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Scottish FA Annual Review 2012

  1. 1. 2 / Scottish FA Annual Report 2012 3IntroDUCTIONPresident’s Welcome..............................................04Chief Executive’s Report.........................................06section 1 / PerformanceMark Wotte’s Performance Review......................10National Teams.........................................................12William Hill Scottish Cup........................................15Football Development Programme.......................16Coach Education......................................................17Referee Development.............................................18Section 2 / Strong Quality GrowthTesco Bank Football Challenge.............................22Leonardo Da Vinci Projects....................................24Cashback For Communities....................................25Modern Apprentice Programme...........................27section 3 / Better Financial ReturnsFinancial Report.......................................................30Commercial Report..................................................32Hampden Park Ltd...................................................33Scottish Football Museum......................................34Medical Centre.........................................................35section 4 / Respected and Trusted to LeadHenry McLeish Review...........................................38Compliance...............................................................40Club Licencing..........................................................41Online Registration..................................................42Board/Committees...................................................43Attendance Register...............................................46INTRODuction
  2. 2. It is my pleasure to introduce the ScottishFA’s Annual Review for 2011.It has been another challenging year forScottish football but the major changesundertaken since last year’s AnnualGeneral Meeting has given the Scottish FAa platform to build an exciting future for thegame, one I believe we can look forward towith genuine optimism.We have just come through arguably themost significant period of transformationand modernisation the Association hasever undergone and I genuinely believe therange of improvements have put us at theforefront of football governance.In this regard, I would like to express mythanks to our Chief Executive, StewartRegan, the Board of Directors and thestaff at the Scottish FA for embracingthis vision and implementing this changeprocess seamlessly.This change would not have been possiblewithout the support of our members, either.It is often forgotten that the Scottish FAexists to promote, foster and develop thegame at all levels.While issues at the apex often dominate themedia agenda, it is important to recognisethe contributions of those who underpinthe game: the coaches, the volunteers, theaffiliated associations and those whoseinvolvement is purely for the love of football.It is equally important to understand theissues in other areas of the game and thatwe work together. Travelling the countryand observing football from the HighlandLeague to the South of Scotland is one ofthe most rewarding aspects of my role. Itis essential that every area of the game isgiven the support of the Scottish FA, notjust financially.It was heartening to see all areas ofthe game come together last June andunanimously accept the Scottish FA¹s visionfor the future. Real change, real leadershipcomes when all strands work together.There is a new ethos and a newphilosophy at the Scottish FA and thishas been embraced, adopted andpromoted throughout the country, fromthe Scottish Premier League, the ScottishFootball League to our Affiliated NationalAssociations. It manifests itself at ourcouncil meetings, which have now beenenhanced by Parliamentary-style debates,providing members with an opportunity to airtheir views on the major aspects affectingthe game which, in turn, will be distilled intopotential action points for the Professionaland Non Professional Game Boards.It is my responsibility to help bring thevarious facets of Scottish football togetherand ensure everyone, regardless oftheir status, has a voice in the ongoingdevelopment of the game. We all have aresponsibility to improve the national sportand I believe the Scottish FA is equipped tolead us into an exciting new chapter.Campbell OgilviePresidentPresident’sWelcomeReturn to Contents4 / Scottish FA Annual Report 2012 5
  3. 3. The Scottish Government’s manifestocommitment to a National PerformanceCentre will also give our current nationalteams and aspiring future Scotlandstars a facility conducive to world-classdevelopment in the years to come.On the field, Scotland’s failure to reachthe play-offs for UEFA Euro 2012 was adisappointment but the progress madeunder Craig Levein is indisputable. Thenational coach has created a youthfuland vibrant squad who are committedto playing the game in an attractive andentertaining manner. We now have thevast majority of our squad competing inthe Barclays Premier League and thenPower Championship, respectively themost illustrious and competitive leaguecompetitions in Europe.That can only bode well for the futuredevelopment of Charlie Adam, Barry Bannanet al, while the emergence of James Forrestat Celtic is another rich source of optimism.The growth of the women’s game wasanother major feature of 2011. Under Anna,the women’s national team has reachedits highest-ever FIFA raking and narrowlymissed out on qualifying for the Women’sWorld Cup. The success of Glasgow City inreaching the last 16 of the UEFA Women’sChampions League underpinned one of thelargest growth areas in Scottish football.Participation is equally important and JimFleeting’s commitment to One National Planand doubling the number of people playingthe game (from 65,000 to 130,000 registeredplayers) will allow us to broaden the baseof the game, strive to improve the numberand quality of all-weather facilities andultimately produce more players.The area of governance was a centraltheme of the McLeish Report and anotherarea of radical development at the ScottishFA. The arrival of Vincent Lunny as ourfirst-ever Compliance Officer has broughtcredibility, efficiency and transparencyto our new disciplinary procedures. TheJudicial Panel Protocols have enabledus to govern Scottish football in a morerobust manner, reflecting the demands ofthe modern game. The Judical Panel panelprovides independence but also, with morethan 100 members of a cab-rank system,enables us to utilise a wide range of skillsand qualifications.Our new, streamlined Board now hasthe focus to tackle issues of strategicimportance, with the appointment of BarrieJackson bringing a fresh perspective as thefirst Independent Non Executive Director.Equally, the creation of the Professionaland Non Professional Game Boardshas allowed each to concentrate onoperational matters specific to their partof the game. This has been a massive stepforward in ensuring meaningful decisionmaking in matters that affect the two mainconstituencies within Scottish football.Financially, as outlined in this review,the Scottish FA is in good health inan otherwise uncertain time for theScottish and, indeed, global game.UEFA’s commitment to centralisation ofcommercial rights will provide yet morefinancial security from 2014, which willenable us to continue to support the gameat all levels.The above progress leaves us in a farbetter place to be respected and trustedto lead as the game’s governing body. Astrategic plan, though, is nothing withoutwillingness, leadership and a collectivecommitment and determination to see theplan through to its conclusion.Stewart M ReganChief ExecutiveIf 2011 was the year of revolution at theScottish FA, then January 12th was the daythat destiny was created.A gathering of our Board and seniormanagement at a conference suite inLanarkshire’s Bellshill Hilton sowed theseeds of change that have been manifest inevery pore of our governing body.The scale and pace of that change cannotand must not be underestimated. In thefirst year – indeed first six months – sinceour strategic plan was unanimouslyapproved at the Annual General Meeting,95% of the recommendations made byHenry McLeish in his seminal two-partReview of Scottish Football have eitherbeen actioned or completed.While it is important to maintain that rateof progress, it is worth reflecting on thediversity of those radical improvements.The Scottish FA, in many of its operationalaspects, is unrecognisable from itsprevious incarnation.For the first time in its 138-year-history,a vision and a set of tangible values andgoals have been established. ScotlandUnited: A 2020 Vision is more than simply aplan. It has become our Bible: a documentthat outlines our ambitions from now untilthe end of the decade. It is user-friendlyand provides tangible objectives whetheryou are the National Team Coach or aDevelopment Officer out in the field. It isour statement of intent.Since that meeting in January, our Boards,senior management and staff havededicated themselves to realigning theirpriorities behind the four key pillars:Perform and WinStrong Quality GrowthRespected and Trusted to LeadBetter Financial ReturnsIn each regard, we finished 2011 farstronger than we started it.The appointment of Mark Wotte as ourfirst-ever Performance Director representsthe biggest commitment the Scottish FAhas made to elite talent developmentin Scotland. He was the outstandingcandidate and has wasted no time inimplementing his performance strategy.The arrivals of Ricky Sbragia, Scott Boothand Dean Gorre have bolstered the nationalcoaching staff of Craig Levein, AnnaSigneul and Billy Stark and this year wecan look forward to the first term of ourseven Regional Performance Schools.These schools will house the most talentedS1s throughout the country and theScottish FA has committed £15m over thenext four years to support this project.Chief executive’sreport6 / Scottish FA Annual Report 2012 7Return to Contents
  4. 4. Section 1 /PERFORMANCE8 / Scottish FA Annual Report 2012 9Scotland at amajor finalsHigher standardsFuture teamgrowingHome ofgreat coachesElite referees(top 10)Level 1Scotland winningLevel 2Men qualify for Euro 2012Women planning for UEFA 2013 qualification2011New Scottish Football PerformanceDevelopment Programme launchedNew academy system approved for 2012-2013Scots 55% of SPL players60 players in EPL/Championships (19 EPL)Elite coaching plan implementedReferee performance plan producedand implementedThe Scottish FA ScoreboardReturn to Contents
  5. 5. The Scottish FA’s performance strategy isunquestionably our greatest commitment toelite talent development.In July, Mark Wotte was announced as ourfirst ever National Performance Directorand the Dutchman wasted little time inbringing the strategy to life. Mark wastechnical director at Feyenoord and workedwith Southampton and, latterly, Ismailyin Egypt before being identified as theoutstanding candidate to lead the ScottishFA into an era of performance.“I am very excited about this project,”Wotte said. “Scottish football has a veryproud history but it is now more importantwe plan for a proud future. The variousorganisations must find a way of workingtogether to produce world-class players.We see similar-sized countries likeSlovenia, Iceland and Croatia developingand we must do something fundamentallydifferent to qualify for major finals, not justat A squad level but throughout the agegroups, both men and women.“I have encountered a lot of goodwilland eagerness for us to succeed and theperformance strategy gives us a path tofollow collectively.”Upon arriving, Mark immediately recruitedthe former Manchester United andSunderland coach, Ricky Sbragia, totake charge of the under-17s for theirUEFA European Championship qualifyingcampaign. Scott Booth, the formerScotland internationalist who played forAberdeen, Borussia Dortmund, Utrecht andFC Twente, also joined as assistant coachto the National Youth Teams, with Wotteenduring a more fluid approach to thecoaching network.Mark wotte’SPerformance reviewRicky will move forward with the under-19sthis summer and Dean Gorre, the formerAjax under-19 coach, was recruited to takecharge of the new intake of under-17s.“The idea is to have one coach focusingon one team,” he said. “It is important tohave continuity, especially in internationalfootball when the players do not have theopportunity to join up regularly. Ricky camein and worked with the under-17s but asthose players move up, so Ricky will movewith them to the under-19s to help theirdevelopment. He is an excellent coachwith a fantastic reputation having workedwith Sir Alex Ferguson, Sam Allardyce andSteve Bruce.”The Regional Performance Schools arethe crown jewels of the new strategy.Seven schools throughout the countryhave been selected to house the creamof Scotland’s talented young footballers.There, they will marry their footballeducation with their normal curriculum aspart of the Scottish FA’s commitment to eliteplayer development.The Scottish FA has appointed sevencoaches to work in conjunction with theschools and the players’ clubs to enhancetheir technical skills at a key stage oftheir development.Ray McKinnon, the former Dundee Unitedmidfielder, Brian McLaughlin, the formerCeltic winger, and Ian Ross, the former StMirren player, have each been assigned toan RPS. Ian Cathro, regarded as one of themost promising youth coaches in Scotland,has joined from Dundee United, and GordonCraig, Greg Miller and Andrew Goldie bringa wealth of experience in youth coachingto complete the team.They will each take up to 20 of the mosttalented under-12 players in their region– both boys and girls – and provide aminimum five extra coaching sessions perweek focusing on skills development. Overa four-year period, this will provide themost talented young footballers throughoutthe country with an extra 800 sessions. Thisexciting new project is part of the ScottishFA’s £15m investment in the PerformanceStrategy over the next four years.“I believe the Performance Schools willprove to be one of the most significantand positive developments for ScottishScotland’s long-serving youth coach, Ross Mathie, retired in December.The former Kilmarnock player enjoyed 30 years at the Scottish FA, and in that time hasled several Scotland teams to UEFA finals tournaments, most recently the under-17showpiece in 2008. He has also served as a member of UEFA technical teams at youthfinal tournaments in the last few years.“It has been an absolute privilege to have worked with the Scottish FA over the past30 years, alongside wonderful professional people who have made my time at theassociation a most enjoyable experience,” said Ross.Scottish FA Chief Executive Stewart Regan added: “I would like to thank Ross for hisremarkable contribution, not just to the Scottish FA but to Scottish football ingeneral. He will be missed by his friends and colleagues throughout football butalso by the players whose lives, not just careers, have been enhanced by Ross’spositive influence.”football in decades,” he said. “They willenhance the coaching provided by theclubs by implementing an IndividualPlayer Development Programme by ourexperienced teachers. Our young playersneed more contact time with the ball andmust develop key skills like balance, agility,speed, movement and co-ordination.”Regional PerformanceSchools and Coaches:Braidhurst High School (Motherwell)Gordon CraigBroughton High School (Edinburgh)Greg MillerGraeme High School (Falkirk)Ian RossGrange Academy (Kilmarnock)Andrew GoldieHazelhead Academy (Aberdeen)Ray McKinnonHolyrood Secondary School (Glasgow)Brian McLaughlinSt John’s High School (Dundee)Ian Cathro10 / Scottish FA Annual Report 2012 11Return to Contents
  6. 6. Scotland’s absence from majortournaments may endure but optimismfor a brighter future tempered thedisappointment of failing to qualify for UEFAEuro 2012.Craig Levein’s first campaign as nationalteam coach may not have been notablefor ending a 14-year hiatus from majorchampionship finals but it was successfulin instilling a new philosophy tailored to alively new generation of talented players.Barry Bannan, Charlie Adam, CraigMackail-Smith, JamieMackie, GrantHanley, Danny Wilson and James Forrestall emerged with international credentials.Where once international fortunes hadbeen dependent on individual heroism, there-establishment of a collective ethos wasarguably the greatest success throughoutGroup I.Scotland’s preparations began withuplifting participation in the Carling NationsCup. Arousing 3-0 victory against NorthernIrelandat Dublin’s Aviva Stadium gave aglimpse of new-look Scotland, with a fusionof firmness and flair. Kenny Miller, JamesMcArthur – with an exquisite lob – and KrisCommons ensured an emphatic victory.The extent of that progress was given thesternest test of all when Scotland travelledto England to play a Brazil side laden withtalent. A 2-0 defeat at the Emirates Stadiumwas no disgrace and was a high-intensitywarm-up for the conclusion of the CarlingNations Cup.A 3-1 win against Wales, with strikesfrom James Morrison, Kenny Miller andChristoph Berra, ensured Scotland’s placein the final against the host nation anddespite enjoying the majority of possession,Scotland succumbed to a solitary RobbieKeane strike.Preparations were concluded with a 2-1victory against Denmark at Hampden, ahard-fought encounter decided by RobertSnodgrass’s first goal for his country.Scotland resumed their Group I campaignin fine fettle, but a heartbreaking lateequaliser for Czech Republic at Hampdenin September left a mountain to climb. Justwhen it had seemed Darren Fletcher’sgoal has sealed a 2-1 victory that wouldhave thrust Scotland in to contention, ablatant act of simulation handed the CzechRepublic a lifeline from the spot.A 2-2 draw was not fatal, and a tense 1-0win against Lithuania three days laterkept Scotland in the frame for a play-offplace, courtesy of Steven Naismith. CraigMackail-Smith ensured a grandstandfinale with the only goal in Liechtensteinbut defeating the world champions, Spain,and requiring Lithuania to curb the CzechRepublic proved a forlorn hope.A victory away to Cyprus and a spirited1-1 draw in Slovenia enabled Craig Leveinto continue to build on the progress inanticipation of a hugely competitive WorldCup qualification group including Croatia,Serbia, Belgium, Macedonia and Wales.MEN’S ANATIONAL TEAM12 / Scottish FA Annual Report 2012 13This was a landmark year for women’sfootball. On the international stage, theWomen’s World Cup Finals in Germany wasone of the most successful tournamentsyet. The final itself highlighted theimportance of new media in promotingthe women’s game, setting a new Twitterrecord with 7196 tweets sent per second asJapan defeated USA in Frankfurt.On the domestic front, Glasgow City’smarch into the last 16 of the UEFA Women’sChampions League, with a squad featuringseven Scotland national team players,sparked renewed interest in the women’sgame in this country.Scotland’s reputation on the internationalstage continues to grow apace. The annualclimb up the women’s rankings tablecontinued in 2011. By December, AnnaSigneul’s side were at an all-time high of13th in Europe and 22nd in the world.The annual Cyprus Women’s Cuptournament in February was the catalystfor a positive year, as Scotland linedup against a host of sides finalisingpreparations for the Women’s World Cupfinals in Germany.Scotland finished 4th in the 12 teamtournament, with results including ahistoric 2-0 win over England - a firstwin over the Auld Enemy for more than30 years.There were milestones for two youngmidfielders, as Arsenal’s Kim Little pickedup her 50th cap, and Glasgow City’s Jo Lovehit 100 international appearances.Tynecastle was named as the new home ofthe women’s national team in September,as Scotland prepared to face France,Republic of Ireland, Wales and Israel inGroup 4 of the UEFA Women’s Euro 2013qualifying round.Scotland kicked off their campaign instyle, as expectations of qualification for afirst major finals build. A potentially trickyaway trip to Israel was duly negotiated, asScotland secured all three points with a 6-1win in Ness Ziona.Women’s Youth TeamsPauline Hamill’s side narrowly missedout on a place in the second round of theUEFA Women’s Under-17 Championship inOctober. A win over Kazakhstan and drawswith Austria and Iceland were not quiteenough, as Scotland finished in secondplace.After tasting success with a finals berthin 2010, Scotland women’s under-19s areon course to repeat that feat in 2012. Aftertopping their first qualifying round group,Shelley Kerr’s side will face Italy, Russiaand Spain as they bid to reach the finals inTurkey in July 2012.WOMEN’sNational TeamReturn to Contents
  7. 7. Scotland Under-21s made a positive start totheir UEFA European Under-21 Championshipqualifying campaign, defeating theNetherlands 2-1 in Nijmegen and ending theyear undefeated in Group 10 after four games.The Under-19s were edged out of a placein the elite round stage of the UEFAEuropean Under-19 Championship afterBelgium defeated them 3-1 on the last dayof qualifying.Ross Mathie’s Under-17 squad narrowlymissed reaching the 2011 finals afterdrawing their last group game againstCzech Republic having already defeatedSlovakia and drawn with Italy. Despite notqualifying, Mathie’s side failed to lose anyof their six qualification games.Ricky Sbragia took over the Under-17side in the summer after Mathie signalledhis intention to retire, ending a 30-yearassociation with the Scottish FA, andhis team topped their qualifying group inMacedonia to reach the elite round withimpressive wins over the group hosts andSan Marino and a draw against Turkey.Scotland Under-16s finished in third place inthe Sky Sports Victory Shield with Englandtaking the title for the 11th time in a row.YOUTHNational TeamS14 / Scottish FA Annual Report 2012 15Celtic lifted the Scottish Cup for the 35thtime in their history with a 3-0 victory overMotherwell in May, earning manager NeilLennon his first trophy as Celtic manager.Goals from Ki Sung Yueng, Mark Wilson –with the aid of a deflection - and CharlieMulgrew ensured a winning end to theseason for Celtic, who were pipped for theClydesdale Bank Premier League title bytheir Old Firm rivals, Rangers.“We’ve had a great season and fell justshort in the championship, but this is afitting end,” said Lennon. “I’m delightedfor everyone associated with the club. It’sthe first trophy for a few years. The playersdeserved it and so did the supporters.”Motherwell defeated St Johnstone andDundee United, the 2010 winners, en routeto Hampden Park but found Celtic to be aninsurmountable obstacle.“There’s no doubt Celtic were the betterside,” said a pragmatic Stuart McCall.“We knew we had to be at our best anda few of us weren’t at their best but wecouldn’t ask for anymore in desire, driveand determination.”In August, the Scottish FA signed athree-year, seven-figure contract withWilliam Hill to become the title sponsor ofthe Scottish Cup. Carling also became theOfficial Beer of the Scottish Cup.Stewart Regan, Scottish FA Chief Executive,said: “We are proud to have a leadingbrand like William Hill as sponsor of theScottish Cup for the next three seasons.”Celtic also lifted the Scottish FA YouthCup after a Liam Gormley strike earnedthem a 2-1 extra-time victory over theirrivals, Rangers.William HillSCOTTISH CupReturn to Contents
  8. 8. FootballDevelopment programme16 / Scottish FA Annual Report 2012 17The Football Development department arefully aligned behind the new strategic plan,Scotland United: A 2020 Vision.Work is already under way in meeting thekey objectives within the plan of doublingthe number of participants in the gamefrom 65,000 to 130,000 by 2015, a project thatinvolves all aspects of the game uniting toprovide their respective players’ details underthe Big Count banner.We are responsible for growing the base ofthe game which, in turn, will help developmore talented players for the performanceside. On both sides, the need for more high-quality facilities and access to football ishugely important and, in this regard, we havemade some key appointments.Ritchie Wilson was promoted from hispost as Regional Manager to CommunityDevelopment Manager. He will have thehuge responsibility of working closely withour Affiliated National Associations’s indeveloping their specific areas of our game.The Equity Programme will be overseenby Faheem Bhatti, who will be responsiblefor five new Equity Officers under hisleadership creating links and programmesin this area. We also recruited six Girl/Women’s Club Development Officers, whohave been fantastic in creating qualityworking relationship with clubs for femaleplayers and we are seeing a huge benefitfor this group. This group will be supervisedby Sheila Begbie, the Head of Girls’ andWomen’s Football.There was also the first appointment of aFacilities Manager, Cameron Watt, who hasaddressed his challenges with enormousenthusiasm. He will support the RegionalManagers in improving local facilitiesthroughout Scotland and offer advice to ourmany clubs seeking to improve their playingareas. However his first task is to delivera clear audit of what we have at presentand what our areas of need are and howthat reflects in the number of football clubswe have. It will also be important for himto liaise with our ANA’s in seeking theirdirection in relationship to their long termgoals and plans.David McArdle joined to develop thedisability programme following the departureof Stuart Sharp.The sponsorships with Tesco Bank andMcDonald’s have given many young playersexcellent opportunities to play under AndyGould’s guidance and the support of theefficient Regional team. Sheila has ensuredthe relationship she has created with herclubs has continued to blossom. Donald Parkcontinues to develop the Coach Educationprogramme with new resources and morecourses offered throughout the country.The task to record the number of participatingplayers in our game in Scotland has been adifficult one, but the target of 100,000 beforethe end of the year looks achievable with thenew crop of young players now playing in avibrant player pathway from a 4 a side to 7’sat 9 years of age.To resource this we have once again beendelighted with the attendance in our CoachEducation courses at all levels. It is amazingthat year after year they turn up in their 1,000’sto participate. This has an obvious impacton our licence courses, where tomorrow’spro club managers will ascend from. Thelicence course numbers have been fantastic,with candidates from senior international proclubs to our recreational coaches and youthlevel coming through the process. Greatcredit to Donald Park in ensuring the qualityof the course is maintained at all times.The Scottish FA provides one of the finestand most respected Coach Educationprogrammes in world football.This year, almost 10,000 coaches of alllevels and abilities took part in a diverserange of education programmes overseenby the Scottish FA’s Director of FootballDevelopment, Jim Fleeting, with support fromthe vastly experienced Donald Park.Coach Education is accessible to all,whether it is through the Children’sprogrammes – which account for morethan 8000 of our applicants – the Youthprogramme, tailored Goalkeeping andDisability programmes or the suite of UEFAqualifications that entice some of the biggestnames in the game to Scotland.This year, two of the most prominent coachesin the world game, Marcello Lippi andAndres Villas Boas, visited Hampden Parkfor a special QA session open to all UEFALicence participants and those coachesundertaking their Continuous ProfessionalDevelopment. CPD is a mandatoryrequirement for all UEFA Licenced coaches toattend 15 hours of additional coaching over athree-year period.While in town, Italy’s World Cup-winningcoach from 2006 and the former Chelseamanager took part in the William HillScottish Cup draw, which drew a recordattendance to the Scottish FootballMuseum’s Hall of Fame.Among those who have enlisted for thePro Licence are the former Scotlandinternationalists, David Weir, GrahamAlexander, Scott Booth, Paul Richie, ScottGemmill and Stuart McCall. They werejoined by Anna Signeul, the Women’sNational Team Coach, Gary Locke, NickDasovic, Jim McIntyre, Alan Stubbsand David Unsworth among others fromprofessional football backgrounds.A plethora of household names alsosigned-up for the Advanced Licence,among them former Scotland capsColin Cameron, John Kennedy and GaryMcAllister, fellow Leeds United legendBrian Deane and Gavin Strachan, son of theformer Celtic manager, Gordon.That list was complemented by playerscurrently augmenting their playing careerswith coach education, among them StephenMcManus and Keith Lasley.The enduring success of the Coach Educationcourses is, suggests Fleeting, a legacy ofhard work in cultivating the programme.“I am hugely proud to continue the greatwork of the Scottish FA’s Coach Educationprogramme,” he said. “It has often beenmisrepresented as a Largs Mafia but whenyou look at those who have either graduatedfrom or lead the coaching programmes – SirAlex Ferguson, Walter Smith, Andy Roxburgh,Craig Brown, David Moyes, Owen Coyle, etc –it is not a bad mafia to be part of.“I am proud of the course and feel aresponsibility to continue to evolve andenhance the services we provide. The factthat we have Barclays Premier Leaguemanagers, World Cup-winning coaches andcoaches who have won silverware at clublevel in Europe shows that our courses arerespected throughout the game.”coacheducationReturn to Contents
  9. 9. The department met one of the ScottishFA’s Strong Quality Growth objectives withthe appointment of Steven McLean andCraig Thomson as Scottish FA Recruitmentand Education Managers with effect fromJuly 2011. This was a unique and groundbreaking initiative by the department tohave two active referees working at theScottish FA.These appointments, which reflect similarworking practices throughout otherEuropean countries such as Holland,Germany, and Norway, will allow us toreach the target of recruiting 3100 refereesby 2015.With the introduction of the Recruitmentand Education Managers, the departmenthas been able to complete its first ever ClubVisitation Scheme to raise the awarenessand understanding of the Laws of theGame. At the start of season 2011/2012,every senior professional club in Scotlandwere visited by the department and given apresentation on the Pre-Season Guidelines,which were shown to every senior refereeat our Summer Conference in St Andrews.So far the department, in conjunction withPFA Scotland, have visited 61 clubs andspoken to over 1000 players, coaches andadministrators.The department has continued to workclosely with the Scottish QualificationAuthority to create two recognised SQAunits that on completion will allow schoolpupils to become fully qualified referees. Todate, the number of schools involved in theSQA Personal Development Award is17 and the number of pupils who haveeither completed the course or are in theprocess of undergoing the course areover 200. The SQA Qualification will alsobe soon introduced into FurtherEducation establishments.The department is also undergoing a similarprogramme with all Under-19 players atclubs either through the SQA Qualificationor an Awareness Programme of the Lawsof the Game.The department has also visited everylocal refereeing association to outlinethe strategy of the department for theforthcoming years and to raise theawareness of the Scottish FA Campaign ofRefocus on Football.INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITIONOur international officials continue to beappointed to high profile matches in thelatter stages of all European competitions.In particular, our officials have beenappointed to the quarter-finals of theChampions League and both the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the Europa League.Craig Thomson took charge of theBarcelona v Shakhtar Donetsk ChampionsLeague quarter-final first leg in April atthe Camp Nou, with his team consisting ofFrancis Andrews and Graham Chambers(assistant referees), Alan Muir and EuanNorris (additional assistant referees) andWillie Collum (fourth official).Willie refereed FC Twente v Villarreal in thequarter-final of the Europa League, withGeorge Drummond and Graham Chambers(assistant referees), Euan Norris and StevieO’Reilly (additional assistant referees)and Bobby Madden (fourth official). Craigcompleted his European exploits in thesemi-final first leg of the Europa League tiebetween Benfica and Braga, with the helpof Francis Andrews and Graham Chambers(assistant referees), Alan Muir and CalumMurray (additional assistant referees) andBobby Madden (fourth official).Particular mention should be made toMorag Pirie, Scotland’s sole FIFA FemaleReferee, who was rewarded for herexcellent performances throughout theyear with promotion within the UEFAFemale Categories. Morag has regularlyrepresented Scotland in UEFA competitionsrefereedevelopment18 / Scottish FA Annual Report 2012FIFA Assistant RefereesJames BeeGraham ChambersWilliam ConquerMartin CryansGeorge DrummondGordon MiddletonDerek RoseAlasdair RossStuart StevensonFIFA RefereesCraig Thomson EliteWilliam Collum Elite DevelopmentEuan Norris FirstSteven MacLean SecondBobby Madden SecondJohn Beaton ThirdKevin Clancy ThirdFIFA FEMALE RefereeMorag Pirie Firstthroughout the year and her involvementhas helped to increase and develop thenumber of female referees participatingboth in Scotland and in Europe.Bobby Madden has been recognised forhis consistent performances in his matchesin UEFA and was promoted to Category 2 inDecember 2011.With the development and promotion of youngerreferees in UEFA, it was a decision of the ScottishFA Referee Committee, in conjunction with thedepartment, to promote John Beaton and KevinClancy to the FIFA List of Referees and Alan Mulvannyand Stuart Stevenson to the FIFA List of AssistantReferees with effect from December 2011. Theserecent entrants to the FIFA List have all successfullycompleted the UEFA Core Course. Derek Rose has alsobeen re-appointed to the FIFA list of Assistant Refereeshaving previously been on the FIFA List. This takes the fullcomplement of FIFA Referees to seven and FIFA AssistantReferees to 10.19Return to Contents
  10. 10. Section 2 /strong qualitY growth20 / Scottish FA Annual Report 2012 21Double the numberof registeredrecreationalplayers innon-professionalfootballOne national planMore attractivemodern game forall participantsMore talentedyoung playersLevel 1Double registeredparticipation inour gameLevel 290,000 participants (76,000)300 Quality Mark clubs (323)2500 registered referees (2,534)2011Community Partnership Board establishedFunding mechanism establishedPerformance Awards SchemeNew season adopted by women’s gameand U-12Facilities priorities agreedPositive coaching ScotlandAll Youth Associations sign up to NationalPlayer PathwayNew content for Levels 1 and 2Regional/Local Development Centresconcept and agreedThe Scottish FA ScoreboardReturn to Contents
  11. 11. The Scottish FA’s flagship participationprogramme, the Tesco Bank FootballChallenge, enjoyed a fantastic 2011.An inspirational project, it introducesfootball to Primary 2 and Primary 3 children(six to eight years old) across Scotland,helping to get them engaged in a healthyand active lifestyle.Now in its second full season, over 30,000children have been engaged so far withthat number set to reach over 36,000 by theend of the current football season.Pupils participate in a six-week blockof coaching through physical educationclasses (PE) in schools, delivered byqualified Scottish FA coaches. At the endof each block clusters of schools cometogether for a football festival.Festivals in 2011 were held at locationsincluding St Mirren Park (Paisley), RugbyPark (Kilmarnock) and Somerset Park (Ayr)as well as new facilities including ToryglenRegional Football Centre (Glasgow),Aberdeen Sports Village, and RavenscraigRegional Sports Facility (Motherwell) aswell as a host of local facilities. In 2012Tynecastle Stadium in Edinburgh will hostits first festival.At the conclusion of the football seasona national festival is held at the NationalStadium, Hampden Park for around 400children who enjoy a magical day offootball fun on the pitch and much more.The Tesco Bank Football Challenge hasseen support from clubs and players upand down the country, eager to lend theirbacking to the principle of getting kidsplaying the nation’s game.22 / Scottish FA Annual Report 2012 23Aberdeen, Ayr United, Celtic, DundeeUnited, Falkirk, Heart of Midlothian,Hibernian, Kilmarnock, Motherwell, StirlingAlbion, Stenhousemuir, St Johnstone, StMirren, Rangers, Ross County are amongthe clubs who have backed the programmewith players, managers and coachesattending events the length of the country.Many of the country’s best knownfootball personalities have supportedthe programme including: nationalcoach Craig Levein along with CraigGordon (Sunderland), Gregg Wylde(Bolton Wanderers), James McArthur(Wigan Athletic), John Kennedy (Celtic),Ian Durrant (Rangers), Craig Brown(Aberdeen), Ricky Foster (Bristol City),Peter Houston (Dundee United andScotland assistant coach).With significant media support fromnational and local outlets, the Tesco BankFootball Challenge has also generatedsignificant coverage for a previouslyuntapped area of the game.Supported by Scottish FA partner TescoBank, who are making a £1m investmentover the four year term of the agreement,the Tesco Bank Football Challenge isthe foundation level of the Scottish FA’sDevelopment Plan.Based on the four-a-side “Desire to Play”programme, it is designed to develop socialskills, health and fitness, camaraderie,and the development of general physicalliteracy skills.The programme also provides on-goingteacher training to enable them and otherschool volunteers to carry on with theprogramme long after the developmentofficers have gone. Over 1000 teachersand volunteers have already gone throughcontinuous professional development(CPD) training.Supported by one of the widest activationprojects ever seen in grassroots sport inScotland, a new generation of childrenare loving football. That can only be agood thing.Tesco BankFOOTBALL CHALLENGEReturn to Contents
  12. 12. The Scottish FA Leonardo da VinciInitiative has gone from strength tostrength with a further three fundingapplications being approved bythe European Union. This initiativefunds training camps for the ModernApprenticeship trainees at ourprofessional clubs and also funds coacheducation study visits to other Europeancountries. To date, the Scottish FA hasreceived funding totalling £3.3m fromthis EU programme, which has allowed atotal of 1368 apprentice players and 557coaching staff to benefit from Europeanmobility. We have submitted applicationsfor additional funding in 2012-13 amountingto a further £415,000 and we will beadvised of the outcome in May 2012.Aberdeen, Celtic, Livingston, Motherwell,Queen’s Park and Rangers Under-19squads have taken part in two-weektraining camps in Turkey, Portugal andCyprus. The number of venues beingoffered to member professional teams in2012-13 will increase with the addition ofa Spanish partner. These training campsfor young professional players has allowedthem exposure to European training andcoaching practices via interaction withhost teams, as well as experiencingdifferent playing styles and tactics.On the coach education side of things,groups of coaches from all of the sixregions have been involved in workexperience and Continuing ProfessionalDevelopment (CPD) visits to a variety ofEuropean destinations, including Spain,Holland and Portugal. Current ScottishFA UEFA Pro Licence candidates havebeen supported to attend the UEFA EuroUnder-21 Championships in Denmark andgroups of coaches directly involved inwomen’s football have attended the CyprusCup on an annual basis as part of theinitiative to increase female participation inScotland. These study visits allow coachesto interact with other European clubs andcoaches and examine club infrastructure,community involvement, playerdevelopment and coaching innovation overa one-week period. The coach educationfunding has assisted in addressing anumber of recommendations identified andcontained in the recent Henry McLeishReview of Scottish Football.Leonardo Da vinciProjectsCASHBACKpartnership24 / Scottish FA Annual Report 2012 25The past year’s activity has without doubtbeen the busiest for the Cashback forCommunities partnership with the ScottishGovernment. As well as continuing withthe activity, there has been a focus ondeveloping new ideas to include in a newsubmission to the Scottish Government foran extension to the contract which was dueto conclude in August 2011.We were absolutely delighted to be givena new contract in January 2011, with a£3m funding stream committed throughuntil August 2014 provided we continue torepresent the partnership in the agreed wayand hit the objectives laid out in the bid. Wefelt that the submission made in September2010 was a comprehensive one. It pledgedto add more value to already successfulprojects, creating new opportunities forincreased participation and integration intothe sport for a wide range of Scotland’syouth. We have taken on the challenge withexcitement and enthusiasm.The commencement of the new agreementhas included the following projects:Diversionary Activity: There are twoinitiatives that make up this element of thepartnership. The Bank of Scotland MidnightLeagues and Street Football schemes aredesigned to provide free weekly activityon evenings and weekends in all 32 LocalAuthorities across the country. Bothprojects have continued to do this in 2011with over 95,000 people taking part.Schools of Football: This is a social andacademic project designed to assist aselected group of S1-2 pupils attendinghigh schools in areas of social deprivationwith the development of a variety of skillsfor their time in school and outside schoolusing football as the vehicle. This projectmainly selects pupils who have difficultiesidentified in primary school ranging frompoor social skills to truancy. We currentlyoperate in 16 schools to over 440 pupils.Volunteer Development: Since 2008 whenCashback commenced, this project hasunderpinned everything we do and it hascontinued to be the case in 2011. Over 1700individuals go through Cashback-fundedcoach education every year and theirdeployment into local schools, projects andclubs in a voluntary capacity is the caveatthat we ask for in return for this fundedcoach education.Girls and Women’s Club DevelopmentOfficers: The 2011-2014 contract hasallowed the Head of Girls and Women’sFootball, Sheila Begbie, to expand her teamof grassroots workers in order to increasecapacity and infrastructure within thegame. We know there are many thousandsof girls and women playing the gameinformally but there is a huge discrepancyin the amount that play regularly with teamsand one of the key roles for the GWCDO’swill be to reduce that discrepancy andpromote the game to many more people.Football Equity: This is an area wherewe as an association have never hada resource specifically dedicated toincreasing activity rates from within BMEcommunities. Cashback have allowed us torecruit a team of six people (one managerand five officers) to work towards a seriesof objectives and targets over the nextthree years. This creates opportunitiesfor participation for those diversecommunities but also builds sustainabilityand integration into current Scottish FAactivities, where perhaps the awarenessof their purpose and availability is not at itshighest. This will be a huge challenge thatwe feel will not only benefit our game butassist with addressing unacceptable socialintolerances towards people from differentcultural and religious backgrounds.In 2010, UEFA amended their own gradingsystem for grassroots provision in theirmember associations. The project calledthe ‘UEFA Star System’ moved from being aone start to five-star grading to incorporatea sixth and seventh star. In 2010, theScottish FA, already a 5-star association,applied for the next level, becoming one ofonly seven associations recognised.Last year, we applied for the seventhstar and await the decision of the UEFAGrassroots panel this year.Return to Contents
  13. 13. Under the guidance of the Scottish FA’sfirst Performance Director the AchievingExcellence in Sporting PerformanceModern Apprenticeship (MA) is providing akey ingredient to the strategy of developingyoung talent and is providing a platformfor those progressing from the newlyestablished performance schools as theyoung players develop and sign with seniorprofessional clubs in Scotland.The MA programme, delivered inpartnership between Scottish clubs and theScottish FA, is in receipt of funding supportfrom Skills Development Scotland andhas the backing of Scottish QualificationsAuthority (SQA) and the sector skillscouncil SkillsActive who represent sportand recreation in the UK.With 135 young players registering onthe MA programme this season and afurther 110 players continuing into theirsecond year of their apprenticeship, thisis ensuring they are in receipt of the beststart to their footballing career whilst alsoproviding support and development for theday when they hang up their boots.The results from previous years can beseen in the current squad selections fromthe players who have come through theprogramme. With over 90% of the Scotlandunder-17 squad being selected from thecurrent Modern Apprentices providing atestament to what is being achieved bymember clubs in Scotland. The Scotlandunder-19 squad consists of over 80%of players who have come through theapprenticeship programme and 75% ofthe current Scotland-21s squad beinghome grown. Craig Levein’s A squad isalso benefitting from players who havecompleted their apprenticeship with nameslike James Forrest, Danny Wilson, StevenNaismith, Kris Boyd and Shaun Maloney.Significant achievements have beenrecorded in November 2011 when theresults from the apprentices who startedon the programme in 2009 providedevidence of 18% of them signing full timecontracts with a senior club with a further62% still earning from the game at variouslevels. These results compare well withthose recorded in 2008 where 12% of theapprentices signed full time contracts witha senior club and 34% were earning fromthe game at various levels.An important result regarding employmentwas also noted with 2% recorded asunemployed after the programme had beencompleted with the balance employed in arange of diverse industries, justifying theemphasis the Scottish FA and clubs placeon providing the additional educational werequire the players to take up as part oftheir apprenticeship.Modern ApprenticeshipProgramme2726 / Scottish FA Annual Report 2012Return to Contents
  14. 14. Section 3 /Financial returns28 / Scottish FA Annual Report 2012 29Provide additional£1.5m ofcumulative profitfrom 2011-2015Level 1Increase incomeby £1.3m5% cost reductionLevel 2Commercial development strategycomplete and Business DevelopmentManager employedNew fixture planning structure agreedto deliver additional £100k contributioneach yearZero-based budgeting appliedFocus on cost control adopted companywide 1% reduction on 2011 budget2011The Scottish FA ScoreboardReturn to Contents
  15. 15. FinancialREPORT30 / Scottish FA Annual Report 2012Scottish Cup 25%Television and Radio 25%International Matches 19%Commercial Income 16%Football Development 8%Youth Action Plan 4%Other Income 3%2010£24.7m2009£22.6m2011£27.2m2010£4.8m2011£6.2m2009£5.0mSCOTTISH FA TURNOVERThe Scottish FA’s total turnover, excluding subsidiary company, amounted to £27.2 millionfor 2011, a record sum which was £2.5 million higher than the figure for 2010. The mainreason was the full year’s effect of an enhanced television and radio contract with IMG,covering a four year period commencing season 2010/11, in respect of International andScottish Cup matches. In addition to the rise in guarantees, additional income continuedto be earned under the terms of the contract as a result of increased sales of overseasbroadcast and trackside advertising rights.William Hill Scottish Cup Payments to Member ClubsDue to the new enhanced television deal, the Scottish FA was able to pay out over £6.2million to member clubs from the Scottish Cup during 2011. The level of payments tomember clubs from the Scottish Cup can be seen in the following graph.A further £2.5m was distributed in respect of year end solidarity, performance awardsand licensed club payments to clubs and associations. Payments under the PerformanceInitiative made by the Scottish Football Partnership amounted to almost £1.7 million,representing a significant increase from the previous year’s level. The Scottish FAcontinued to support the Scottish Football Partnership in its ongoing activities on behalfof Scottish clubs and a payment of £3 million was made to the Partnership during the year.INCOMEIncome from International Matches, which included a sell-out attendance against the Czech Republic, also showed a significant increasefrom 2010 due to increased amounts allocated from the new television deal.There was no headline sponsor for the Scottish Cup competition in 2010/11 which impacted on revenue in the 2011 financial statements.However, the bonus payments paid to participating clubs were maintained at the previous levels. During the year we secured thesponsorship of William Hill for the Scottish Cup commencing from the 2011-12 season.The various sources of turnover, excluding subsidiary company, are shown in the accompanying graph.31Return to Contents
  16. 16. The Association’s revenue from itscommercial activities amounted to £15.4min 2011.During the course of the year newsponsorships were concluded as well asthe renewal of existing agreements.In August, William Hill was announced asthe new title sponsor of the Scottish Cup ina three-year deal. William Hill have becomeonly the second brand title sponsor inthe cup’s history and will join Carling aspartners of the 127-year-old competition.In the summer Specsavers, who are theofficial sponsor of our referees, agreedto support our new schools initiativewhich is an SQA approved qualificationto enable pupils to become fully qualifiedreferees. Further new agreements werealso negotiated with the Football Companyto install LED trackside advertising atour Under-21 matches as well as a newlicence with Konami for interactive footballproducts. In addition, contracts wererenewed with Cruise as the supplier ofteam clothing, Taggarts for the supply ofexecutive vehicles and GH Warner forlicensed footwear.There was a change in structure during2011 with the Commercial Departmentbecoming responsible for negotiatingand securing opposition for all friendlymatches of the Men’s A squad, both homeand away. As a result of this change,the glamour match against Brazil at theEmirates Stadium in March was agreed.With more of a focus on the commercialelement of these negotiations, funding wasthen made available for the squad to havea training camp in La Manga prior to thematch against the former world champions.This along with matches against Denmark,Cyprus and the three matches in the CarlingNations Cup complemented the UEFA Euro2012 qualifying campaign.In addition, a dedicated Sales Executivewas employed in the department to focuson generating further income streams andto build on the new strategy of attractingcategory partners to our properties inaddition to the title partners, thus providingmore revenue sources.The new Scotland home kit was launchedin November which was worn by the Men’sA squad for the first time in the friendlymatch in Cyprus. The kit retained thetraditional dark indigo colour but featuredan array of design innovations, includingunique saltire embossing and a polo collar.However, the most noticeable and popularchange was the return to the retro-stylebadge on the kit, which pays homage to theround badge used on the 1974 shirt worn atthe World Cup in West Germany. This newadaptation also marks the founding of theScottish FA in 1873.Scotland Supporters Club renewals werealso launched in November with an initialearly bird offer of £45 for two years. SSCmembership for the new two-year periodcommenced in January 2012, with over22,500 members having renewed to date.With approximately 18,000 on a waitinglist to join we are confident of reachingour maximum membership of 35,000 againin 2012.Negotiations are already under way for theannouncement of further new sponsorshipsduring 2012 and the department is confidentof another lucrative year.CommercialrEPORT32 / Scottish FA Annual Report 2012 33Could it be magic? A reformed and reunitedTake That ensured a spellbinding summerat Hampden Park.The return of the boyband’s prodigalson culminated in 160,000 excitable fanspassing through the national stadium overthe course of their three-day Scottish leg oftheir Progress Tour back in June.The climax to both domestic cupcompetitions, Scotland’s UEFA Euro 2012qualifying campaign and another legendarystadium act all contributed to anotherexcellent year for Hampden Park Limited.The Scottish Cup final was won by Celtic infront of a capacity crowd after victory overMotherwell in May.Neil Diamond returned to the stadium for asecond time in July, enhancing Hampden’sreputation as a leading concert venue onthe international circuit.The major event calendar was completein September when the unique passionand energy created by a Hampdencrowd was again evident as Scotland’sEuropean campaign headed towards athrilling climax. A controversial 2-2 drawagainst Czech Republic dented hopes ofqualification but a follow-up victoryagainst Lithuania gave a glimmer of hopeto the 52,000 fans who had packed thenational stadium.This year, The Scottish Communities CupLeague Cup Final was won by Kilmarnockafter a single late goal in March, while theWilliam Hill Scottish Cup final will be playedat the Stadium on Saturday 19th May.The support of our commercial partners ishighly valued and remains fundamental toour success. Our long-standing relationshipwith BT Scotland continues to flourish andthe first year with our new pouring partner,Carling, has been excellent.Despite competing in the currentchallenging economic climate, our cateringpartner, Sodexo Prestige, also enjoyeda strong year. It is widely acknowledgedthat Hampden has some of the finestconferencing and banqueting facilitiesin the country and Sodexo have beenproactive in maintaining awareness withinthe sector.The daily corporate business generatedby Sodexo is key to Hampden’s success.The senior management team have beeninstrumental in driving the businessforward with particular focus on meetingcustomer expectations and providing localquality produce.Two years of planning and preparationwill come to fruition this summer whenHampden hosts eight football matchesin ten days for the 2012 London OlympicGames. This is a unique and historicalopportunity for football fans and families tocome to The National Stadium and be partof the biggest sporting event on the planet.Planning also continued in 2011 forHampden’s major role in the forthcoming2014 Commonwealth Games. The Stadiumwill be temporarily transformed to becomea world-standard athletics arena that willhost the track and field competitions. Manyof the world’s top athletes are expectedto compete in the Games and savour theunique atmosphere of one of the world’smost famous sporting arenas.A few more chapters will soon be added toHampden’s long and rich history from theexciting times ahead.HampDen ParkLimitedReturn to Contents
  17. 17. The Hall of Fame enjoyed yet anothersuccessful year with four new namesbeing inducted at a glittering event at theGlasgow Hilton Hotel. Paddy Crerand, theManchester United and Scotland legend,was inducted along with the Terry Butcher,the former Rangers captain and currentInverness Caledonian Thistle manager.“I felt very humbled and proud to receivemy award, with so many fantastic peoplein front of me,” said Butcher, who laterbecame Scotland assistant manager underGeorge Burley. “When you go through thelist of inductees, it’s just awesome.“I had just over four-and-a-half years withRangers and in that time I scored a fewown goals, marked a few doors, broke myleg and got a criminal record . . . but apartfrom that it was fantastic. Scottish footballhit me right between the eyes when Iarrived 25 years ago.”There were also posthumous inductionsfor the Celtic goalkeeper and Lisbon Lion,Ronnie Simpson, and RS McColl, theformer Queens Park, Newcastle Unitedand Rangers player who scored 13 goalsin 13 appearances for Scotland between1896 and 1908. There was also a specialinduction for the legendary sportwriter,Hugh McIlvanney.The event was headlined by Sir AlexFerguson, an inductee from 2004 who wascelebrating his 25th year as manager ofManchester United.The beginning of the year signalledthe completion of a £110,000 MuseumsGalleries Scotland-funded project aimedat overhauling the existing lightingsystem within the main exhibition spaceand making improvements to existingdisplays. The result has meant dramaticallyimproved lighting levels within the space,while the installation of a modern andefficient lighting system has helped toreduce the museum’s carbon footprint.Under this project, a number of the existingdisplays have been given a new lease oflife thanks to the installation of new audiovisual equipment.In January 2011 we also opened a newexhibition, ‘Football in the 50s’, whichprovided a nostalgic trip down memorylane to a time when European footballwas in its infancy and when the Scotlandnational team was setting out on its firstWorld Cup campaign. Throughout thesummer of 2011, the museum celebrated10 years at Hampden Park. A dramaticallyreduced entrance fee and a specialexhibition covering major events inScottish football over the last decadeattracted 1600 people over just oneweekend, helping us to commemorate thisimportant milestone in style.Our ongoing support for AlzheimerScotland was a notable feature throughoutthe year. In February a special exhibitionpromoting the Football ReminiscenceProject was opened by the Minister forCulture. In October the Scottish FootballHall of Fame exhibition space hosted aSportsman’s Dinner which helped to raisefunds for Alzheimer Scotland. At the endof the year, a fine art exhibition, organisedby Glasgow’s Compass Gallery in supportof Alzheimer Scotland, was successfullylaunched within the museum.Additional changes to the museumexhibition space included theinstallation of a colourful cartoonexhibition by the renowned artist, MalkyMcCormack, and the introduction of aClubs Gallery, providing a permanentplace within the museum for all 42 seniorleague clubs in Scotland.The Sports Medicine Centre continues tosupport football at all levels in Scotland, aswell as providing services and advice tomany other sporting groups and the localcommunity. Within the Scottish FA, thecentre supports a variety of departments,particularly football development, nationalteams and referees, and will have an inputto the new performance structure.Staff monitor and advise on trainingprogrammes and fitness for our referees, aninput which has been recognised by bothUEFA and FIFA. Staff from the centre workwith Scottish FA international teams, bothmen’s and women’s, at all levels at homeand abroad. It is proposed that we providemedical and physiotherapy assessmentsand backup for those pupils entering thenew performance schools in 2012.The centre maintains a position at theforefront of education within football andthe wider sporting community. It works inpartnership with Glasgow University in thetraining of health professionals throughboth MSc and BSc degree courses andcontributes to the teaching of studentsattending Strathclyde and GlasgowCaledonian universities, both of whomare board members of the centre. Inaddition, the centre provides a number oftraining courses designed for doctors andphysiotherapists with an interest in sportand exercise medicine.Our educational remit also includesthe Sports First Aid course designedto improve the knowledge and skills oftouchline carers and the SportPromoteadvanced pitch-side skills course hasbeen recognised by UEFA as the templatefor such teaching across Europe. Whileall of the above is an important service tosport in Scotland the core business of theCentre remains to provision of an expert,affordable physiotherapy and health andfitness service to those who exercise,whether for sport of fun.The third year of the Scottish GovernmentCardiac Screening programme for youngathletes, run within the centre by theScottish FA Medical Consultant, ProfessorStewart Hillis, has been completed. Thisprogramme is designed to screen forpreventable causes of sudden deathduring activity in young people in Scotland.With Scottish FA funding, the screeningprogramme has been made available to allplayers in the professional game in Scotland.The centre continues to provide medical andphysiotherapy support for Scotland’s elitesportsmen and women through our workwith the sportscotland Institute of Sport.Staff regularly support individuals and teamsboth at home and abroad and will contributeto the Olympic Games at Hampden in 2012and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgowin 2014. Our work continues with a numberof external clients both sporting andcommercial including Scottish Ballet,Dance School of Scotland and GlasgowSchool of Sport and provides support to anumber of social inclusion and integrationprojects in line with our charitableobjectives. Allied to this programme, thecentre provides access at no cost tothe individual to a medical and fitnessexamination, designed to monitor footballcoaches’ health and prevent later illness.ScottishFOOTBALL MUSEUMMedicalCentre34 / Scottish FA Annual Report 2012 35Return to Contents
  18. 18. 36 / Scottish FA Annual Report 2012 37Section 4 /respected andtrusted to leadAn Environment ofTrust, Respect andConfidenceLevel 1RestructuredBoard andCommitteesNew-styleJudicial SystemExcellentMemberand CustomerRelationsHigh PerformingPeopleCommitted toEquityLevel 2New Board and Committee structureoperationalSupport agreed for regionsUpdated Articles and RulesNew Judicial Panel System introducedsuitably staffed with clear proceduresExternal communications strategy agreedRegistration management informationFirst satisfaction survey completedLeadership Development Programmein placeTalent ID programme establishedLeadership and Development Plans inplace for all levels of staffImplement staff feedback mechanismEquity action plan published2011The Scottish FA ScoreboardReturn to Contents
  19. 19. Henry McLeish has hailed the Scottish FA’s“significant progress” in actioning 95% ofhis 103 recommendations from the two-part Review of Scottish Football in the firstsix months.The former First Minister spokeenthusiastically of the scale of StewartRegan’s programme of reforms since thehistoric Annual General Meeting in June,at which unanimous approval was given forthe biggest constitutional changes in theScottish FA’s 138-year history.“The Scottish FA deserve huge creditfor implementing more change in thelast six months than had taken place inthe previous 60 years,” said McLeish.“When [former President] George Peatcommissioned me to undertake this reviewback in May 2009, I knew that it had toprovide a comprehensive assessment ofthe problems, challenges and, of course,the opportunities that faced football and Ibelieve my report has achieved just that.”“The progress made so far has beena major step forward for a gameexperiencing major challenges. There hasbeen significant progress and it is clearthat the Scottish FA realised somethingsignificant and substantial had to be done.”Since June, the Scottish FA has reducedits main board from 12 to seven, with theappointment of an Independent Non-Executive Director, Barrie Jackson, and, infour years time, the addition of a secondINED. The creation of new Professionaland Non Professional Game Boards bringgreater strategic focus to both parts of thegame. The appointment of Mark Wotte,the first-ever Performance Director, wasshortly followed by the appointment ofseven Performance Coaches. In addition,the appointment of Vincent Lunny asCompliance Officer was another significantrecommendation made by McLeish.“We are building for the long term,”McLeish added. “That’s the sensible wayfor Scotland to move and we are moving inthe right direction. The message today isthat tremendous progress is being made.We are exceeding expectations fromwhen I took this on. It’s not just a short-term response to the report but long-termrebuilding. If we are going to make changeswe have to get it right.”With the number of people attendingfootball matches in Scotland decreasing,McLeish was also keen to place emphasison the need for Scottish football clubs toprovide inspiration on the field to create anew generation of top players as well asgetting people back through the turnstiles.“For far too long there has been areluctance to embrace modernisation inScottish football and make the game fitfor purpose in the 21st Century but finallywe are starting to see the green shoots ofrecovery. However, in terms of modernisingthe game, it is important that there is avastly superior product on the pitch toattract fans back to grounds.“Right now I believe clubs aren’t too farabove only attracting their core supportand that has to change. I believe therecommendations being implementedby the Scottish FA will result in a betterstandard of player and that can only begood for the state of our national game.”HENRY MCLEISHREVIEW38 / Scottish FA Annual Report 2012 39Return to Contents
  20. 20. In December 2011, the Scottish FA Board considered a report from a Licensing Steering Group which had been tasked with reviewingthe potential extension of the licensing system to all member clubs. Licensing is the means by which we ensure our clubs comply withmembership criteria both domestically and internationally, for those involved in European competition.The National Licensing system was amended after a long process during 2011 and was changed the beginning of this year. Awards arenow graded at Gold, Silver, Bronze and Entry levels, and there is also an exceptional award available for clubs at Platinum standard.Overall, 10 club awards were granted at the first meeting of the Licensing Committee.The Licensing Committee is required to consider club applications covering five key aspects of club activity: ground criteria, first-teamfootball criteria, youth team football criteria, legal/administration and finance criteria, and codes of practice. Clubs are free to makeapplication at each level in each of the five sections of criteria.Of the 50 separate applications from the 10 clubs, only one was not accepted at the level applied for. All member club applications willbe considered this year.The Licensing system will encompass formal assessments against Club Academy Scotland standards in September and October 2012.The outcome will have a major impact on clubs in terms of their star rating and funding from the Scottish FA.Following a detailed report by the steering group, the Board agreed the following:• To extend the Club Licensing system to the remaining 20 Member Clubs from 2012 by invitation and from 2013, for those 20clubs that chose not to apply for a licence in 2012.• To make it a requirement for membership of the Scottish FA that each Member Club is licenced at least to Entry levelstandard. Clubs will be given until 2016 to meet this requirement.• To make a recommendation to the General Meeting in 2013 that from the 2015/16 season, member clubs are required to belicensed to be eligible for participation in the Scottish Cup competition. Those clubs that are not members will be required tomeet the Entry level standard as a minimum.CLUBLicenSing40 / Scottish FA Annual Report 2012ComplianceThe creation of the Judicial Panel Protocolis one of the flagship changes of theScottish FA’s new strategic plan.The aim was simple, given the demandsof the modern game, it was importantthat the disciplinary procedures werelegally robust but also, in the interestsof good governance, were independent,transparent and efficient.Thanks to the work of our legal anddisciplinary departments, the newprotocols were drafted in time for the startof the 2011-12 season and were activatedby the interim Compliance Officer, Will Cole.In October, Vincent Lunny was appointedon a full-time basis, joining after anillustrious career in the legal professionwith the Crown Office and ProcuratorFiscal Service.The statistics underline the fairness andefficiency of the new procedures. Of the159 cases referred to the ComplianceOfficer, more than two-thirds wereprocessed to a full determination, with lessthan a third resulting in no further action.The Fast Track process was acclaimed asthe crown jewel of the system, with thetimescales allowing Players Referencesand Compliance Officer references to beheard and determined on the Thursdayfollowing weekend matches by athree-person independent Judicial Panel.The panel consists of more than 100members. They are selected using acab-rank system and include formerfootballers, coaches, match officials andbusiness professionals suitably qualified.Of the 23 Fast Track Player References,principally for Cases of Wrongful Dismissalor Mistaken Identity, 11 were rejected by apanel, five red cards were overturned, fourred cards were reduced to cautions andthree were withdrawn.Of the 12 Fast Track References madeby the Compliance Officer, seven fixedpenalties were accepted, four referenceswere upheld and one was rejected.“The Judicial Panel Protocols have beena major step forward for the disciplinaryprocess in Scottish football,” said Vincent.“As our President, Campbell Ogilvie,has previously stated, people still getdisappointed by some decisions, but theyget disappointed a whole lot quicker.“It is important to reiterate that the keyfeature of the Protocols is the fact is thatdecisions are made by an independentpanel made up of three members. This isfundamental and often misunderstood. Myrole is to translate any alleged misconductinto potential rule breaches that then go toa panel to decide.“In order to get to that stage, it is vitalthat I liaise with the Referee DevelopmentDepartment, and in particular the Head ofReferee Development, John Fleming. Theyare the experts in the FIFA Laws of theGame. There is a difference between theseestablished on-field ‘football rules’, and theScottish FA’s disciplinary rules which weuse as part of our process.”Vincent has been heartened by theresponse to the new system by clubs,coaches and players.“They have been excellent and now havea good understanding of the system.Obviously I do not sit in during the paneldeliberations and that is a good opportunityto speak to the managers or playersinvolved. They all leave with a betterunderstanding of the process and howdecisions are arrived at.“You should always strive to improve andrefine and that is the next phase for us.The most important enhancement is joiningthe Referee Development Department onthe Club Visitation Scheme next season. Itis important that I get out to the clubs andexplain directly how the system works andhear any constructive comments not justfrom the coaching staff but the players.”41Return to Contents
  21. 21. 43The development of our online registrationsystem for senior clubs was handed overfor testing at the end of the year and will berolled out to clubs in the first half of 2012.The system will allow clubs to registerand cancel player registrations onlinevia the club extranet, generate and printthe appropriate form, attach contractualdocumentation to online applications forregistration and allow the Scottish FA andrelevant leagues to approve and manageall player registration transactions. Thiswill enhance further the level of serviceclubs receive.The system will provide instant approval/rejection of registration applicationsas well as providing the reasons forrejections and will fulfil the strategic aimof streamlining processes, improvingcommunication and modernising theScottish FA approach to service provision.It will also provide a reporting tool for fast,accurate information on the numbers ofplayers playing the game at all levels aswell as assisting other departments withinthe Scottish FA monitor the developmentand progress of players through all levelsof the game.When fully operational for the seniorgame, it will be one of the first nationalonline registration systems in Europe. ADepartmental instructional/training DVDon how to use the system is also beingproduced in order to facilitate a smooth rollout of the system to the member clubs.The system will also provide for theregistration of players’ agents andrepresentation contracts enteredinto between them and their clientsthat have been lodged with theAssociation in accordance with its playeragent’s regulations.FIFA TMS (Transfer Matching System)Following on from the successful trainingprogramme undertaken by the departmentfor Scottish Premier League and ScottishFootball League, a similar trainingprogramme was undertaken during 2011 forthe Scottish Highland Football League clubsin Lossiemouth and Inverurie, as well as atHampden Park for Scottish Junior FA clubswho require to use the system.Since January 2009, when the ScottishPremier League Clubs started usingthe system, a total of 882 InternationalTransfers, inwards and outwards, havebeen handled by the Association as well as88 applications for the transfer of minors(players under 18) into and out of Scotland.The TMS system is currently beingupdated/improved by FIFA and in May 2011members of the Department participated inan exercise undertaken by FIFA to gatherfeedback and ideas on the re-design ofthe system.The department also continues to serviceother areas of the Association’s worksuch as Official Returns, Register ofCompetitions and providing secretariat forthe Judicial Panel.ONLINERegistrations42 / Scottish FA Annual Report 2012BOARD OFDirectorsStewart Regan Campbell Ogilvie Alan McRae Rod Petrie Tom JohnstonRalph Topping Barrie JacksonREFEREE COMMITTEE (8)Chairman: Alan McRaeVice Chairman: David ReidMembers: Alan Freeland, Ian Fyfe, Jim McCluskey, DonaldMcVicar, Sandy Roy and William YoungLICENSING COMMITTEE (7)Chairman: Michael JohnstonVice Chairman: Ewen CameronMembers: Steven Brown, Andrew Dickson, Finlay Noble,Richard Shaw and Dr Andrew WaddellStandingCommitteesReturn to Contents
  22. 22. 4544 / Scottish FA Annual Report 2012Council2011/2012The professionalGame boardNon-professionalGame boardStewart ReganCampbell Ogilvie Rod PetrieAlan McRaeJim BallantyneGraham HarknessDavid LongmuirDonald BeatonSandy StablesPeter LawwellJohn Gold Tom Johnston Maureen McGonigle David LittleAndrew RenwickStewart ReganCampbell Ogilvie Rod PetrieAlan McRae Neil Doncaster Ralph ToppinghonoraryVice presidentsGeorge Peat Jack McGinn John McBethRichard Shaw MBEAlan McRae Sandy Stables Steven BrownCampbell Ogilvie Rod Petrie Alan McIntoshDr Andrew WaddellAndrew Dickson Michael JohnstonStephen ThompsonScott Struthers James Ballantyne Ewen CameronFinlay Noble Colin Holden John GoldTom Johnston Maureen McGonigleDonald Beaton David LittleSid ColumbineAlex McMenemy Gordon Pate Stewart TaylorIan Richardson Graham Harkness Frank MeadeDavid Reid Andrew Renwick John Taylor Brian EmmersonColin HoldenReturn to Contents
  23. 23. Attendanceregister 201147G. W. Peat 4 6 - 1 - - - - 2 -C. Ogilvie 5 12 - - 3 - - 1 2 -A. McRae 2 10 - - - - 4 - 1 -J. McGinn 2 - - - - - - - - -j. mcbeth 5 - - - - - - - - -a.e. stables 3 6 - 4 - - - - - -r.m. petrie 4 12 - - - - - - - 3j.d. brown 3 - - - 1 6 - - - -s. brown 4 - - - - 5 2 - - 2e.j. riley 1 - - 4 3 - - - - -a. mcintosh 4 - - - 3 - - - - 3r.w. shaw m.b.e. 5 6 - - - 6 - - - 2w.m. ritchie 2 - - - 2 6 - - - -s.a. struthers 5 - - 2 - 6 - - - 1j.w. ballantyne 3 4 - - - - - - 1 -e.g. cameron 5 - - - - - - - - 4l. cameron 1 - - - - - - - - 2a. dickson 3 - - - - - - - - 3s. thompson 3 - - 2 - 2 - - - -m. johnston 5 - - 4 - - - - - 4dr. a. waddell 4 - - - - - - 1 - 5f.m. noble 2 - - - 3 6 - - - 2c.c. holden 4 - - 3 3 - - - - -A. Mackay 1 - 2 2 - - - - - -t.a. johnston 4 9 - - - - - 1 - -j. Gold 3 6 3 - - - - - - -d.a. beaton 4 - 2 - - - - 1 - -m. mcgonigle 3 - 1 - - - - - - -D.M. LITTLE 5 - 3 - - - - 1 - -dr. r.r. houston 1 - 2 - - - - - - -a.b. mcmenemy 4 - 3 - - - - - - -g.l.f. pate 4 - 3 - - - - - - -i. richardson 5 - 3 - - - - - - -s. taylor 4 - 3 - - - - - - -t. mcgowan 2 - 3 - - - - - - -g. harkness 2 - - - - - - - - -f. meade 2 - - - - - - - - -d. reid 2 - - - - - 2 - - -a. renwick 2 - - - - - - - - -j. taylor 2 - - - - - - - - -b.s. emmerson 2 - - - - - - - - -r.kelly 1 - - - - - - - - -s. regan 5 12 1 - - - - - 2 -RecreationalFootball Disciplinary AppealsGeneralPurposes Referee Medical Emergency LicensingBoardCouncilAttendanceco-opted members 201146 / Scottish FA Annual Report 2012r. topping - 5 - - - - - - - -i. blair - - - - - - - - - -n. doncaster - - - - - - - - - -d. longmuir - - - - - - - - - -a. freeland - - - - - - 4 - - -i. fyfe - - - - - - 5 - - -j. mccluskey - - - - - - 5 - - -d. mcvicar - - - - - - 4 - - -s. roy - - - - - - 5 - - -w. young - - - - - - 5 - - -j. fallon - - - - - - - 1 - -prof. s. hillis - - - - - - - 1 - -dr. j. maclean - - - - - - - 1 - -RecreationalFootball Disciplinary AppealsGeneralPurposes Referee Medical Emergency LicensingBoardCouncilReturn to Contents