She shoots, she scores! Edinburgh College Sport and Fitness lecturer lands top national team coaching role

Edinburgh College Sport and Fitness lecturer Pauline MacDonald has been appointed Girls’/Women’s Youth Performance Pathway Manager and U-17s head coach of the Scotland women’s international football team.

A former Scotland international herself, capped 66 times for her country, she becomes the third full-time female coach working for the Scottish women’s international teams, along with Shelley Kerr and Pauline Hamill.

She will work within the Performance Department, where part of her role will involve the coordination and management of the regional performance academies and newly created regional performance hubs.

Over the last 10 years, she has been assistant coach and head coach for a number of national women’s youth teams, alongside her role at Edinburgh College.

Her first matches in charge will be the UEFA qualifiers in October when Scotland travel to Latvia to take on the hosts, Slovakia and England.

Although sad to be leaving Edinburgh College to take up her new role, Pauline is excited by the challenge ahead of her.

She said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed as women’s under-17 head coach and youth performance pathway manager. This is a dream job for me and I feel the timing is perfect in relation to my personal development across both my professional and coaching careers to date. It is a very exciting time for girls’ and women’s football in this country. I strongly believe my skillset and extensive knowledge and experience within the girls’ and women’s game will allow me to successfully support the implementation and delivery of our national team’s objectives and further develop our performance player pathway, enabling our most talented players to both realise and fulfil their potential.”

Edinburgh College Curriculum Manager for Sport and Fitness, Neil Mackenzie “I’m sure everyone will join me in congratulating and wishing Pauline all the very best in this well-deserved and exciting post within the sport she dearly loves. Thank you Pauline for your positive contributions, dedication to supporting students, professionalism and all the unseen work done after everyone else goes home.”

Congratulations from everyone at Edinburgh College!