To strengthen the infrastructure of sport in Tayside & Fife, to bring sustainable increases in participation and performance for our developing athletes.
The inaugural East Region Football Partnership Coaching Conference 2007 will be held at Dens Park, Dundee, home of Dundee Football Club on Sunday 12th August 2007. The Conference is supported through the SFA Youth Action Plan and aimed at coaches working across all levels of football and will include a variety of practical sessions and a discussion forum.
The one-day coaching event will include an exciting and very experienced line-up of top coaches and to date the Partnership has managed to secure the services of Archie Knox, Owen Coyle and Neil Mackintosh (see profiles below). The event will commence at 10am and finish around 3.30pm and lunch will be provided. We anticipate there will be a huge demand to attend this event and encourage interested coaches to book early. To guarantee your coaches places please download the attached form and return with the appropriate cheque amount to Mark Munro (address on form).
We look forward to seeing you at the event.
Archie's first managerial role came in a player/manager capacity when he returned to first club Forfar in 1976, spending four years in the dual role. In 1980, Knox became assistant to Alex Ferguson at Aberdeen, helping the team to two Scottish Cups, the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and subsequent European Super Cup in his three years with the Dons. In 1983, Knox returned to management with Dundee, where he would spend two-and-a-half years. A short spell back at Aberdeen followed, before following Ferguson to Manchester United in 1986, where he stayed until April 1991.
At this point, Knox came back to Scotland, becoming Walter Smith's assistant at Rangers, where the pair would enjoy six titles over the next seven years together. In July 1998, both men moved south to Everton, and most recently Archie has been appointed as the Scotland U21 National Coach.
A prolific striker, Owen began his senior career with Dumbarton in 1985, where he played alongside his brothers Joe and Tommy. In 1988 he joined Clydebank, then in March 1990 a 175,000 transfer took him to Airdrieonians. This move was instantly successful, Coyle scoring a hat-trick on his debut and going on to finish as the Scottish League's top scorer for 1989-90. Over the next two seasons his goals helped Airdrie to promotion, a Scottish Cup final appearance, and European football. In the summer of 1993, Bolton Wanderers paid 250,000 to sign Coyle, and his two year spell in England included promotion and a chance to play in the Premiership. Owen_ s other clubs include; Dundee United, Motherwell, Falkirk and Dunfermline. In April 2005, he was named as the new manager of St. Johnstone. In March 2006, he was awarded Manager of the Month for the Scottish First Division for his team's performance. This was the first time he had been awarded the accolade. In November 2006, he led St. Johnstone to a 2-0 victory over Rangers at Ibrox to reach the semi-finals of the League Cup.
It was their first win over the Glasgow club in 35 years.
Former Highland League player, Neil is the Head of Youth Development at the Scottish FA and charged with developing football at all levels. As former Head of Youth Development at Ross County FC he was very much at the heart of the clubs revolution and rise through the Scottish Leagues. Neil is also a tutor on the Scottish FAs License courses working with top coaches from across Scotland and Europe.
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