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Donald Park named as Scotland Under-19 coach

Friday, 11 August 2017


Donald Park has been announced as the new Scotland Under-19 coach.

 

The highly-experienced coach will combine the role with his position as Head of Coaching at the Scottish FA, where he is responsible for providing support and mentorship to the academies within the Club Academy Scotland structure.

 

Throughout a distinguished coaching career, Donald has enjoyed coaching spells at Meadowbank Thistle, Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Heart of Midlothian, Arbroath, Raith Rovers and Hibernian.

 

Since joining the Scottish FA in 2009, Donald has worked across the coach education programme and supported the national youth teams at various age levels.

 

He will take charge of the under-19 national team in Serbia at the end of the month where they will face the hosts and Ukraine plus one from Montenegro, Israel and Hungary as preparations for this season’s UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualifiers get under way.

 

Donald said: “I am passionate about the development of our national youth team players so was honoured to be offered to the opportunity to take on this role.

 

“I know just how hard our clubs are working to produce players capable of one day playing for the senior Scotland squad and hope I can support their development when they represent the under-19s.

 

“I believe we have some exciting players coming through right now and look forward to working with them and helping them to fulfil their potential.”

 

Malky Mackay, Performance Director, said: “Donald is a highly-respected coach with an excellent pedigree so I am delighted that he has agreed to take charge of our under-19 squad.

 

“We are fortunate to have someone as experienced as Donald in our ranks and the players will benefit enormously from his knowledge of the game.

 

“Alongside Brian McLaughlin and Scott Gemmill, we now have a highly-skilled compliment of coaches guiding our national youth teams and I am confident that we can look forward to a bright future under their tutelage.”

 


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