Two Malawian football coaches participating on the Scottish Football Association Advanced Children’s Licence qualification course as part of a Commonwealth Games legacy programme have met with Minister for External Affairs and International Development, Humza Yousaf.
The coaches, participating in the Scottish FA / Malawi coaching education exchange programme, were one of three delegations attending the UEFA A+B Licence, UEFA Elite Youth A Licence and Scottish FA Advanced Children’s Licence tutorial courses. This is the final phase of a footballing partnership between the countries, which First Minister Alex Salmond announced in March 2013, under the Legacy 2014 programme.
Mr Yousaf said: “I was delighted to announce £75,000 of legacy funding last September for this football initiative that connects our countries through the power of sport, and it was fantastic to see people coming together at Toryglen Regional Football Centre in Glasgow. The Scottish Government is a passionate supporter of Scottish football and recognises the positive effect that sport can have in communities not only across Scotland, but also overseas.
“Over 1000 children and adults are already benefitting from a series of coaching education and referee development courses thanks to this partnership between the Scottish FA and the Football Association of Malawi. The initiative aims to boost participation in football and help develop Malawi’s footballing infrastructure ultimately encouraging more people to live active and healthy lifestyles.”
During their four day visit, Sylus Liwindo, National Football Grassroots Co-ordinator, and Davie Mpima, Technical Director of Play Football Malawi Academy in Lilongwe, took part in a Scottish FA Advanced Children’s Licence tutorial. This licence provides a recognised qualification for adults working with young players aged five to 12 years.
Jim Fleeting, Director of Football Development at the Scottish FA, said: "We are delighted to have the coaches over and engaging in our coach education programme. We hope the coaches enjoy their time here in Scotland and can share these positive experiences with children and adults in Malawi when they return home."
A total of six coaches from the Malawi FA are visiting and observing a range of coaching qualification tutorials from different Scottish FA courses in October and November.
The Scottish FA has made two partnership visits to Malawi. These included the piloting of its successful School of Football programme via a community medical / educational facility in Kaponda, delivery of equipment including goal posts, strips and footballs, plus meetings with the Malawian FA and the Malawian Ministry of Youth Sport.