FA Grassroots Female Football Conference

Cambridgeshire Coaches Join FA Grassroots Female Coaches' Conference

Four local grassroots coaches, and Cambridgeshire FA staff, form part of annual conference at St. George’s Park.
Four grassroots coaches from Cambridgeshire formed part of the 2023 FA Grassroots Female Coaches’ Conference, which was hosted at St. George’s Park earlier this month.

Zoe Harvey, Holy Hales, Birgit Meldal and Izzy King joined Cambridgeshire FA’s Tom Dickens and Amy Newell at the home of England’s teams for a day of networking and learning.

FA Grassroots Female Football ConferenceIn total, 250 female football coaches from across the country were in attendance, each enjoying guest speakers throughout the day’s activity, which commenced with talks presented by Sally Needham, Head of Human Development at Sheffield United, and Frances Hunter, Head of Fitness and Performance Coach at Middlesbrough Football Club and the Wales national side.

Among the opportunities to network, coaches also had the opportunity to have their photo taken with the Women’s European Championship trophy, which the Lionesses memorably won last year.

In the afternoon, the group from Cambridgeshire were able to take to the training pitch to watch professional coaches deliver a session for delegates to observe and draw lessons to implement back at grassroots level. Alongside both Sally and Frances, sessions were also delivered by Hannah Dingley, Head of Academy at Forest Green Rovers; Amanda Goodwin, FA Technical Talent Coach; and Natalie Henderson, the England women’s U17 head coach.

Following those sessions, the conference was wrapped up with a Q&A session, in addition to a further opportunity to network.

Each member of the Cambridgeshire group thoroughly enjoyed the day – and are looking forward to the next opportunity to visit St. George’s Park.

If you’re a female interested in getting involved in coaching within Cambridgeshire, please email development@cambridgeshirefa.com 

FA Grassroots Female Football Conference