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Scotland under-17 coach Pauline MacDonald on coaching pathway (UK)

Pauline MacDonald stands out on the Scottish FA’s Uefa Pro Licence course. Of the 22 students enrolled this year, the national under-17 women’s coach is the only female.

The likes of former Rangers and Newcastle United attacker Peter Lovenkrands, Hearts first-team coach Jon Daly, and Ross County co-manager Stuart Kettlewell are among her class-mates. Shelley Kerr, who will take Scotland to this summer’s Women’s World Cup, and Pauline Hamill, who coaches the national under-19 side, are the only other women to have been invited previously.

For MacDonald, that backdrop made her first day in class a daunting prospect. “The first two days, I’m not going to lie – I was extremely nervous about the environment, especially with the level of candidate on the course,” says the 44-year-old, who was put forward by Kerr and Scottish FA performance director Malky Mackay.

“But I’ve settled in well, the guys have been fantastic and it’s an environment and an opportunity I have to embrace to get the most out of it for my learning.”



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