National Women’s Football Development Conference

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New Zealand Football is ready to host a National Women’s Football Development Conference in Auckland to equip its administrators to grow and develop football around the country.

Growing and developing women’s football is a key strategic priority for New Zealand Football and one of the governing bodies’ key initiatives is the development of club-based football coordinators.

“We want to ensure that our leaders within the female game are up to date with the latest best-practice and wish to contribute to their professional development in the football world,” said Holly Nixon, the NZ Football Women’s Development Manager.

“We aim to grow our network of female football champions and the Conference is an opportunity to equip them with the tools to grow and develop female football in their club.”

The Conference which will have 30 attendees in Auckland will cover a range of themes, such as how to establish a girls and women’s football plan, development of female referee and coaches, insights into junior football, club and community development.

It will also look into a player-centred approach; give an insight into female player welfare and Injury prevention and look at how technology is changing the game.

A number of New Zealand Football staff will present at the conference alongside guest speakers Laura Menzies (Sport NZ), Dr Jackie Blue (Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner) and Professor Toni Bruce (Auckland University) to give insight to how they can upskill and improve their delivery.

Since the introduction of the award-winning Whole of Football Plan in 2011, New Zealand Football has established the country’s leading community sport system and is achieving incredible results.

For the first time in 2016, NZF achieved more than 150,000 registered players. Sport NZ research tells us that 71 percent of boys and 52 percent of girls participate in football.

Since the inception of Whole of Football Plan, women’s affiliated player numbers grown 30 per cent. Futsal was embedded into the curriculum of primary and secondary schools around New Zealand. On the back of this the sport experienced significant growth in 2016 with over 22,000 registered players. Women were a key growth area.

Nixon said it is important to continue supporting that growth. The end goal is to combine all of the tools to help key people within the football community and help them develop and grow girls and women’s football within their clubs.

“It will be an action packed two days with a variety of speakers, workshops and opportunities to network,” she said. “We know that we have experienced significant growth in women’s football since the Whole of Football Plan and this conference is all about giving our female footballing champions the tools they need to keep growing the game here in New Zealand.”

National Women’s Football Development Conference
When: 12 and 13 July, 2017
Where: Spencer on Byron Hotel, Auckland
What: An opportunity to equip administrators with the tools to grow and develop female football in their club.

 

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