female coach group

Perfect start! Female Coach Development Group is underway

The first session of the 2023/24 season recently took place

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.

Helen Aitchison from Cumberland FA said: “The evening was a great start to the Female Coach Development Group, with a number of coaches from the county making the effort to travel for the session and be rewarded with some quality CPD and plenty to think about and take back to their own sessions within their clubs.

A special mention to the players from Penrith AFC who supported the practical element of the session which helped bring some practices to life.

As a thank you for the coaches time, all those in attendance were put into a draw to win a mini tactic board! We’re delighted to confirm the winner was Helen Watson from Penrith AFC Juniors!

Throughout the 2023-24 season, we will continue to give opportunities for female coaches to connect, support and develop across the county, which will be a mixture of online and face to face delivery.

We’re encouraging 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!

There is also a closed Facebook group for information sharing and networking throughout the season.

Female coaching event 


The next session will be online and incorporate an England Football webinar with coaches from the county then brought together (online) with The FA’s Chris Welburn to consolidate and link with local coaches.

'How might we effectively manage player behaviour to enable a positive football experience for all?’

Mon 6 November 2023, 7.30 – 8:45pm 

Join Vinny Halsall (PE Officer - South West), Matt Jones (Coach Development Officer), Vicky Fisher (Coach Development Officer W&G), and Chris Lowe (Regional PE Officer) as they share their expertise and insight on the live webinar.

Register your place now 

As a result of registering on BigMarker, and joining the live discussions, 2 hours of CPD will be accredited.


Further dates for the season, which female coaches can attend all or some depending on their other commitments and time.

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!



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.
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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