Appointment of Community Coach to Spearhead Girls Pathway

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Appointment of Community Coach to Spearhead Girls Pathway

Edinburgh South Community Football Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Doig as our first Community Coach. Paul’s last role was Head of Community Development at Raith Rovers and has previously worked with Hibernian’s community programme.

Paul will be joining us on the 2nd April. A significant part of his role will be working with the schools and local community providing football coaching for girls. Edinburgh South Community Football Club has an established pathway for boys from Soccer School up to an including senior football with Whitehill Welfare FC. Paul’s task will be to put in place the building blocks to replicate that pathway for girls. In addition, he will complement our existing offering for new age groups with walking football and nursery age classes.

Paul Doig said, “Edinburgh South CFC is a club l know well and l’m delighted to be part of what l’m sure will be a continuing success story. The Club from Soccer School upwards is the club of choice for hundreds of boys and the onus is now on making it equally attractive for girls. It is a challenge l relish and look forward to getting it moving.”

Brian Waugh, Chairman Edinburgh South Community Football Club said, “The club celebrates its 50th birthday next year so it has taken a while but l’m very pleased to welcome Paul as our first paid employee. However given the incredible progress made in the last few years l’m confident this pace will be maintained and that Paul will be an integral part of the club’s very rosy future.”

We are very grateful to the support and significant funding for the post from Sports Scotland and were delighted and surprised by the number and quality of the applicants.  Securing the funding for this resource was much appreciated and will allow us to provide services during the working day that simply is not possible with volunteer based, and otherwise employed, workforce of coaches and officials.

As part of our inclusion program we try and accommodate anyone looking to play football regardless of abilities. We are now helping more than 600 children play football in the community. With over 50 teams we play at 5 “home” parks, Inch Park, Drum Park, Fernieside Recreation Ground, Morgans Playing Fields and Double Hedges all in the south east of Edinburgh.

We already have a strong and dedicated coaching and official base of nearly 140 volunteers without whom none of what we do would be possible. Their commitment to the children is outstanding and all given without anything sought, even expenses, in return.

We pride ourselves on being the most affordable community football club in Edinburgh and the Lothians. We can only do so with continued support and sponsorship from the local Community.

We also have been busy on other activities in the community including a successful recycling initiative that saw thousands of used football related items including kits, boots and medals sent to Malawi in support of our new partner club Chitipa United. We are also supporting Inch Park Community Sports Club in holding football related Dementia workshops to assist local sufferers.

For more information, please contact: News@escfc.co.uk

Edinburgh South Community Football Club

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