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New faces in the Community Coaching Department

There are some changes in our Community Coaching team and we'd like to introduce you to some new members of staff at The Academy.


As we move into the Spring there are some new faces in the coaching department at Spartans Community Football Academy. Long time Spartans player and Community Coaching Manager Jack Beesley moved to a new position with the Scottish Football Association. We wish him all the best in his new job.


Our new Community Coaching Manger is Nichola Sturrock. Many of you will already know Nic who was previously our Women’s and Girls’ Development Officer. Nic is an extremely experienced coach and player. In her spare time she plays for Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale and coaches Edinburgh University Women’s 2nd team. With her excellent organisation and communication skills and her knowledge of the Spartans Community Football Academy the Community Coaching Department has the ideal manager!


In December Scott Noble joined the staff team as a Community Coach. Scott holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Science (Sports Coaching) with Honours from Edinburgh Napier University. He started his coaching career gaining his Community Sports Leadership Award at school and has worked with Active Schools delivering football programmes in the South of Edinburgh. He has also held community coaching roles with Heart of Midlothian Community Football Department and has worked as a Coach and Liaison Officer with the SFA. In his free time Scott enjoys coaching. He was part of Heart of Midlothian Women’s Coaching staff for three seasons before joining Spartans Women’s FC as Assistant Head Coach in December 2017.


Our newly appointed Women’s and Girls’ Development Officer is Rachel Walkingshaw. Rachel graduated from Edinburgh Napier University with a BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science and from Edinburgh College with an HND in Sports Coaching. Rachel has been playing for the Spartans Women’s first team since August 2017.


Rounding off our Community Coaching team is the familiar face of Kerr Allan. Kerr’s first role at The Academy was as a Youth and Community Worker. His love of football has seen him progress into the Community Coaching Department where he has completed has his Level 1.1 Early Touches, 1.2 Development Activities and 1.3 Coaching in the Game certificates in the SFA Children’s Coaching pathway. Kerr currently coaches the Spartans FC U16s youth team.

Photo L-R: Kerr Allan, Nichola Sturrock, Rachel Walkingshaw, Scott Noble.