SFA chief Gordon Smith pitches youth action plan

10 December 2009

SFA chief executive Gordon Smith (right) with research student Andrew Murray

SFA chief executive Gordon Smith (right) with research student Andrew Murray

GCU alumnus and Chief Executive of the Scottish Football Association Gordon Smith has pitched his plans to transform the lives of young people across the country to the university’s Sports and Active Lifestyles Promotion students.

Gordon, a Business Studies graduate, spoke to students in the Department of Cultural Business about the SFA’s plans to offer lifestyle advice and mentoring through football coaching to thousands of boys and girls.

He said: "I am very happy to have had the chance to come back to Glasgow Caledonian University and talk to staff and students in the Department of Cultural Business.

"I have fond memories of my time at the university, and enjoyed informing students about the work the SFA does with regards to the organisation of football in Scotland, and in particular our continuing youth initiatives, which will play an extremely important part in developing our national sport."

Senior lecturer Dr David McGillivray added: “Staff on the Sport and Active Lifestyles Promotion degree were delighted to welcome Gordon Smith back to the university.

"He kindly gave up some of his precious time to speak to students about the activities of the SFA and his vision for the future of Scottish football.

"In a vibrant session, Gordon answered a number of challenging questions from students and staff alike on every aspect of the game, including its wider social role, new youth initiatives and the importance of corporate sponsors in funding the future of grassroots football.

"We are looking forward to working more closely with Gordon and his colleagues at the SFA as we develop our sports provision at the university.”