needed to bring on young players. Just as important is that you learn how to make coaching safe and fun.

"It's important that we teach kids properly in a positive and fear-free environment where making a mistake is just seen as a step to getting it right.

"No matter what game you are playing, if you learn the basics early and in the right way, then you will enjoy your sport more and are more likely to develop and reach your potential.

"This course delivers that and more."

Book a place at https://www.scottishfalive.co.uk/scottishfa/coaches/ or contact Claire Greig at north@scottishfa.co.uk or on 01309 673476 for more information.

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