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04/09/13 09:41

Scottish FA kick off Malawi coaching programme

Footballing partnership will benefit up to 1000 people

Minister for External Affairs Humza Yousaf announced a £75,000 legacy funding boost for a football coaching programme today as he helped pack up football kits and equipment bound for schools and communities in Malawi.

The initiative – announced by the First Minister in March as part of Legacy 2014 - will see up to 1000 children and adults benefit from a series of coaching education and referee development courses in a partnership between the Scottish Football Association (Scottish FA) and the Football Association of Malawi (FAM).

Building on the Scottish FA’s experience of current initiatives in Scotland, the weeklong visit will also pilot the successful Scottish FA ‘School of Football’ programme with a school in Malawi, providing an excellent opportunity to develop future sporting and educational links.

It is hoped that the initiative will increase participation in football and help develop an infrastructure for football in Malawi, supported by the exchange of skills and knowledge between the two nations for years to come.

Minister for External Affairs Humza Yousaf said:

“Scotland already enjoys a strong relationship with Malawi and I hope that this exciting initiative will strengthen that relationship further. This joint coaching programme will foster sporting links between the two countries and its legacy will extend long after the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

“Sport is a valuable universal language and plays a vital role in the lives of our schools and communities. A passion for football is one of the many things Scotland and Malawi share and this partnership will give us the opportunity to put that passion to excellent use, by exchanging knowledge and expertise and developing infrastructure for football in schools and communities in Malawi.”

Jim Fleeting, Director of Football Development at the Scottish FA, said:

“It is our aim that the expertise we have from operating our coach education programme in Scotland will benefit young people in Malawi. Football can be a force for good and coaching is a key part of developing the game.

“Like Scotland, there is great passion for football in Malawi. I’m looking forward to us sharing this love of football and helping communities across Malawi have more opportunities to play the game."

Notes to editors

Read the news release about the First Minister's announcment of the football partnership for Malawi: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2013/03/Malawifootball17032013

More information on the Scottish FA is available on the official website: http://www.scottishfa.co.uk