Edinburgh Napier University (ENU) and the Scottish FA (SFA) have joined forces to offer a new degree designed to develop coaches.
The four-year BSc (hons) football coaching, performance and development qualification launched on June 15.
Greig Paterson, head of coach education and development at the SFA, hailed “a first for Scottish football.
“This partnership with Edinburgh Napier will allow the SFA to continue to develop coaches and, in turn, will undoubtedly strengthen the game in Scotland for years to come.”
Aimed at those already boasting a background in the field, the degree will give students the chance to gain both SFA and UEFA coaching qualifications.
Graduates are tipped to accede to roles including recruitment and scouting analysts, head coaches, youth development sport scientists, and football analysts. Course developers are hopeful that the course will also boost the number of female coaches.
“Working closely with the Scottish FA we have developed an academic pathway that will advance the current and future football workforce in Scotland,” said Dr Susan Brown, ENU lead for partnerships and enterprise in sport.
“We’re confident that graduates of the course will immediately be highly employable, bringing fresh talent, skills and knowledge to Scottish football.”
Undergraduates will use the university’s Centre for Developing Athletes and benefit from a dual career policy aimed at supporting their academic studies.
“The programme will provide students with the unique opportunity to develop their coaching practice and gain important coaching awards, and develop skills across crucial disciplines such as psychology, physiology, and performance analysis,” said programme leader, Dr Cedric English.
Scotland Women’s head coach, Shelley Kerr, is no stranger to fitting coaching around academic studies. “I can appreciate the importance of university and the value it brings whilst progressing through your performance journey,” she said.
“The opportunity to gain knowledge that will assist in correlating practical and theoretical aspects of football will be invaluable to the students in their coaching careers.”
For full details of the course, or to apply for September 2020, please visit: napier.ac.uk/football-coaching