Women’s development events in store

Do you want to help develop women’s football in your club, school or community? Do you want to empower, support and encourage girls and women to get into football?

Over the next couple of months each federation is hosting a Women’s Football Development Event which will help you do just that.

Participants at each event will benefit from networking with like-minded individuals, gain an insight into best practice for the running of women’s football and generate ideas which they will then be able to take back to their clubs, schools or communities to implement.

New Zealand Football Women’s Development Manager Holly Nixon says the upcoming Women’s Football Development event are a great opportunity for those passionate about women’s football to come together in a fun and friendly environment to discuss the betterment of the game.

“A key strategic outcome for women’s football in New Zealand involves the 7 federation’s Women’s Football Development Officers working with clubs to develop and enable women’s football,” she says.

“This includes the development of club-based women’s football coordinators and a wealth of opportunities for leaders within women’s football. It’s important to develop a broad network of people working amongst the country’s footballing communities and provide them with the skills to succeed, as well as a sense of belonging and a feeling that they are part of a bigger picture,” she adds.

“We are all working towards the goal of girls and women’s football achieving its full potential and it is therefore key that we all buy into that vision together.”

The Women’s Football Development events arrive at an exciting time for the female game in this country with the Football Ferns ranked at 19th in the world, a host of players based at professional clubs overseas and girls and women’s football having grown by 30 per cent at a grassroots level since the implementation of the Whole of Football Plan in 2011.

The events are not the only opportunity for those involved in women’s football to upskill at the moment with a female-only NZF Senior Level 2 Coaching Award set to be held at Capital Football Federation headquarters in Petone, Wellington from May 8 to 12. The award is fully-funded, including travel and accommodation for those coming from out of town.

“There are some amazing opportunities for women in football to take advantage of and If we wish to grow women’s football we need more women to support the sport,” Nixon says.

The details of each Women’s Football Development event throughout the country’s seven federations are as follows:

Northern Football, May 24, QBE Stadium
Auckland Football, May 1, Onehunga Sports
WaiBOP Football, April 27, Matamata
Central Football, May 29, TBC
Capital Football, May 2, Memorial Park
Mainland Football, April 7, English Park
Football South, May 4, TBC

To register for one of the Women’s Football Development events please click here

To register your interest in the female-only Senior Level 2 Coaching Award before the deadline of March 30 please click here

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