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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.

Following the online launch in July, we’re delighted to confirm the programme for the 2023-24 season to connect, support and develop female coaches across the county! 

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.

As we head into the new Youth and Mini-Soccer season, we are looking forward to catching up with those who have previously signed up as well as welcoming more females who are keen to get more involved in coaching or volunteering.

So, 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!

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

The group sessions will be shaped around feedback from the members, which brings us onto the first Face to Face session on Monday 25 September with a focus on Environment Creation.

The first Face to Face support session for female coaches will be an opportunity to learn and see some sessions in action.

Monday 25th September 2023
Newton Rigg Sports Hall, Penrith
Time 7:00 – 9:00pm

Register below before Wednesday 20 September.



We’re delighted to confirm further dates for the season, which female coaches can attend all or some depending on their other commitments and time.

Monday 6 November 2023, 7-8pm - Online
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!


Female Coaches at St George’s Park

Already a number of women who have signed up to the Female Coaching Development Group have experienced a day at the home of England! 

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

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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.”

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

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