Blues' Female Coaching event a big success

Blues' Female Coaching event a big success

Blues Women recently hosted a female coaching event, in partnership with the Birmingham County FA, at St. Andrew’s that was a huge success.

Held on the evening of the team's final Barclays FA Women's Super League home game of the season against Chelsea, 17 female coaches joined a host of Blues’ RTC coaches, BCFC Community staff and FA mentors.

The evening opened with an introduction from RTC Manager Jonathan James, who then introduced Chantel Hunter from the BCFC Community Trust.

This provided an insight into the Trust and the work that they do around the community, as well as exploring the opportunities for coaches within that.

Jonathan went on to discuss Blues’ RTC mission statement and showed the attending coaches how it links to the coaching culture that Blues Women are aiming to create throughout their pathway.

Jenny Hinton, currently Under-12s Coach and Ynder-21s Assistant Coach, Georgia Butler, Under-10s Coach and Cheryl Edwards, Under-14s Coach, gave an insight into their coaching journeys and what it takes to get into RTC coaching. Under-10s Coach Dan Kembery also supported the event.

The coaches were then set an observational task during the match, set by FA Coach Mentor, Martin Harrison, and Regional Coach Development Officer (women & girls’ game), Stacey Miles.

Martin Harrison discusses tactics with some of the coaches.

Martin Harrison discusses tactics with some of the coaches.

Post-match, Blues Women’s Interim Head Coach Darren Carter gave a debrief and answered some of the coaches’ questions.

Some feedback was left by the coaches in attendance at the event:

“Thanks Birmingham City for this event. I have enjoyed learning more about the female game and expanding my network of female coaches. Thanks for inspiring me to keep learning."

“I really enjoyed the event, I haven’t done a CPD event for ages so was good to get out there and do one. BCFC were great hosts and look forward to more there.”

“I jumped into volunteering at Wrens Nest Youth when my child’s team were without a coach. I had never done anything like this before and found it scary at first. But the support from Wrens Nest and the FA has been fantastic and then to have the support of a big club like Birmingham City is just outstanding! The experience of the workshop with Birmingham City supporting females in football was great and really empowering. I came away feeling really positive and with a lot more self-confidence to keep pushing the boundaries to support my grassroots team in their development through football.”

Thank you to all the coaches that attended, and we look forward to hosting further coaching events in the 2022/23 season.

We would also like to extend our thanks to the FA and Birmingham County FA for their support with the event.