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Edinburgh coaches to benefit from Street Games Programme

24th January 2017

Hearts Head of Community to deliver sessions to help grassroots coaches develop young players.

As part of the Scottish FA South East regional in-service programme, Hearts' Head of Community, Alan White, will help deliver an evening of small-sided street games which will help young players improve their decision making, problem solving and improvisation.

The session is open to grassroots coaches and will take place at Oriam (The National Performance Centre) on Monday 20th February. 

The session is free of charge and attendees will receive a coaching booklet containing 20 games that can be easily introduced into their weekly training sessions.

Speaking about the programme, Alan commented, “We recently delivered these games to 120 coaches in Mid and East Lothian and they were very well received. The games are very dynamic, very easy for coaches to set up and we always find kids are really enthuastic and fully engaged in the activity."

"We strongly believe that kids learn to make good decisions by making decisions (not by following directions). These games support that theory by creating quicker and more able problem solvers - traits which are key in todays game”

"For novice coaches, these games can be used as an alternative to having to design skill practices or sessions"


Coaches should come prepared to participate and must wear moulded stud boots, even if spectating from pitch-side. Details are as follows:

Date: Monday 20th February 2017

Time: 7.00 - 8.30pm

Venue: Oriam, National Performance Centre, Edinburgh                                                                                                 

Cost: Free


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