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New football partnership offers support to young players
That's the goal of the recently-formed partnership between East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure and the East Renfrewshire Soccer Development Association. More than 120 volunteer coaches from ERSDA's member clubs met at Eastwood High Sports Centre to be given the most up to date information, support and guidance towards creating a positive culture for their players, as the association's competitive 4-a-side, 5-a-side and 7-a-side football kicked off for the coming season.
Led by the ERCL's Community Sports Development team, the coaches received updates on the Scottish FA's national player pathway, the developing partnership between ERCLT and ERSDA, reminders on why children choose football and how to create a positive culture through positive coaching, before being given practical coaching experiences.
John Gervaise, Football Development Officer for ERCL said, "The partnership is striving to ensure every young football player gets the opportunity to play small sided versions of the game in a fun, friendly, safe and competitive environment and to support every player to be the best they can be, in life and in football."
"We are delighted to be working in partnership with ERSDA to further support the unsung heroes of football in Scotland. The volunteers of the association's member clubs truly are the lifeblood of our game and give so much to ensure our young boys' and girls' get the chance to play in a fun, safe and educational environment. "
Gordon Miller, President of ERSDA added, "It's been a great start to our new partnership with ERCLT, and we look forward to the many joint initiatives we have planned for the season ahead, and beyond. It was a great turnout from ERSDA coaches in horrible weather, in which it was a really enjoyable and informative In-service day."
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