Female coaching event

Female Coach Development Group 2023-24

Providing female coaches with the opportunity to connect with other female coaches in the area and learn and develop in a supportive environment.

The aim of Female Coach Development Group, a partnership with The FA and Westmorland FA, is to provide female coaches with the opportunity to connect with other female coaches in the area and learn and develop in a supportive environment.

The Group welcomes established, as well as new or potential coaches across the county, to join the group whether you’re currently volunteering in grassroots football (girls or mixed football) or are keen to step over the side-lines and get involved!

The free group will run coach development events throughout the season, which will be a mixture of online and face to face delivery.

The first Female Coach Development Group session of the season took place in Penrith, with coaches from across the county attending.

The session focussed on ‘Environment Creation and Management’ with The FA’s Chris Welburn and FA Community Champion Georgia Smethurst delivering a practical session with players from Penrith AFC to bring some of the information to life.


Monday 8 January 2024, 7-8pm - Online

Monday 5 February 2024, 5:50pm-7.50pm, Dallam – Face to Face

April 2024 (Date and Venue tbc) – Face to Face

You can register now and you will receive information closer to the time or register at a later date!


England Football (National Webinars) - Save the Date

Wednesday 7th February – The match day experience

Monday 3rd June – Supporting players through different formats

Female Coaches are also encouraged to join the Cumberland FA Coaches Network which offers numerous CPD opportunities throughout the Season. Visit the CPD and in-service page for more details.


Join our Facebook group

We have also set up a Facebook group to connect with female coaches across the county. 

Any female (18+) interested can ask to be added here

Find out about the England Football Learning Courses to support your development. 

If you have any queries about the female coach development group, or have any other queries, please contact Helen Aitchison on 01900 511800 or email Helen.Aitchison@CumberlandFA.com



stepping over the sidelines

If Clubs have a number of parents who are keen to get involved but don’t know where to start (or are not confident enough yet), we can deliver a free ‘Stepping Over the Sidelines’ workshop to start the ball rolling…. Get in touch!

This programme is designed to allow women with transferrable skills and expertise from other backgrounds to inspire change within the youth game. Your valuable insight from experiences outside of football may just be the advice our girls' youth team needs to progress their development and feel inspired to influence change within the game.

You don’t have to be an expert to help our girls' youth teams gain confidence, learn new skills, and absorb some of your knowledge to further their growth through coaching.

Stepping Over the Sidelines Workshops


As part of the Female Coaching Development Group, a number of women experienced a day at the home of England football in August 2023! 

Female coaching event

The FA’s first Grassroots Female Coach Conference at St George’s Park was attended by coaches who joined the online launch of the Coaching Group in July! 

The conference included Guest Speakers specialising in Neuroscience in Coaching as well as Fitness and Physical Performance development, followed by practical sessions delivered by England U16 & U17 Coaches and Forest Green’s Hannah Dingley. 

Whitehaven AFC’s Gay Frankland commented: “I had the best day at St George's Park, loved every minute of it, it’s been so inspiring! It was really fantastic to feel supported by a whole community who understands where I am in my coaching journey.”

While Sharron Caton from Abbeytown JFC said: “What a fab day. Thank you for the opportunity, I came away inspired. Still absolutely buzzing!”

Female coaching event

Cumberland FA’s Football Development Officer Helen Aitchison commented: “It was wonderful that we could offer our local coaches an opportunity to experience a fantastic day surrounded with female coaches from across the country. By developing the female coaching group locally, we’re aiming to bring women together on their coaching journeys to support and connect with like minded individuals and build a solid foundation moving forward. There will be more regional and national opportunities in the future and we’re really excited to see where it takes us.”