THOUSANDS of young footballers across the Scottish Borders are set to benefit from new training regimes inspired by an innovative football education program.
Thirty-eight coaches from across the region have just completed an intensive two-day Coerver Coaching Youth Diploma course hosted by Scottish soccer legend John Collins and Coerver Scotland director and elite performance coach Gordon Craig.
The training, sponsored by Borders Sport and Leisure, Galashiels company QubeGB and Sport Borders, introduced the coaches to world-leading techniques in planning and delivering coaching session for young players as utilised by clubs such as AC Milan, Arsenal and Bayern Munich.
Having come through the local youth set-up himself, Collins said: “It’s really great to come back to the Borders, to this great facility at 3G Arena, to deliver the Coerver Coaching Diploma.
“Through the course, coaches will go back to their teams across the Borders and not only pass on football skills, but also instill a positive message to the youngsters that are great life skills, from listening to others and having respect for each other to leading a healthy life – these coaches really have an important influencing role in the lives of many young people.
“I’m delighted that Qube GB, Borders Sport and Leisure and Sport Borders were able to come together to make this happen.”
Darren Bunker, chief operating officer of Galashiels-based QubeGB and a coach at Gala Dean said: “I would like to express my thanks to John Collins, Gordon Craig, Joe Jones and indeed everyone at Coerver for sharing their insight and coaching experiences with all of us at Netherdale this weekend.
“I am personally thankful to have been part of such a special event and cannot wait to implement what I have been taught in my training sessions with the local children.
“In my opinion, the Coerver Coaching Programme is without a doubt the best coaching programme for youngsters, from ball mastery to session planning.
“I would also like to express my sincere thanks to BSLT, Drew Kelly and Kevin Temple who played a big part in making this coaching event happen.”