Aberdeen FC Community Trust have been delivering Positive Coaching Scotland workshops for coaches of Primary School teams in Aberdeen. There have been four workshops scheduled with the final one due to commence on Monday evening.
The events have been held in the Terry Scott Lounge at Pittodrie Stadium, the home of Premiership outfit Aberdeen FC and has drawn a large crowd. Over 200 coaches are being estimated to have attended after the four evenings are complete.
There will also be an in-service day on the 30th January at Aberdeen Sports Village where former Aberdeen captain Russell Anderson will be there on the day.
Liam McGarry (pictured right) spoke about one of his roles with the AFC Community Trust when he said, “My biggest project is to develop the primary schools football within Aberdeen City and the response to the PCS (Postive Coaching Scotland) workshops has been magnificent so far with over 130 people turning out for the first two presentations.
“The entire project has really been really successful over the past eighteen months, with a lot of progress being made. Harlaw Playing Fields sees 200 kids on the pitches per hour each Saturday morning and then you also have the parents as well, so there is a lot of people who come to Harlaw every week to enjoy primary school matches.
“We have introduced PCS barriers, as in the past it used to be one teams parents would stand on one touchline and the other half on the other side. However, now with these barriers the parents can be parents and the coaches can be coaches and adult behaviour on the touchline is promoting a PCS culture.”
There has been a lot of change to the primary school system in Aberdeen over the last 18 months and McGarry explained further when he said, “Steven Sweeney who is my line manage arrived at the club from St Mirren FC and he recognised that there was an opportunity to develop primary schools football in Aberdeen.
“There has definitely been a lot of progress over the last 18 months and with the support from Aberdeen City Council and the Scottish FA, I am certain there will be just as much progress in the 18 months ahead.”