NSFA are committed to creating an inclusive and empowering environment that supports female leaders. We recognise programs and initiatives are needed to support females with their coaching journey. NSFA What’s Best For Her Strategy identifies programs that attract, retain and develop female coaches with the aim to have 25% female coach representation by 2023. Since the launch of our What’s Best For Her strategy, we have been able to increase female coach representation from 7% to 14%!
Female Coach Mentoring Program
The Female Coach Mentoring Program is open to all female coaches from throughout the NSFA region, regardless of age, ambition, or experience in coaching.
The FCMP is a flexible initiative that provide participants a variety of unique opportunities to help progress their personal and football coaching development. This will be achieved through a series of workshops, mentoring opportunities, and exclusive presentations and experiences.
FCMP participants will be mentored by Kristi Murphy, Female Football Development Officer, along with exposure to the wider NSFA Coach Development team and Northern Tigers FC coaching staff.
NSFA revised delivery of the NSFA Coach Development pathway supports the What’s Best For Her Plan as we create an inclusive and empowering culture aiming to increase female coach representation. The ‘Blocked Approach (see below diagram) provides modular opportunities for coaches making the first step less daunting. NSFA are also developing Female Coach Educators to be involved in the delivery of the courses.
Youth Coach Development Program
NSFA introduced youth coach development program back in 2018 with the aim to encourage young players/football passionate individuals to take up coaching. With the goal these young coaches could start their coaching journey at their club with the support of club coach coordinator (CCC).
The YCDP is a coach education program that delivers FA Skill Training Certificate to participants aged 15 to 22. By targeting the skill training course to participants aged 15 to 22 reduces the barrier to entry. Youth participants are more willing to go on the course with likeminded participants. The presenter finds it easier to create an inclusive environment where participants are engaged and vulnerable key for their development.
Since establishing YCDP we are averaging 30% female coach representation therefore NSFA have made the commitment to run YCDP every school holidays. To find out when the next course is click here.
Club Coaching Coordinator Program
The Club Coach Coordinator Program aims to build a greater network of support for grassroots coaches. A club appoints a CCC, who acts as an in-club knowledge resource on coaching procedures and player management.
NSFA encourages CCCs to work alongside Female Football Coordinators within their club with the aim to support female coaches, coaches of the female game and female players. Support programs such as CCC are critical to ensuring coaches have a positive experience and stay in the game.